I'm not saying Coach Ercoli is the Miracle Worker or anything, but as downright questionable as his subs have seemed at the time of actual substitution, they've paid off like nobody's business. Of the Rhinos’ four goals, three were scored (and two were assisted) by players who didn't start. Yeah, maybe it only seemed like yanking Mali Walton, who got schooled by Trout all night long, was the obvious choice to come out first. Perhaps replacing 8-foot forward Greg Simmonds with 4-foot midfielder Temoc Suarez only seemed like a crazy thing to do with zeroes on the board. It all worked out, though, and that's all that matters... until it doesn't work.
Next up. The 2-0-0 Rhinos (10 points, 1st place in Northeast Division) travel to Charlotte to take on the Eagles (3-0-3, 13 points, 4th place in Southeast Division) and Canandaigua Academy graduate Andy Guastaferro. Charlotte is led by Jose Gomez (2 goals, 3 assists, 7 points) and Dustin Swinehart (3+1=7), the latter of whom was second in A-League scoring in 2001. Swinehart has scored in each of the Eagles' three wins this season, so if the Rhinos can shut him down... well, they'll still have to contend with other comically monikered guys like Pinch, Mouw, and Norkus. Craig Demmin's brother Dwayne anchors Charlotte's backline, which held the Rhinos scoreless in a 1-0 loss last season in the only meeting the two clubs have ever had.
The Hall of Shame. It really looked like former Rhino Henry Gutierrez had turned over a new leaf. He didn't resemble the Michelin Man when he played for Pittsburgh in the Rhinos opener, and he actually went four whole matches without receiving any cautions. That all changed this past weekend when the Riverhounds got spanked by Richmond and Gutierrez was sent off after earning his second yellow card of the match. Then, according to completely unreliable sources, he sat under the bleachers and ate 11 hot dogs.
Speaking of former Rhinos. Carlos Parra saw his first action of the 2002 campaign and netted the game-winning golden goal in the 103rd off of a free kick as 5-0-0 Atlanta downed Montreal last Saturday. Eduardo Sebrango was the only scorer for Montreal.Rhinos Soccer