TORONTO — Jalen Brown tallied his first professional goal in the 10th minute, leading the Rochester Rhinos to a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC II in a United Soccer League match Saturday night.

The win enabled the Rhinos to move into the top four* in the Eastern Conference. The top eight teams make the playoffs.

The Rhinos improvd to 11-5-8 and 41 points, level on points with third-place Charleston Battery with two matches in hand. Only Louisville City FC and Charlotte Independence (47 points each) have fared better.

Toronto remained in last place in the conference at 5-15-7 and 22 points.

Brown scored the winner in the 10th minute after hitting the post with his initial shot off a Ryan James shot. He toe-poked home the rebound.

Goalkeeper Tomas Gomez made one save and earned his ninth clean sheet of the season, one behind Diego Restrepo of San Antonio FC for the league lead.
goalkeeper – only to be denied by a sliding Julian Dunn.

Rhinos captain Kenardo Forbes enjoyed a successful night back from his three-match suspension, creating two chances, making three interceptions and connecting on 86 percent of his passes.

The Rhinos return to Capelli Sport Stadium as they take on the Ottawa Fury Saturday at 6:05 p.m.

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 Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. 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 Amazon.com.