Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Minnesota United FC Presented by Florida Print Solutions and Sports Talk 1040
Exclusive discounted $10 General Admission tickets will be available only through the Rowdies Front Office at (813) 287-1539. The box office at the stadium opens at 4:30 p.m. on gameday.
Tampa Bay: 5-5-3, 20 points, 2nd place
Minnesota: 5-2-6, 17 points, 4th place
Since the Rowdies returned in 2010, Tampa Bay are level in the series with a record of 7-4-7 (W-T-L). During the Spring Season the Rowdies defeated Minnesota on the road, while losing in their only match at Al Lang Stadium. In the Fall Season, Tampa Bay drew 1-1 in Blaine, MN. The Rowdies earned their biggest win since their return to professional soccer in the 2012 NASL Soccer Bowl Finals, where they defeated Minnesota in penalty kicks at Al Lang Stadium on October 27.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies scored in the final minute to earn a 1-1 draw against United FC on August 17 at NSC Stadium in Blaine, MN. Forward Pablo Campos had scored the lone goal of the first half, but the Rowdies constant pressure in the second half paid off as defender Andres Arango leveled the match with a header in the final play.
After a Cosmos win over San Antonio last Saturday night, the Rowdies were officially eliminated from the Fall Season title race. A day later, Tampa Bay played their last away match of the season, losing 2-1 to FC Edmonton. Despite the loss, the Rowdies continue in second place as they have a better goal differential than the RailHawks.
Midfielder Luke Mulholland has been on a scoring streak lately as he has netted three goals in his last three matches bringing his season total to 10. Forward Georgi Hristov has not played since his first-half injury against the Cosmos on September 29, but he is only one goal behind the NASL’s leading goal scorer Brian Shriver who has 13 goals. With just 90 minutes left in the season, the Rowdies will look for the three points to finish off the 2013 season on the right mark.
After three straight defeats, United FC bounced back last week and routed the Strikers 3-1 in Blaine, MN. With Manny Lagos at the helm, Minnesota enters the last match of the season in fourth place with a record of 5-2-6 (W-T-L).
Despite already being knocked out of the race for the NASL Fall Season title, Minnesota continues to features one of the league’s top goal producers. Forward Pablo Campos has scored three goals in his last four matches, including two last week against the Strikers. His total is now 11 goals on the season, just two away from Carolina’s Shriver. Campos’ performance earned him a spot on the NASL Team of the Week, where he was joined by teammates Miguel Ibarra and Kevin Venegas.
2014 Season Tickets
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