5.14.2009

Live! Tonight! On FSC!



In some weird, nonsensical way Rochester Rhinos are the LA Galaxy of USL1. In the late 90's/early 2000's they were the "model franchise" that won championships and trophies (3 league titles and the US Open Cup between 1998-2001) and seemed destined to take their club to a higher level, that level being Major League Soccer. Except where LA's ticket to that next level (the hallowed realm of "Superclub") was a player, Rochester's was a stadium. But unfortunately things haven't really worked out as planned for either side because LA are now worse than they have ever been and Rochester came within a garbage plate of ceasing to exist last year so MLS might be a stretch.

So this Los Angeles Galaxy of Rochester is playing what I would say is my USL1 side of choice, the Portland Timbers, tonight on FSC at 11pm EST. I often can't make it through a USL match in it's entireity but since it is Portland there is garuanteed to at least be a bit of atmosphere and a few familiar names to keep me interested; the Rose City side boasts former MLSers Steve Cronin (LA), Alex Nimo (RSL), Ryan Pore (Kansas City), Keith Savage (Chivas USA) and 55 cap Japanese International Takayuki Suzuki.

Now if you are unmarried, in college or a drunk I would suggest you get your ass out to a bar tonight instead. But if you are a broke-assed 33 year old father of two who can't be bothered to go out on a Thursday if it's not for work, a match or to see a band this is must-see TV.

5 comments:

Jamie said...

As a native Rochesterian who has lived in Portland and loves it there, I'm conflicted about who to pull for. I'm just glad Rochester still have a team.

Kudos on the garbage plate reference. One summer in college, I ate a plate every day for a month. Now I'm vegetarian. That doesn't happen anymore.

Anonymous said...

"Now if you are unmarried, in college or a drunk I would suggest you get your ass out to a bar tonight instead. But if you are a broke-assed 33 year old father of two who can't be bothered to go out on a Thursday if it's not for work, a match or to see a band this is must-see TV."

LOL hilarity

Anonymous said...

Do they still have "Shithead" Suzuki?

George said...

"I often can't make it through a USL match in it's entireity"

I don't hate on MLS, but if you substitute MLS for USL in that sentence, then it becomes a line I've heard before.

Just pointing out the hypocrisy that exists among a lot of “MLSers,” but this blog is cool. Seriously, SF keep carrying the torch through the dark that is Mainstream America’s perception of Soccer in this country!!

devin said...

are you kidding me? comparing the MLS to the USL is nothing but pretentious. It's not a matter of just big money production here. In Europe maybe, but the quality of play between the USL/MLS is huge. The proof is in Rochester giving up that last minute penalty like that. That was bush league.