For a while there in last weekend's 4-3 loss to the Atanta Silverbacks, the Rowdies seemed as if they had found their mojo that helped them win the NASL title last season. Then, poof.
After starting the 2013 NASL campaign with a less-than-spectacular performance at home with Carolina, the Tampa Bay Rowdies went to San Antonio last weekend and spoiled the grand opening of Toyota Field with a 2-0 victory over the Scorpions.
This Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Rowdies try to capture their first home win in a contest against the Atlanta Silverbacks.
The Rowdies are beginning their 2013 campaign this weekend as the NASL representative in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.
Last Saturday, a majority of the sold-out crowd was sitting in Al Lang Stadium watching the Rowdies compete for the NASL Soccer Bowl championship when a chant began from the Ralph's Mob fan group.
The Rowdies entered their game against Carolina on Wednesday night knowing they would need just a tie to secure a first-round bye and an appearance in the NASL Semifinals. Of course, they knew it would be nice to get a win in front of the home crowd at Al Lang Stadium, but they also understood a loss would put heavy pressure on them in their regular season finale on Saturday at Carolina.
With the Rowdies’ 3-0 victory over FC Edmonton on Sunday night at Clarke Stadium in Alberta, they now control their own destiny.
With due apologies to all my Rowdies faithful following, I’ve been quite the slacker this past week in terms of coverage. That being said, here is an action-packed compilation of the Rowdies’ happenings since their 1-1 tie with Atlanta last Saturday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — On Saturday, Aug. 25, in a home game at Al Lang Stadium, the Rowdies posted a scoreless draw against the Puerto Rico Islanders. Sure, the Tampa team earned a point in the NASL standings and stayed even with the Islanders for second place, but it failed to score for the third straight game.