On Monday, Rowdies forward Tsuyoshi Yoshitake was honored as the NASL Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week after he received the recognition last Monday following a one-goal and one-assist effort at Minnesota on June 16. It is the fifth time a player from Tampa Bay has earned the award, the most for any team in the league.
Yoshitake, who is tied for the team lead with four goals and two assists, was instrumental in helping the Rowdies capture a 3-2 home win over San Antonio on Saturday at Al Lang Stadium. The 30-year-old striker scored the winning goal in dramatic fashion in Tampa Bay’s comeback victory when Yoshitake capped the rally by scoring on the very last kick of the game.
“Yoshi has been tremendous,” Rowdies head coach Ricky Hill told the Associated Press. “He worked very hard while he was injured last month and it has paid dividends for him since he’s come back. He’s given us a new dimension with his energy and has been rewarded for his hard work and efforts. I’m delighted for him and hoping he can continue his rich run of form.”
After Jonathan Greenfield had given the Scorpions a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute, Yoshitake scored in the 39th minute on a header off a pass from Keith Savage. The goal was the first one allowed by San Antonio keeper Daryl Sattler since May 27.
Sattler, who played for the Rowdies in the previous two seasons, had his league-leading goals-against-average rise from 0.37 to 0.66.
San Antonio (6-2-4) took a 2-1 lead when Esteban Bayona scored in the 53rd minute, but midfielder Luke Mulholland tied the match off a free kick in the 88th minute.
The Rowdies (5-5-3) will face the Minnesota Stars FC in a 7:30 p.m. match on Saturday at Al Lang Stadium. The Rowdies trail the Stars FC by two points. For more info, visit rowdiessoccer.com.