The Rochester Rhinos hope to start a new unbeaten streak against the Charlotte Independence in a United Soccer League match in Charlotte, N.C. Saturday night.

The Rhinos (5-2-5, 20 points), who are one point ahead of eighth-place Charlotte (5-3-4, 19) and two points out of fourth place, will play at the Sportsplex at Matthews at 7 p.m. (ROC Sports Network WBGT Channel 18 and digital 46.1).

Rochester is coming off a loss to Orlando City B June 23, which saw its eight-match unbeaten streak snapped. Charlotte has been red-hot since the Jacks lost to Rochester 4-0 April 29, going 4-1-2 in that span.

The Rhinos have enjoyed success against Charlotte with a 3-1-2 record. They also eliminated the Independence from the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last year behind a 3-1 home victory.

The Rochester attack is paced by Wal Fall who has tallied three goals in 11 appearances. Goalkeeper Tomas Gomez, the 2016 USL Golden Glove winner, has been a pillar in the net. He is tied for second place with five shutouts, having allowed eight goals in 11 games.

The Independence is led by Enzo Martinez, who has six goals in nine matches, tied for seventh in the league.  Goalkeeper Cody Mizell has allowed 15 goals in games, including two shutouts.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at