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The Rochester Rhinos (aka Rochester Raging Rhinos) soccer club was founded in 1996. Home games were played at Fauver Stadium on the University of Rochester campus before the opening of Frontier Field in downtown Rochester. In 2006, the Rhinos moved to their new purpose-built stadium, Sahlen's Stadium.
The club is now owned by the Adirondack Sports Club, LLC; team owner Rob Clark took over the team when the former owners defaulted on bank loans for the stadium and the club was taken over by the City of Rochester.
This Rochester Rhinos have enjoyed a high level of success in their short history. A-League Championships were earned in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. The Rhinos also won a U.S. Open Cup Championship in 1999, en route to which they defeated several MLS teams. This much success has made the Rhinos the premier franchise in the A-League (now the USL) and feared by their opponents.
Also adding to the Rochester advantage has been the large amount of fan support locally for the Rhinos. In its first decade the team typically drew nine or ten thousand fans per match, a statistic which pushed the effort to construct their own stadium. (During the 2000 season, the Rhinos drew on average 11,628 fans for 15 games.) Attendance now runs less than half that, however, despite generally competitive teams.
In 2012 the Rhinos played in the 11-team USL PRO division (two steps below Major League Soccer). Their home opener was Saturday, May 5 against the Charlotte Eagles. They finished the regular season with a 12-7-5 record, earning second seed in the league playoffs, but lost the semifinal match on penalty kicks.
In 2013 USL PRO expanded to 13 teams. The Rhinos lost their May 4 home opener 0-1 to the Harrisburg City Islanders. On May 19, with a record of 1-6-1, the club dismissed head coach Jesse Myers, replacing him with Pat Ercoli. Despite improved play they finished their season in 11th place with a 6-10-10 record, breaking a 17-year streak by failing to make the playoffs for the first time in team history.
On October 16, 2015, The Rhinos won the USL championship.
Also see Rochester Junior Rhinos youth soccer program.
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