Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Indy Eleven
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m. ET.
Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Fla.
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How to Watch
Local TV: Bright House Sports Network
National TV: ONE World Sports
Tickets are available by calling (727) 222-2000 until 1 p.m. on gameday or by visiting the Al Lang Stadium box office. They’re available 24/7 with no ticketing fees on Ticketmaster here.
While supplies last, $10 tickets anywhere in the main stadium bowl are available by calling (727) 222-2000. Make sure to get into the stadium early to enjoy $2 hot dogs and $2 beers from when gates open at 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. during a weekday Happy Hour.
Parking at the Al Lang Stadium main lot, Lot A, will be on a first-come, first-served basis Wednesday night, due to the volume of cars in the lot of weekdays. For other parking options, click here.
Tampa Bay: 5-7-7, 22 points, 9th place, Fall Season; 9-11-9, 38 points, 6th place, Combined Standings
Indy Eleven: 9-4-6, 31 points, 3rd place, Fall Season; 13-10-6, 49 points, 3rd place, Combined Standings
The Championship Chase
Tampa Bay is in a tightly-contested race for the fourth and final spot in The Championship, the NASL’s four-team playoffs. Coming into the match, the Rowdies trail both Minnesota United FC and Rayo OKC by three points, having played one fewer game. The Rowdies are level on points with Fort Lauderdale and one point ahead of both Miami FC and Carolina.
Tampa Bay is 1-6-1 (W-T-L) against Indy all-time, meaning matches between the sides are always close. The Rowdies and Indy have met twice this season, a 0-0 draw in St. Pete on opening day and a 1-1 draw in Indy on September 3.
The Rowdies’ lone win against Indy came on July 9, 2014 in Indianapolis, a 2-1 win with Georgi Hristov scoring the winner in the 89th minute.
Georgi Hristov continues to lead the way offensively for the Rowdies, netting his 10th goal of the season in last weekend’s 2-2 draw in Miami. Hristov has now scored five goals in Tampa Bay’s last five matches.
Tampa Bay will be without PC, who has started the last seven matches at left back. Prior to that, PC had started five-straight games as a forward. PC is unavailable while serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation. He is eligible to return Saturday when the Rowdies take on Ottawa Fury FC.
Last week, Juan Guerra became the 11th different Rowdies player to score a goal this season. Indy leads the NASL in unique goalscorers with 13 players scoring at least one NASL goal this year. FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale and Puerto Rico FC have the fewest goalscorers in the league with each apiece. Tampa Bay’s 11 is the same number as Miami FC and New York.
Indy arrives in St. Petersburg coming off a 3-0 home win over the Carolina RailHawks last weekend. The Eleven has been one of the best teams in the NASL at home this season, posting a 12-3-0 (W-T-L) record in Indianapolis, but hasn’t done as well on the road this year, posting a 1-7-6 record away from home. Indy is winless in seven trips to Florida this season, drawing five times and losing twice.
The Eleven will be without forward Souleymane Youla this week while he serves a one-game suspension after being shown a red card late in the win against the RailHawks. Youla scored a goal in the match before being dismissed.
Indy’s playoff path is also secured, with the Spring Season Champions hosting FC Edmonton on Sunday, November 5 in The Championship Semifinals. Indy won the Spring Season in dramatic fashion on the final day and will enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed regardless of how it finishes the regular season.