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2017

The promised improvements never came in 2016, and the cracks began to show in 2017. Behind the scenes, the Dworkins were beginning to see the reality of owning a minor-league soccer team, and the politics which led to waning attendance. Statements in later years from former employees made it clear the Dworkins almost pulled the plug prior to the season beginning. Attendance suffered greatly with the season low having less than 1000 fans show up to watch Bethlem Steel. 

 

Only 7 players returned from the previous year's team, but they managed Lilley ball to perfection with 23 of their games either being a tie or decided by one goal. The standout player was Jochen Graf, a never say die striker from Texas who scored 17 goals, nearly half of the team's total that year. Another close loss to the eventual championship winners against Louisville meant the end of their season.

 

Unfortunately, the excitement around USL returning as a 2nd division league also meant costs went up, and on November 15th the Dworkins stated they needed $1.3 million by the end of the month to continue in 2018. This did not come to pass, and the hiatus began.

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04-01

04-07

04-15

Charleston 5-0 Rochester

Attendance: 2,421

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04-22

Rochester 2-2 New York

Garzi 45+1', Farrell 90+4'

Attendance: 3,459

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04-29

05-21

05-24

Rochester 4-0 Charlotte

Fall 27', Garzi 46', Madison 52', Forbes 85'

Attendance: 1,941

Rochester 1-1 Richmond

Forbes 32'

Attendance: 2,003

Rochester 1-0 Tampa Bay

Fall 27'

 

Attendance: 1,140

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06-03

Rochester 1-0 Cincinnati

Fewo 65'

Attendance: 2,158

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06-07

06-10

06-17

Orlando 1-1 Rochester

Correia 25'

Attendance: 967

Rochester 1-0 Ottawa

Felix 19'

Attendance: 2,548

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06-23

Rochester 0-1 Orlando

Attendance: 1,243

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07-05

07-08

Charlotte 2-1 Rochester

Fall 67'

Attendance: 1,623

Saint Louis 0-0 Rochester

 

Attendance: 4,634

Rochester 1-0 Harrisburg

Graf 85'

Attendance: 2,178

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07-22

07-26

07-29

Rochester 0-0 Pittsburgh

Attendance: 3,269

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07-15

Ottawa 1-1 Rochester

Graf 15'

Attendance: 5,525

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08-05

New York 2-1 Rochester

Fall 70'

Attendance: 582

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08-08

08-19

08-26

Harrisburg 0-1 Rochester

Madison 25'

Attendance: 2,078

Rochester 0-1 Charleston

Attendance: 2,319

Rochester 1-2 Saint Louis

Fall 7' (P), Graf 55'

Attendance: 1,607

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09-02

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09-09

09-16

09-20

Rochester 1-1 Ottawa

Francois 19'

Attendance: 2,345

Pittsburgh 1-1 Rochester

Farrell 90'

Attendance: 2,341

Louisville 2-1 Rochester

Graf 43'

Attendance: 6,698

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09-30

10-07

10-10

Pittsburgh 0-2 Rochester

Graf 1', Fall 14'

Attendance: 2,400

Rochester 1-0 Bethlehem

Graf 38'

Attendance: 963

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09-23

Richmond 1-0 Rochester

Attendance: 5,969

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10-14

Rochester 2-1 New York

Graf 35', Forbes 68'

Attendance: 1,402

League table to come later

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