Rhinos sign trio|
Schweitzer, Rivas return, Hudock new addition
ROCHESTER, NY -- Rochester Raging Rhinos General Manager Chris Economides announced that the team has signed former Rhinos defender Scott Schweitzer, midfielder Rene Rivas and former Charleston Battery goalkeeper Dusty Hudock.
Schweitzer returns to Rochester after one season with the Syracuse Salty Dogs. Schweitzer, the 5-11, 150-pound forward from Rahway, New Jersey, was a fixture on the Rhinos back line from 1998 to 2003. In his six-year career in Rochester, the charismatic defender appeared in 149 regular season games, collecting 16 points (2+12) and playing 13,343 minutes. Schweitzer, who currently ranks second on the Rhinos all-time list in three categories, (games played, games started and minutes) was a part of the Rhinos three A-League titles and the 1999 U.S. Open Cup championship. During his tenure in Rochester, he was also twice named the A-League Defender of the Year (1998, 1999).
“Scott brings so much to the field,” Raging Rhinos Head Coach Laurie Calloway. “Last season, Scott was very instrumental to our run late in the year. He is a good leader and a very inspirational player on the field.”
Rivas also returns to the Flower City, where he has the honor of being one of the first members of the Rhinos. Rivas played two seasons in Rochester (1996-1997), collecting 12 points (2+12) in 32 games. Rivas, the 6-0, 185-pound midfielder from Brazil, has enjoyed a solid career, both in North America and abroad. Rivas left the Rhinos during the 1997 season to play for F.C. Campomaiorense in Portugal. Rivas enjoyed success on the pitch in Portugal before returning to the United States to play for Syracuse on loan from Imortal Desportivo two seasons ago. In his career, Rivas has also played for Flamengo, Botafogo, America, Sao Cristovovao, Santa Clara, Leca and Vilareal.
“Rene adds great skill to the team on set plays,” Calloway said. “He was one of the top players in Syracuse the past few seasons and should enjoy great success back in Rochester.”
Hudock, the 6-3, 188-pound goalkeeper, brings a wealth of experience to the Rhinos’ goal. Hudock, a two-time A-League Goalkeeper of the Year (1997,2002) played the past six seasons with the Charleston Battery (A-League) where he holds most of the team’s all-time goalkeeper records. The Phoenix, Arozona native also spent time in Major League Soccer with the Colorado Rapids (1996) and the Seattle Sounders (1997-98).