Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. San Antonio Scorpions
Presented by Jimmy John's
Saturday, June 23 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 Bayshore Beer Garden both open at 5:30 p.m.
The match can be seen live online at www.RowdiesSoccer.com - Play-by-Play: Jeff Radcliffe, Color: Mike Pepper
Tampa Bay: 4-3-5, 15 points
San Antonio: 6-4-1, 22 points
The teams are meeting for the third time this season, including the second contest at Al Lang Stadium. In the last meeting, the Scorpions snapped Tampa Bay's club-record five-game unbeaten streak at home in the regular season, dating back to last season, with a 2-1 win on May 12 at Al Lang Stadium. San Antonio also beat the Rowdies, 2-0, at Heroes Stadium on May 5.
Rowdies forward Tsuyoshi Yoshitake was named the North American Soccer League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. He played a major role in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 victory at Minnesota Saturday night with a goal and an assist. For the season, Yoshitake ranks tied for second on the team with six points and his two assists are tied for the team lead. He has played in nine games with eight starts thus far.
Jeff Attinella is currently first in the NASL with 49 saves and fourth in the league with a 1.33 goals against average.
The Rowdies are coming off an impressive come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Minnesota last Saturday night, handing the Stars their first loss at home this season. Midfielder Keith Savage broke a 1-1 tie with the game-winning goal in the 87th minute on a strike from just outside the box. Forward Tsuyoshi Yoshitake had a hand in both Rowdies goals, scoring in the 45th minute to tie the match and then assisting on Savage’s game-winner.
Scouting San Antonio
The Scorpions are off to a great start in their inaugural season and are currently in first place in the league with 22 points. Forward Paul Campos leads the team in goals with six, tied for most in the North American Soccer League. Forward Esteban Bayona leads San Antonio with three assists and is tied for fifth in the NASL.
Former Tampa Bay goalkeeper Daryl Sattler ranks among the league leaders, having allowed just three goals in more than 700 minutes of action for a 0.37 goals against average.
Rowdies Head Coach Ricky Hill
"The mood is good. The intensity of work that the players are doing at this moment has been very good and I couldn’t ask any more of them, both at training and during the games. So as long as we keep maintaining that kind of effort and determination, I’m hoping that we can turn some positive results around."
Tampa Bay continues its homestand on Saturday, June 30 when it hosts the defending NASL champion Minnesota Stars FC at 7:30 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium.