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Rhinos Looking To Advance To USOC Finals

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The Rochester Rhinos will be looking to advance to the finals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament for the third time in team history. To do so, they will have to outscore a team they have never beat in Open Cup play - D.C. United (MLS) who has outscored the Rhinos 8-0 in three previous meetings and is the defending Open Cup champion. The two teams will kickoff tonight at 7:30 p.m. from the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland.


The Rhinos advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1 win against the Wilmington Hammerheads  (USL-2) at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester. The Rhinos received goals from Tai Atieno and Andrew Gregor (PK) to avoid extra time for the only time in their Open Cup run. Previously, in third round play, the Rhinos eliminated the Columbus Crew (MLS), by winning 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout after a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes. It was the third straight match that Rochester needed more time to advance. The club went to overtime to defeat Cleveland (USL-1) 2-1 and knocked off the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL-2) 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the first round.

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