Draw, Loss Eliminate Rowdies from Playoffs
By Carl Wagenfohr
Photo by Carl Wagenfohr
TAMPA - The Rowdies were eliminated from United Soccer Leagues playoff contention last week, tying the Austin Aztex 1-1 on Thursday night, but suffering a 3-0 loss to Montreal on Sunday.
Thursday's game was a nail-biter. Following a scoreless first half, Austin forward Maxwell Griffin scored in the 50th minute.
As regulation time ran out, the referee added four minutes of stoppage time. As the extra time was expiring, Rowdies forward Aaron King was in the right place to collect a rebound off the goal post and score the tying goal as he was falling onto his back.
There was no such magic during Sunday's game at Montreal. Rowdies keeper Josh Lambo fouled an Impact player in the penalty area in the tenth minute, and Montreal midfielder Tony Donatelli scored the penalty kick. Impact forward Ali Gerba later added two goals, while the Rowdies finished the game scoreless.
Two games remain on the Rowdies home schedule, this Friday versus the NSC Minnesota Stars, and on Friday, October 1, versus Crystal Palace Baltimore. Former Tampa Bay Mutiny midfielder Manny Lagos coaches the Minnesota Stars.
The October 1 match will feature the retirement of Rowdies number 12, worn by original Rowdie, former Mutiny coach and current Rowdie Director of Player Development Perry Van Der Beck.
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