Soccer weekend in Rochester | Sports & Recreation
The Rochester Rhinos played their best soccer of the year last weekend beating Pittsburgh 4-0 in their USL Pro League playoff opener.
Tonight Harrisburg stands in the Rhinos' way of reaching their first title game in five years.
Rhinos Midfielder Tony Donatelli says, "We know its going to be a tight game, every time we've played its been decided by one goal so we're expecting the same we have to come in with the same attitude of last game and get a goal early and hopefully set the tone."
The Western New York Flash have already set the tone. The expansion team dominated the regular season with a roster chalk full of WPS stars. The team hosts Saturday's title game with Philadelphia.
Nearly 9,000 tickets have already been sold for Saturday’s game.
Flash Head Coach Aaran Lines adds, "I said to the players last night, put aside the two Magicjack games where a lot of people were coming to see Abby Wambach, they're coming to see you win a championship tomorrow."
More than a half dozen members of the Flash played for their respective countries in the World Cup. No one came back with a trophy and that makes U.S. National Team member Alex Morgan hungry for a title. Morgan says, "It doesn't happen often that expansion teams get into the championship their first season but for me I can't imagine how it will feel if I come away with a second place twice."
Rhinos Coach Bob Lilley says Rochester could raise two trophies in two weeks. "It's exciting we wish we could be playing a final here but this is our final and we have to win this one to make sure we give ourselves a chance."