Rowdies Continue Unbeaten Streak with 1-1 Draw against FC Edmonton
The Rowdies and FC Edmonton played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. Midfielder Luke Mulholland had put the Rowdies up with a goal in the 38th minute, but Edmonton midfielder Chris Nurse took a strike from outside the 18 to equalize the match in the 45th minute.
“I’m frustrated because we shot ourselves in the foot and dropped two points at home and we can’t afford to do that,” commented Rowdies head coach Ricky Hill. “I’m hoping we can give our great fans here a victory soon to cheer them up. For me there was not enough quality inside the final box in terms of passes to the forwards.”
Early on in the first half, the home team saw several chances through corner kicks and free kicks, but Edmonton was able to clear the ball on every opportunity.
Mulholland had a chance early on in the half, as he took a strike from outside the 18. Goalkeeper Lance Parker was able to get a touch on the shot, sending it out for a corner kick.
As the half was coming to a close, Mulholland was able to put the Rowdies up 1-0 after picking up his own rebound and slicing it past Parker. His shot from close range was originally stopped by Parker, but the England native was quick to get to the rebound and make it 1-0.
"I was at the right place at the right time," said Mulholland. " I tapped in the rebound after a good save by their goalkeeper."
Minutes later, it was Mulholland again who found himself on the doorstep of making it 2-0. After finding some space in the box, the midfielder chipped the goalkeeper but the Eddies were able to clear it off the line.
It looked like the Rowdies would enter halftime up 1-0, but the Eddies made it 1-1 in the final play of the half. After Tampa Bay’s defense failed to properly clear the ball, Nurse picked up a rebound and placed his shot in the bottom left corner of the net.
With the Rowdies pushing for their second goal of the night, their first dangerous chance came off a corner kick taken by midfielder Raphael Cox. After his cross sailed across the box, Mulholland volleyed it on net. The Eddies goalkeeper once again came up big, making another save.
Tampa Bay continued to apply the pressure, having another chance on goal in the 64th minute. This time Mulholland sent in a cross from the right flank, finding Needham at the heart of the box. The defender was unable to place his header accurately and it sailed just over the crossbar.
"We didn't dominate as much in the second half as we did in the first," explained Mulholland. "We need to work on our finishing going into our next match in Atlanta. We have ourselves to blame for not picking up the three points."
Rowdies Extend Unbeaten Run with Late Equalizer Against Minnesota
The Tampa Bay Rowdies scored in the final minute to earn a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United FC on Saturday night at NSC Stadium in Blaine, MN. Forward Pablo Campos had scored the lone goal of the first half, but the Rowdies constant pressure in the second half paid off as defender Andres Arango leveled the match with a header in the final play.
“We’ve got three or four capable strikers so we changed to a 4-3-3 formation," said Rowdies head coach Ricky Hill. "This change left us open at the back, where we had to rely on Diego (Restrepo) to make some great saves. That gave us an opportunity to equalize in the last minute. I have to give credit to my players for fighting hard until the last minute and I can’t grumble about taking a point.”
The Rowdies began the match with an active midfield, as Evans Frimpong made several runs down the left flank, but in various opportunities the crosses were cleared out. Tampa Bay would have a goal disallowed in the 9th minute, when forward Carl Cort smashed a rebound into the back of the net. The forward would be called offsides, maintaining the score at 0-0.
As both teams began to find some spaces, it was Minnesota that got on the scoreboard first with a goal in the 17th minute. Midfielder Calum Mallace played a quick free kick, sliding the ball into the left flank where forward Max Griffin was making a run. Griffin found some space and sent a cross into the heart of the box, finding Campos, who tapped it in for the 1-0 lead.
In the final minute of the first half, forward Georgi Hristov would have a chance to equalize the match. The Bulgarian found himself 25 yards out and took a shot but Minnesota goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel would push the ball over the bar for a corner kick.
The second half began with the Rowdies pushing for the equalizer, increasing the pressure in the midfield. Although the Rowdies had more possession in the beginning minutes, they were unable to create any chances in the final third. Hristov would have two chances in the 60th minute, but he was unable to get clear shots in both opportunities.
Once again, it was Restrepo who kept the Rowdies in this match making his first of several game-changing saves in the 71st minute. Bracalello escaped down the left flank and fired off a shot but the goalkeeper was able to make the save with his left foot keeping the Rowdies down one.
While the Rowdies continued to pack on the pressure, United would get their chance to close out the match in the final minutes of play. Campos first found his shot denied by Restrepo in the 85th minute, while minutes later the goalkeeper made another fantastic save from close range on the Brazilian forward. Former Rowdies forward Mike Ambersley had come on in the second half for Minnesota and on the ensuing drive he would have his scoring chance saved by Restrepo.
With the match coming to a close, the Rowdies earned one final corner kick. With everyone in the box, the long cross found captain Frankie Sanfilippo at the far post. The defender played the ball into the heart of the box with Arango getting at the end of the cross to score the equalizer. Arango's goal extended the Rowdies unbeaten run to five, picking up another vital point on the road.
Minnesota: Pablo Campos - 17th minute (Assisted by Max Griffin)
Rowdies: Andres Arango - 90+ minute (Assisted by Frankie Sanfilippo)
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On this original, the Rowdies logo says "Tampa Bay Rowdies" unlike the fake, that only has the "Rowdies".
In 1991, the jerseys did not have the players names on the backs. Also the #1 is completely wrong.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies and the New York Cosmos drew 0-0 at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday night, in front of a sold out crowd of 7,032 fans. Both team had several chances to get on the scoresheet but the return of the historic rivalry ended in a scoreless draw.
"We created several chances but it wasn't enough," said Rowdies head coach Ricky Hill. "I was pleased with our defense and obviously Diego for coming up huge in goal for us. We need to work on getting the ball up to our forwards more often."
The game began as a very back-and-forth contest with the two rivals changing possession in the beginning minutes. Scoring chances, however, were very limited. Both teams were able to get a couple weak efforts on target but nothing was able to really trouble either keeper.
The NASL newcomers threatened once more when midfielder Joseph Nane directed a header onto goalkeeper Diego Restrepo’s post in the 21st minute. They threatened again when midfielder Peri Marosevic played a low cross which forced Restrepo to dive and collect the ball.
The Rowdies then got a very solid opportunity to break the deadlock in the 38th minute when forward Carl Cort broke free on goal, but his shot from the top of the 18 yard box was saved low to Cosmos goalkeeper Kyle Reynish’s left.
The Rowdies were awarded a free kick from 25 yards out in the 43rd minute which Luke Mulholland sent just wide of Reynish’s net, forcing the keeper to fully extend himself. The half ended scoreless, not for a lack of chances.
The reigning Soccer Bowl champions started quickly in the second half, with Mulholland sending in a cross after just one minute which the Cosmos had to head behind for a corner. Forward Georgi Hristov, was lurking at the far post, had the ball not been sent behind.
As the half progressed, the Cosmos began to pile pressure onto the Rowdies net, resulting in a couple chances for the New Yorkers, all blocked by a stout Tampa Bay defense. Rowdies’ midfielder Evans Frimpong almost put Tampa Bay ahead with a shot from distance which was deflected just wide of the Cosmos’ net.
The Cosmos also had three shots saved off of the goal line in the 77th minute as a result of a corner. Restrepo did well to come back across to block a shot with his legs. The Rowdies went right back across the field and had a goal disallowed to an offsides given against Georgi Hristov.
"We had a fantastic defensive match, not allowing them to score any goals," explained Restrepo. "The defense was able to keep their composure throughout the match, and luckily I was able to make several key saves."
Hristov almost put the Rowdies ahead once more, but his left footed shot went over the bar after he was played in on the left flank. Luke Mulholland received his second yellow card of the game and was sent off in stoppage time of the second half, but the Cosmos did not have enough time to capitalize on their advantage.
The game ended as a scoreless draw, but it was exciting nonetheless. The two bitter rivals from the original NASL provided plenty of chances to put their respective sides ahead but neither team could convert.
Rowdies Overcome Three-Goal Deficit to Earn 7-4 Win Over Scorpions
The first match of the Tampa Bay Rowdies NASL Fall Season ended with a 7-4 comeback win over the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field. After trailing 3-0 in the first 20 minutes of play, the Rowdies would go on to score seven goals, with newcomer Etienne Barbara scoring his first since his arrival.
San Antonio dominated possession early and picked up their first goal of the Fall Season off of a corner kick. Hans Denison rose above everyone and headed in the set piece in front of Rowdies goalkeeper Diego Restrepo's net after just three minutes.
The Dutchman added his second goal of the match after being slotted through for a one-on-one with Restrepo in the sixteenth minute. The Scorpions scored their last goal of the first half when their new signing, Zahorsky, headed in a cross at the near post just two minutes later.
Things began to turn around for Tampa Bay when Luke Mulholland volleyed in an Evans Frimpong cross in the twenty-fifth minute . Keith Savage continued the Rowdies' comeback, and what he started with his brace against Ft. Lauderdale, in the thirty-second minute when he curled a shot around San Antonio's keeper from the top of the box.
Momentum had clearly shifted to the reigning Soccer Bowl champions when Evans Frimpong continued the comeback with a goal of his own. The Ghanaian blasted a shot from distance into the bottom corner of San Antonio's net. Tampa Bay capped off their comeback with their fourth unanswered goal in stoppage time in the first half. Amani Walker headed in a Luke Mulholland free kick to give the Rowdies a 4-3 lead after a torrid beginning to the game.
The second half was much more calm than the goal-filled first half. Barbara would make his first appearance for Tampa Bay and come on in the 64th minute. After only minutes on the pitch, forward Georgi Hristov put away his cross to make it 5-3.
San Antonio cut the Rowdies lead to one after Zahorsky scored his second goal of the night on his debut. The Polish forward curled the ball into the top corner of Restrepo's net with his left foot in the 79th minute.
When it seemed that the Rowdies would have to withstand a late push for the equalizer, Barbara added to his stunning debut with the game-clinching goal in the 85th minute. The new signing, who joined the team on Friday, was played into the area by Georgi Hristov and the forward finished with the outside of his boot.
The Rowdies added one final goal when Georgi Hristov scored his seventh goal of the season with a penalty kick in stoppage time. The penalty was given after a man in the San Antonio wall was called for a handball off of Mulholland’s free kick.
San Antonio: Hans Denissen - 3rd minute (Assisted by Javier Saavedra)
San Antonio: Hans Denissen - 16th minute (Assited by Kevin Harmse)
San Antonio: Tomasz Zahorski - 18th minute (Assisted by Javier Saavedra)
Rowdies: Luke Mulholland - 25th minute (Assisted by Evans Frimpong)
Rowdies: Keith Savage - 32nd minute (Assisted by Amani Walker)
Rowdies: Evans Frimpong - 42nd minute (Assisted by Keith Savage)
Rowdies: Amani Walker - 45th minute (Assisted by Luke Mulholland)
Rowdies: Georgi Hristov - 67th minute (Assisted by Barbara)
San Antonio: Tomasz Zahorski - 79th minute (Assisted by Fabrice Noel)
Rowdies: Etienne Barbara - 85th minute (Assisted by Georgi Hristov)
Rowdies: Georgi Hristov - 90th minute (Penalty Kick)