Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. San Antonio Scorpions Presented by tbt*
Tickets are still available by calling (813) 287-1539 or click here. The box office at the stadium opens at 4:30 p.m. on gameday.
Tampa Bay: 4-5-2, 17 points, 2nd place
San Antonio: 3-1-7, 10 points, 8th place
Tampa Bay trails in the all-time series, 3-0-4 (W-T-L), with the Rowdies defeating the Scorpions in two out of three matches this year. However, the Rowdies have failed to win at home this year against the Scorpions, losing to San Antonio 2-1 on June 15. After that loss, the Rowdies would go on a 10-game undefeated run.
The last time these two teams met was in the first match of the NASL Fall Season on August 3rd at Toyota Field in San Antonio. In what was one of the wildest matches in Rowdies recent history, Tampa Bay defeated the home team 7-4 after overcoming a three-goal deficit. After trailing 3-0 in the first 20 minutes of play, the Rowdies would go on to score seven goals.
A 2-1 win last Saturday against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, ended a two-game losing streak for the Rowdies. After the Rowdies and Strikers finished leveled at one at the half, midfielder Luke Mulholland scored off a penalty kick to give the Rowdies the 2-1 win. The win over the Strikers gave the Rowdies their fourth straight Coastal Cup, although Tampa Bay did clinch the cup at home for the first time in those four years.
Despite the win, the Rowdies reaming seven points out of first place, as the Cosmos also won their respective match 4-0 over the RailHawks. With just nine points left to play (3 matches), the Rowdies must win Saturday’s match and hope for a Cosmos draw or loss to FC Edmonton on Sunday.
Mulholland’s goal against the Strikers was his eighth of the season, second on the Rowdies for most goals behind forward Georgi Hristov. Forward Lucky Mkosana netted his second goal in three weeks, scoring the equalizer on Saturday. It was defender Andres Arango who made it on the NASL Team of the Week, proving to be a pillar in the back line against Ft. Lauderdale. The Canadian made a game-changing defensive save in the 4th minute, as he avoided a Strikers goal with a perfect clearance off the line.
Scouting San Antonio
After beginning the Fall Season with a seven-game winless streak, the Scorpions have won three out of their last four matches. When they travel to Tampa Bay this weekend, they will be facing a team that has won their last three home matches. The Scorpions have not been able to pick up a road win this Fall Season; in fact their last victory away from home came on June 29 against the Strikers.
Currently in last place, the Scorpions are looking to finish the season on a positive note, similar to the Spring Season where they ended on a five-game winning streak. After scoring the winning goal last week against the Eddies, forward Tomasz Zahorski was named the NASL Player of the Week. He now has eight goals in 11 matches and has been the Scorpions main offensive target. Between Zahorski and forward Hans Denissen, they have produced 12 out the team’s 13 goals in the Fall Season. Some other players to watch are newcomers Sainey Toury and Dennis Chin, as well as defender Greg Jancki and Javier Saavedra.
Rowdies Head Coach Ricky Hill
"We are looking forward to hosting San Antonio at Al Lang Stadium. They were able to get the win in their last visit but we plan to reverse that on Saturday night. Hopefully a win will enable us to stay in the race for the Fall Season title and we hope to show that we will not give up until the end of the season.”
The Rowdies will go on the road to face FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium on Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay's will play its last home match of the season on Saturday, November 2 against Minnesota United FC. For ticket information, call (813) 287-1539 or click here.