ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 8, 2017) — The Tampa Bay Rowdies return home this weekend for their only home match in the month of June, hosting the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday night at Al Lang. While the Rowdies look to make up for a loss to the Rhinos in May, first-place Charleston will also play a home match.
Here’s some of the key matches taking place around the Eastern Conference this weekend…
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Rochester Rhinos
Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. | WATCH HERE
The Rowdies picked up a 2-2 draw on the road against the Charlotte Independence, but enter this weekend’s match winless in three league matches. Tampa Bay will be without leading scorer Georgi Hristov, who will serve a one-match suspension due to yellow card accumulation.
Rochester has played the fewest matches in the Eastern Conference, along with Charlotte, with only nine matches played this season. The Rhinos beat the Rowdies 1-0 in New York on May 24 and are coming off a 1-1 draw in Orlando on Wednesday night.
Charleston Battery vs. Richmond Kickers
Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m. | WATCH HERE
Charleston has dropped a few points in its last two matches, opening the door for the Rowdies to pull level or ahead, but Tampa Bay has so far been unable. The Battery hosts Richmond this weekend, but may be guilty of having one eye looking ahead to next week’s Open Cup match against Atlanta United FC.
Richmond’s form has fallen apart since a loss to the Rowdies on April 29, with the Kickers now winless in seven USL matches. Richmond lost 1-0 at home to the New York Red Bulls II last weekend and faces a tough test in Charleston.
New York Red Bulls II vs. Louisville City FC
Sunday, June 11, 4 p.m. | WATCH HERE
New York, the defending USL Champions, broke out of a three-match losing streak with wins in back-to-back matches coming into the weekend. The Red Bulls sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference despite having a negative goal differential.
Louisville City FC will play its third match in nine days when it visits the team directly below it in the Eastern Conference. Louisville picked up a point with a 4-4 draw in Charleston last weekend and followed that up with a midweek win over Charlotte to retain its position in third place.