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Rochester signs Sancho
Former T&T international joins the Rhinos

Rochester Rhinos News Release - www.rhinossoccer.com

Thursday, February 26, 2009

ROCHESTER, NY -- Rochester Rhinos President Matthew Ford announced today that the club has signed experienced Trinidad and Tobago International Brent Sancho to a two-year contract. The deal is subject to USL and USSF approval.

“Brent brings a wealth of experience and he’ll add an extra dimension to our defense,” said Rhinos President and General Manager Matthew Ford. “We’ll be looking for Brent to make an immediate impact and give us great leadership in the back.”

Sancho made his initial return to USL in Atlanta last yearSancho, a 6’1”, versatile defender from Trinidad and Tobago has traveled Europe in recent years gaining experience in both the English and Scottish leagues. Sancho initially signed for Dundee in 2003, making 48 appearances before a transfer to English League 1 side Gillingham, where Sancho went on to make 45 first team appearances.

Sancho saw success in the college game in the United States, leading St. John’s to a NCAA Division I National Championship in 1996.

After a three-year stint in USL with Charleston and Portland, Sancho moved his trade back to the Caribbean, playing 58 games for Joe Public prior to his move to the United Kingdom. He began his USL career in 2000 with the Battery, leading Charleston to a 18-8-2 record and a division title. He then crossed the country to spend two years with the expansion Timbers, earning All-League Second Team honors in 2001. He briefly returned to USL last season, joining the Atlanta Silverbacks in August, but only saw action in eight matches.

Sancho, a veteran of 43 Trinidad and Tobago international caps at the senior level, played all three games in the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany, making him only the second Rhinos player to have represented his country at the World Cup Finals. Former Rhino Onandi Lowe represented Jamaica at the 1998 World Cup Finals in France.

Sancho is expected in Rochester for the start of the Rhinos training camp, set to commence on March 19.

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