A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies second Exhibition Game, of their tour of Haiti, against the National Team of Haiti, played on January 15th, 1976, in Port Au Prince.
The Rowdies lost the game 0-1.
I recently received a photo from Kathryn Sherman, of another member of the progressive rock band Kansas, wearing a Rowdies jersey, this time it's keyboard player Steve Walsh, wearing a Rodney Marsh jersey, but with the wording KANSAS on the back.
The Rowdies knocked off the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 2-0 Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium. With the win, the Rowdies remains alone in third place in the NASL standings with 34 points and extends its road unbeaten streak to a season-high three games.
"It was pleasing to come here and take away the three points with a very good victory," said head coach Ricky Hill. "I am thrilled with how the players competed for the full 90 minutes tonight."
The Rowdies continues its four-game road trip, the longest of the year, next Saturday, September 3 when it travels to Cary, North Carolina to face the league-leading Carolina RailHawks at 7:00 p.m.
"We managed to get three points, which sets us up for a very difficult stretch starting next week with three more on the road," added Hill. "It is going to be a big test for us and we will need all of our able bodies."
Forward Aaron King scored his eighth goal of the year in the ninth minute, giving the Rowdies at least one first half goal in its 10th consecutive game. Forward Mike Ambersley was credited with his fifth assist, tied with Pascal Millien for most on the team in 2011.
Midfielder Tsuyoshi Yoshitake, starting in place of the injured Millien (achilles), started the play down the left wing before feeding Ambersley, who re-directed the ball to King for the first goal of the game. King now owns the two quickest goals of the year for the Rowdies, in the sixth minute against FC Edmonton on July 27 and in the ninth minute Saturday night against the Strikers. The Rowdies has now scored first in six straight matches.
"It was a very nice buildup and cross from Yoshi," said Hill. "I was pleased to then see the two forwards work together as they have continued to create opportunities for each other."
Goalkeeper Jeff Attinella made two saves in the first half, including an excellent stop from point blank range in the 28th minute on Strikers Teopolo Morales.
Ambersley gave the Rowdies a two-goal advantage when he caught Strikers goalkeeper Matt Glaeser out of position following an errant back pass and scored his 11th of the season in the 77th minute. His 11 goals are tops on the team and second-best in the NASL.
"Mike had a beautiful finish and tucked the ball into the corner of the goal," said Hill. "It came at a crucial time to give us a two-goal cushion and kind of deflate the Strikers slightly."
Attinella kept Ft. Lauderdale off the scoreboard with four saves total for his fourth shutout of the year and the team's seventh clean sheet overall in 2011.
"Jeff was very good tonight in managing his box, handling corners and making the saves when called upon," said Hill. "Ft. Lauderdale produced quite a few good scoring chances and our back four, including Jeff, all stood up to that pressure very well."
The Rowdies has now claimed the season series and the Coastal Cup for the second straight year with two victories and one tie over the Strikers.
Just about the entire Rowdies team watches as the New York Cosmos score from a free kick, at Giants Stadium in 1984. From left to right are Perry Van Der Beck, Steve Wegerle, Peter Roe, Wes McLeod, Tony Towers, goalie Arnie Mausser and leaping Mike Connell. The Rowdies were hammered 1-5.
The Rowdies hosted its second annual Celebrity Game, presented by Buick/GMC. The Buick Yellow Team won the contest 2-0 over the GMC Green Team on the strength of two goals from former Rowdies player Peter Ward and some excellent saves by former Rowdies goalkeeper Kevin Keelan.
The Rowdies lost to the Puerto Rico Islanders 2-1 Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium, ending its season-long four-match unbeaten streak. The win was the fourth consecutive victory for the Islanders and snapped the Rowdies' team-record four-match winning streak at home.
"No one likes to lose and we don't want to lose," said Rowdies' head coach Ricky Hill. "For the majority of the game, I was very pleased with how we played. I saw a lot more positives tonight than perhaps earlier in the season. Earlier in the year we were a lot more vulnerable and we were not as settled as we were through most of the game tonight."
After a 30-minute delay to the start of the match because of inclement weather, the game started off in a fast pace.
Forward Mike Ambersley gave the Rowdies a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute with his team-leading 10th goal of the year. The unassisted goal by Ambersley gave the Rowdies at least one first-half goal in its ninth consecutive match.
Puerto Rico quickly responded with the tying point in the 33rd minute on a goal by forward Nick Addlery inside the 18-yard box, assisted by midfielder Noah Delgado.
Puerto Rico took its first lead of the game when forward David Foley scored in the 75th minute with a strong individual effort down the center of the field, skirting defenders Frankie Sanfilippo and JP Rodrigues as well as goalkeeper Jeff Attinella. Foley has now scored in the last three league games for the Islanders.
The Rowdies added five more shots against goalkeeper Ray Burse, last week's NASL Defender of the Week, but could not equalize the score in the last minutes of the match.
"We had plenty of chances, which is a positive thing, but we need to concentrate on finishing when we get the opportunities," said Ambersley. "In these big games, you have to finish your chances to win. Every loss is unfortunate and you don't want to lose any games, especially at home. There are a lot of positives we can take out of this. Now we need to put it behind us and get ready for Ft. Lauderdale."
At halftime, the Rowdies hosted its second annual Celebrity Game, presented by Buick/GMC. The Buick Yellow Team won the contest 2-0 over the GMC Green Team on the strength of two goals from former Rowdies player Peter Ward and some excellent saves by former Rowdies goalkeeper Kevin Keelan.
The Rowdies knocked off NSC Minnesota 2-0 Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium with its fourth consecutive home victory in league play and moved into sole possession of third place in the NASL standings. With the win, the Rowdies also extended its unbeaten streak to four games, equaling its season-high, and the four consecutive home wins extend a team record.
"The guys feel good about themselves, they feel good about each other, and they have a belief when they step on the field that they expect to not be beaten," said head coach Ricky Hill. "For me, that's a great feeling. After the game, I told them that there's a mood amongst the guys in the locker room and a camaraderie that is building and growing."
Midfielder Pascal Millien gave the Rowdies a 1-0 lead with a devastating long ball from about 30 yards out from the net that bypassed NSC Minnesota goalkeeper Joe Warren, hitting off the crossbar and into the goal in the 45th minute. Millien's goal was his fourth of the season and was assisted by midfielder Keith Savage. It marked the eighth straight game for the Rowdies with at least one goal in the first half.
"It was my lucky day," said Millien. "I think that's one of my best goals ever. As soon as I took the shot, I thought it was in. We are chasing a playoff spot right now so we have to keep working hard."
The Rowdies extended the lead in the 65th minute when team captain and defender Frankie Sanfilippo had his shot deflect off a Minnesota player and into the goal by the near post for a 2-0 lead. It was Sanfilippo's first goal of the year and came after a patient lead pass from forward Aaron King, who was credited with his fourth assist of the year. King has now scored at least one point in eight straight matches for the Rowdies and his four assists are tied for second-best on the club.
"We have seven more games to go and it's going to be an exciting race," said Sanfilippo. "To come out of this stretch with seven points after playing three games in eight days just shows how everybody on this team fought up and down the field. It was a big win for us tonight."
The Rowdies extended another team record with its sixth shutout of the year, including the third this season for rookie goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, who was superb with seven saves on the night. One of his best stops came in the 83rd minute, when he made a diving stop off a deflected free kick.
Midfielder Mozzi Gyorio buried a free kick in the 90th minute to rally the Rowdies to a 3-3 draw against Montreal Wednesday night at Saputo Stadium. Gyorio's goal capped a furious comeback that saw the Rowdies come back from a 3-1 deficit with less than six minutes remaining in the match.
"Once they went up 3-1, we knew we had to dig deep and stick together," said Gyorio. "It gave us a little bit of hope when we scored the second goal, and then we were able to tie the game. It was a crucial point for us and I think it showed a lot of character."
With the tie and NSC Minnesota's 1-0 loss at home to Ft. Lauderdale, the Rowdies moved into a tie for third place in the NASL standings with the Stars. The Rowdies and NSC Minnesota meet this Saturday, August 13 at Al Lang Stadium.
"We knew that Montreal would come out with some purpose in the second half, and they scored the quick goal and then took advantage of some poor defending by us," said head coach Ricky Hill. "After we went down 3-1, we changed formations and the players that came off the bench really came onto the field with a purpose and played their part. It was fantastic; to come back from 3-1 down is a great achievement."
Rowdies' midfielder Shane Hill gave the Rowdies a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute as he deposited the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the year. It gave the Rowdies at least one goal in the first half in seven consecutive games.
The Rowdies took the 1-0 lead into halftime, but Montreal quickly tied the match in the 46th minute. Forward Eduardo Sebrango scored his fifth of the year on an assist from second half substitute Ali Gerba. Moments later, Montreal took its first lead of the match when midfielder Ian Westlake scored in the 54th minute, his third of the season, on Gerba's second assist of the game.
Sebrango notched his second of the game in the 75th minute, giving the Impact a 3-1 advantage. Gerba earned his third assist of the match on the goal as the Impact appeared to be in control.
Rowdies' forward Aaron King gave the team some life when he notched his sixth goal in the last seven games on an assist from defender Frankie Sanfilippo in the 85th minute to cut the deficit to 3-2.
"It was a team goal by Aaron," said Hill. "We managed to move through the midfield and into the wide position, better than we had done previously in the game. Frankie had an inviting cross into the box. And Aaron King has been great in terms of his goal-scoring prowess and his efforts. That gaves us the belief that we could get something out of the game."
Moments later, Gyorio stunned the Impact with his 90th minute strike to earn the point.
"It was a fantastic free kick and wonderful execution by Mozzi," said Hill. "In previous games, he has been unfortunate at times in hitting the crossbar. He does practice for these moments. It was not an easy shot by any means and it was great for him to step up at that time when the team needed him."
"I have been working on it a lot after practice," said Gyorio. "There are a few of us that stay after training and work on free kicks and corners, and it paid off tonight. I knew I had to hit it hard because he is a big keeper. So I just hit it hard with the dip and it went right where I wanted it to go."
The Rowdies routed Atlanta 4-0 Saturday night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on the strength of two goals from midfielder Keith Savage.
The 4-0 win marked the largest margin of victory in team history and gave the club its fifth shutout of the year, most in a single season. Goalkeeper Evan Newton became the third Rowdies' netminder to post a shutout this season, joining Jeff Attinella and Daryl Sattler, who both have two shutouts in 2011.
"I am very delighted with tonight's performance," said head coach Ricky Hill. "We were very strong defensively and withstood some early pressure, and the offense did a great job finishing our chances. It was a complete 90 minutes."
The Rowdies took a 2-0 lead into intermission on first-half goals by Savage and forward Mike Ambersley.
Savage's goal came in the 28th minute off a free kick from midfielder Mozzi Gyorio. It was Savage's first goal of the season and Ambersley was credited with the assist.
Ambersley scored his team-best ninth goal of the year in the 33rd minute. Pascal Millien passed to forward Aaron King, who gave Ambersley a perfect feed for the goal and a 2-0 advantage. It marked King's third assist in 2011.
Savage scored his second of the game in the 60th minute for a 3-0 lead for the Rowdies, with Ambersley getting his second assist of the night and fourth of the year.
"Keith has great qualities in practice and is a very good striker of the ball," said Hill. "He is growing more comfortable and has done a great job developing his forward play. Tonight was a great reward for his efforts."
Forward Matt Clare closed the scoring with his first of the year in the 82nd minute.
"The focus of our players has been tremendous," said Hill. "After the loss in Atlanta last month, we bounced back with the win against FC Edmonton. The guys are really hungry and are determined to not concede goals. I am impressed with the attitude of the entire team, and all of the members of the squad played a part tonight."
Newton started in goal for the Rowdies, his first appearance in an NASL match for the club. Newton played the second half of the Rowdies' victory over the English Premier League's Bolton Wanderers in a friendly last month and combined with Jeff Attinella for the 1-0 shutout.
"We made a decision today to give Evan an opportunity tonight," said Hill. "Jeff (Attinella) has been a little sore and it seemed the right time to bring Evan in. He has worked hard in training and did an excellent job tonight when called upon. We are fortunate to have three outstanding goalies."
Rowdies: Keith Savage - 28th minute (assisted by Mike Ambersley)
Rowdies: Mike Ambersley - 33rd minute (assisted by Aaron King)
Rowdies: Keith Savage - 60th minute (assisted by Mike Ambersley)
Rowdies: Matt Clare - 82nd minute
The 1978 Wowdies at Tampa Stadium. I know the middle Wowdie is Carolyn Carmen, and the one on the right is Theresa Quelle (Thanks to Jim Jetmore). But can anyone name the other one? - If so, please could you email me, thanks!!