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F.C. New York "Bags" a Rhino in the Battle for New York

May 31, 2011 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - FC New York News Release

On a beautiful Memorial Holiday "the boys" of New York City welcomed the heralded franchise from the north. The Rochester have been pioneers of the sport the last 15 years and each year they command respect.

This day was different then the previous 2 home matches. The coaching change with former player/assistant coach Paul Shaw now at the reins has embraced sporting director Carlo Acquista. The hours they have toiled over the past 10 days has brought energy to the club. Together they have brought in local talents Michael Aquino and Erik Rengrifo to add some punch to the chosen 18. The club now faces a tough opponent twice a week, their own reserve team. Acquista has brought in Tony Noto to assemble and coach the reserve squad made of talents local boys who push the first team like Rudy Ruettiger pushed Notre Dame.

The team just returned from an exciting 2-2 draw against powerhouse Richmond 36 hours earlier. As the Rhino's had forward Graciano Brito smothered, the day belonged to F.C. New York and some local boys. The scoring started with Queens resident and former St. John's stand-out Tadeu Terra whose beautiful passes have been feeding hungry teammates all week. This time it was Terra's corner kick that was rocketed from the flag and was met by the head of Brooklyn's own Quame Holder and was in the net with a blink of an eye. 1 - 0 F.C. New York. As the half was winding down Rochester handled the ball in the box and referee Ayodeji Obessan quickly pointed to the penalty spot. Local boy Jhonny Arteaga called for the ball, when the referee gave the go ahead Arteaga's stutter-step had keeper Neal Kitson moving and the score was 2-0.

The second half but was hard fought with chances and saves by both sides. The Rhino's got on the board when Frank Alesci punched in a poorly cleared ball past local boy Tim Melia (East Islip). Melia had arrived the day before on loan from Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. While Melia deserved a clean sheet his solid performance was a pleasure to watch. The remainder of the match Melia made two diving saves and his aerial hunger for the ball saw a yellow card pulled, surprisingly not against the attacker he met in the air but Melia himself!

Director of Soccer Carlo Acquista stated " it was a good win for us, but we have more to do and we will do it, the repairing, the re-focusing a step at a time. Today we'll enjoy the day, tomorrow we prepare for a strong Charleston team that will come to town Friday". Interim Coach Paul Shaw has a weekend to reflect on with pride, and his roguish grin was giving nothing away.

F.C. New York's next home game is Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John's University. For tickets and information please call 866-827-0154 or email

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