Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. San Antonio Scorpions FC
Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Florida
Tickets are still available - call 813-287-1539 or click here. The box office at the stadium opens at 4:30 p.m. on gameday.
The Rowdies Fan Zone and Beer Garden both open at 5:30 p.m.
The match can be seen live online at www.RowdiesSoccer.com - Play-by-Play: Mike Pepper
Other events as part of the game:
This year’s Scout Night will feature a stadium tour and free soccer clinic on the field with Rowdies players. All Scouts, families, and friends are invited to attend. Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms to the game and take part in the Rally Tunnel as part of our pre-game festivities. The clinic will start at 5:00 p.m. The leader for each group will need to collect the money from the parents and call our front office in advance for the discounted tickets.
Pinellas County Night
The Rowdies will be celebrating Pinellas County Night at our May 12 game. We are offering discounted seats starting at just $10 to all Pinellas County residents. To receive the discount, tickets must be reserved in advance by calling the front office at 813-489-4353.
Florida Blood Services - Operation Blood Donation
Florida Blood Services will be at the match for fans interested in donating blood. All lifesaving donors will receive an Operation Blood Donation T-Shirt plus Rowdies Buy 1 Get 1 Ticket Offer and prizes from the Rowdies and sponsors! The Blood Drive will run from 4:00-7:30 p.m. outside Al Lang Stadium.
Tampa Bay Rowdies: 2-2-2, 8 points
San Antonio Scorpions FC: 2-2-1, 8 points
The Tampa Bay Rowdies host the newest member of the NASL, the San Antonio Scorpions FC in the second meeting between the teams in the last week. The Scorpions defeated the Rowdies 2-0 last Saturday night in San Antonio.
Tampa Bay is unbeaten at home this season and has posted an impressive 9-4-4 (W-T-L) regular season record in the last two years under head coach Ricky Hill at Al Lang. In fact, the Rowdies have lost just once in their last nine matches (6-2-1 mark) at home in the regular season, dating back to 2011. Dating back to last season, the Rowdies are undefeated in their last five regular season home matches at Al Lang Stadium, a new club record. The previous mark was four games, set from June 12 through August 13 in 2011.
The Rowdies have allowed just six goals in the first six games, tied for the second-fewest in the NASL. Starting keeper Jeff Attinella has allowed one goal or less in all but one game, including a shutout in the home opener against FC Edmonton (4/14).
Scouting San Antonio
The Scorpions are currently tied with the Rowdies in fourth place in the NASL standings. San Antonio is unbeaten in its last three matches, including the first win in franchise history with a 1-0 victory at Carolina on April 28.
Head coach Tim Hankinson is no stranger to Tampa Bay soccer, as he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Mutiny from 1998-2000, leading them to playoff appearances in the last two seasons.
The Scorpions are tied for third in the league with fewest goals allowed with six. Goalkeeper Daryl Sattler came on for injured goalkeeper Pat Hannigan in the 85th minute in a 1-1 draw against the Strikers on April 21 and has started the last two matches for San Antonio. Sattler played for Tampa Bay in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons, starting 28 matches and posting six shutouts.
Rowdies Forward Mike Ambersley
On facing San Antonio for the second time in a week
"There’s a benefit because you know what to expect. It was our first time playing San Antonio; they are a first year team. We’ve never played at their stadium so you don’t know exactly what to expect. Now we know what kind of players they have. They have a veteran team and there are good players all over the field. I think they got off to a little bit of a slow start but they are getting hot. We want to do the right thing and get three points at home so we are looking forward to that on Saturday.
It’s great to be home. That’s our fortress. We have to get three points each time we are there. That’s our goal. You can’t win every single game but you’ve got to win your home games. So, if you do that you will be in the top of the table at the end of the year. We’ve got great fans and we look forward to playing in front of them on Saturday."
The Rowdies travel to Atlanta for the second time this season when they face the Silverbacks on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.