The Rowdies practiced Monday and Tuesday morning with two-hour training sessions at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, looking ahead to the second leg of the NASL Soccer Bowl Finals at Al Lang Stadium against Minnesota on Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies lost 2-0 against Minnesota in the first leg of the NASL Soccer Bowl Finals last Saturday night at NSC Stadium in Blaine, MN. Minnesota forward Amani Walker scored in the 67th minute with a strike from 18 yards out to put the Stars in front 1-0. Forward Simone Bracalello picked up the assist. The home team made it 2-0 in stoppage time, as second half substitute Martin Nunez was able to push the ball into the Rowdies goal, with defender Connor Tobin assisting the forward on the goal.
“We started the week off with intense training,” said Rowdies Head Coach Ricky Hill. “We want the players to get the physical side of practice done in the first half of the week, so they can focus on resting their bodies and minds looking ahead to Saturday’s crucial match. On Thursday and Friday we will work more on technique and tactical aspects of our game, especially those that need to be corrected after last Saturday’s defeat.”
Hill talked about how tough this upcoming game will be and how the support of the fans will be decisive.
“In order to come back and win the series, we need a perfect performance from all the players,” commented Hill. “We need the best 90 minutes, possibly 120 minutes, of this season from every player. We know our fans will come out in numbers and support the team, like they have the entire season. The players are excited for Saturday, where they hope to turn the story around and take home the championship.”
The Rowdies will host Minnesota in the second leg of the NASL Soccer Bowl on Saturday, October 27 at Al Lang Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $12. For more information and for discounted tickets, call our front office at 813.287.1539 or log on to RowdiesSoccer.com.