Tampa Bay Rowdies at San Antonio Scorpions
2013 NASL Fall Season
Saturday, August 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Toyota Field (5106 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio, TX 78233)
The match can be seen live via NASL.com.
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Tampa Bay: 0-0-0, 0 point
San Antonio: 0-0-0, 0 point
Tampa Bay trails in the all-time series, 2-0-4 (W-T-L), with the Rowdies defeating the Scorpions in the first match they played this year. The Rowdies then lost at home on June 15, giving up a late goal to sentence the 2-1 final score.
San Antonio defeated the Rowdies 2-1 on Saturday, June 15 at Al Lang Stadium. Scorpions' forward Blake Wagner scored the go-ahead goal in the 37th minute off an indirect free kick from six yards out. The Rowdies would level it up in the 80th minute after a goal by forward Carl Cort, but the Scorpions would regain the lead in the dying minutes thanks to substitute Hans Denissen.
The Rowdies kick off the NASL Fall Season at Toyota Field, a venue where they earned their first away win in the Spring Season. Tampa Bay has seen no new additions to the squad, but now has a fully fit squad that is ready to fight for a spot in the NASL Soccer Bowl. A convincing 4-0 win over the Strikers in the last match of the Spring Season showed how powerful the Rowdies can be in the attacking third. In order to earn a spot in the Soccer Bowl, Tampa Bay must improve their home record, while maintaining their league-best away form.
Tampa Bay is led by forward Georgi Hristov who has netted five goals and added five assists in the first half of the season. His 15 points led the Rowdies, with midfielder Luke Mulholland finishing second with 12 points. A confident Diego Restrepo entered the starting goalkeeping position with the Spring Season already underway. His 38 saves were second-most in the league, making several game-changing saves as the season went on.
Scouting San Antonio:
After a 0-2-3 start to the NASL Spring Season, the Scorpions went on to win six of their last seven matches. That streak included a five straight wins, which placed them third in the standings at the end of the season. A 2-0 home win over the RailHawks in the last match of the season, helped Atlanta secure the Spring Season title.
One of the main reasons for the Scorpions late run was the appearance of forward Hans Denissen. He finished the season tied for most goals in the NASL with eight, including six goals in his last four games. His performance earned him the NASL Player of the Month for June and he was also named to the NASL Team of the Week in four consecutive weeks. The Scorpions have made several additions to the squad, including Polish forward Tomasz Zahorski. The 6’3 forward made 13 appearances for the Polish national team and will be an attacking threat to watch for.
Rowdies Head Coach Ricky Hill
“We are delighted that the NASL Fall Season is beginning this weekend. I am just as eager as our players to get back on the pitch and prove that we deserve to be in the Soccer Bowl final. We have a tough match in San Antonio but we expect to come away with the three points. A good result in San Antonio will be very important, as a week later we host the Cosmos at Al Lang Stadium."
The historic rivalry between the Rowdies and the Cosmos will re-emerge just two weeks into the 2013 NASL Fall Season on Saturday, August 10, with Tampa Bay hosting New York at Al Lang Stadium. To purchase tickets for the home opener, call (813) 287-1539 or click here.