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Rhinos Beat DC United In Crazy Weather

Rolfe scores in 1st H; 2nd H requires three hours
The Rhinos beat an MLS team for the first time since 2005 Tuesday night. 

And no one who was at the game will ever remember it for that. 

Colin Rolfe scored in the 27th minute to give Rochester a 1-0 win over D.C. United in a 4th round U.S. Open Cup game played at Sahlen's Stadium. 

Though for a while, it looked more like Sahlen's Swimming Pool. 

After a relatively dry first half, the rain began falling as soon as the whistle blew to start the second half. Lightning flashes were seen moments later. In the 61st minute, when the wind started knocking down signage around the field and the rain began falling sideways, the game was stopped. 

The delay lasted 38 minutes. It should have lasted much longer. 

Both teams were roused from their locker rooms out into a driving monsoon. The lightning had stopped long enough, from the officials point of view, to warrant a restart, but the rain and wind kept coming. 

The ensuing nine minutes of play were part soccer and part water polo. Passes into puddles stopped like they were medicine balls, but players who hit the turf could glide yards at a time.

At least three different times, lightning flashed in the sky without a stoppage. Fans in covered luxury suites (because there was no intelligence in watching the game from an uncovered seat) were screaming at the ref to stop the game. 

Finally, a distinct streak of lightning got enough attention to force another stoppage in the 70th minute. This time, officials made sure the storm cleared the area with a 91 minute delay before a restart. 

DC pressured heavily the final 20 minutes, but could not net an equalizer and Rochester escaped with drenched 1-0 win over the defending U.S. Open Cup champs. 

The Rhinos will play a 5th round Open Cup game on the road next week. It will be against either the Richmond Kickers or the New England Revolution. Those two teams will play on Wednesday. 

May they have better luck with the weather. 
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