ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 24, 2017) — The Tampa Bay Rowdies beat the Eastern Conference-leading Charleston Battery 2-0 on Saturday night, closing their deficit at the top of the standings to just four points.
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Here's a look at how the Eastern Conference matches we highlighted in our preview last week ended up.
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2 - 0 Charleston Battery
Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Joe Cole and Martin Paterson were both on target as the Rowdies put together a comprehensive win over the Battery. Matt Pickens kept his fifth clean sheet of the season.
FC Cincinnati 3 - 0 Harrisburg City Islanders
Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Djiby Fall, Danni Konig and Jimmy McLaughlin were all on target for FC Cincinnati as they picked up another home win to move into fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Saint Louis FC 1 - 4 Louisville City FC
Toyota Stadium, Fenton, Missouri
Saint Louis FC's Daniel Jackson gave the home team a lead just before halftime, but that would be the only highlight of the night for Preki's team. Christian Volesky was sent off just after halftime and Louisville scored four times against 10-man Saint Louis to win 4-1 on the road.