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Rhinos To Host Harrisburg

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06/25/2012 12:19 PM -

The Rochester Rhinos host the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday, June 30th at 7:05PM in Sahlen’s Stadium.  The Rhinos broke a seven match winless streak with a 3:2 victory on Saturday, June 23rd in Richmond.  Winger JC Banks had a goal and an assist while striker Graciano Brito and forward Andrew Hoxie also scored for Rochester.  Banks continues to lead the team in scoring with 13 points in all competitions, and he is tied for the league lead with five assists.  Rochester enters the match in third place, seven points behind first place Orlando City with ten matches to play.  The City Islanders are in seventh place in the table – one point behind Richmond for the sixth and final USL PRO playoff spot.

Saturday, June 30th will be Hall of Fame Induction Night as center back Craig Demmin, striker Doug Miller, and goalkeeper Pat Onstad join Lenin Steenkamp in the Rhinos Hall of Fame.  The first 1,000 fans will receive Demmin bobble heads courtesy of Faber Homes.  Miller and Onstad will also have limited edition bobble heads later in the season.

Demmin was a First Team All-League selection in his first year with the club in 1998 and led the team in minutes played.  The next year Demmin earned First Team All-League honors for the second straight season, and was a member of the Rhinos 1999 U.S. Open Cup Championship team.  In 2000 Demmin earned First Team All-League honors again, and he led the team in playoff minutes played as Rochester won their second A-League trophy in three seasons.  Demmin played with Rochester from 1998 to 2000 and from 2002 to 2005.  He was selected to five All-League teams, and he was selected as the Rhinos MVP four times in his career.  He is fifth in games played and tied for fourth in games started and minutes played at the time of his induction. 

Onstad won six championship trophies in his American soccer career in the A-League and Major League Soccer.  He also won the Goalkeeper of the Year award, and First Team All-League honors in both leagues.  Onstad had the best statistical season for a goal keeper in club history in 1998 when he posted a 22-4 record with a 0.50 goals against average and 16 clean sheets.  The Rhinos 1998 team went on to a 24-4 record, the best mark in league history, and to win the A-League Championship.  The following year Onstad was the goalkeeper on the Rochester Rhinos 1999 U.S. Open Cup Championship team.  Onstad has the three best single seasons in club history in goals against average (0.50 – 1998, 0.62 – 1999, 0.75 – 2002) and shutouts (1998 – 16, 1999 – 10, 2002 – 10).  His 1998 (22) and 1999 (16) seasons are also the two best seasons in goalkeeper wins.  He played for the club for four seasons (1998, 1999, 2001,2002), and he was named to the All-League Team in 1998 and 1999. After the 2002 season Onstad moved on to Major League Soccer with the San Jose Earthquakes.  In 2003 and 2005 Onstad was named to the MLS Best XI team, and he was selected as the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.  He won the 2003 MLS Cup with San Jose and then won back-to-back titles with the Houston Dynamo in 2006 and 2007.  In 2008 Onstad was selected to the USL Hall of Fame.

Miller was the leading scorer in the A-League in 1996 with 18 regular season goals.  In 1997 he scored 23 regular season goals, and was the A-League’s leading goal scorer for the second straight season.  He led the league in points, and he was named First Team All-League for the second consecutive season.  After the 1997 season Doug Miller became the first and only Rhino to be named as the league’s most valuable player.  In 1999 Miller scored the game winning goal goal in a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the U.S. open Cup Final as the Rhinos became the only lower division club to win the trophy in the MLS era.  In 2003 Rhinos coach Pat Ercoli brought Miller back to Rochester after a four year hiatus.  He was selected First Team All-League for the third and final time in his career after he scored 17 goals.  Miller played for the Rhinos from 1996 to 1999 and from 2003 to 2005.  He leads the club in regular season goals (75), regular season points (168) U.S. Open Cup goals (7), and U.S. Open Cup points.

Doug Miller Bobble Head Night, sponsored by Wendy’s, will be on Friday, July 27th against the Los Angeles Blues, and Pat Onstad Bobble Head Night, also sponsored by Wendy’s, will be on Saturday, August 1th against the Charleston Battery. 

The Rhinos are offering two Hall of Fame Bobble Head promotions.  Non-season ticket holders can purchase a three-game ticket package and be guaranteed all three bobble heads for $49.99.  Season ticket holders can purchase all three bobble heads in a guaranteed package for $20.  Bobble heads will be available at the gates on a first come-first serve basis the night of each match.  The guaranteed package ensures the holder a bobble head each night without the wait in line.

Tickets are available for Saturday night’s match by calling 585.454.KICK, by visiting rhinossoccer.com, or by visiting any of Ticket Master’s retail locations.



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