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Match Preview: #TBRvCHS

By Rowdies Communications, 06/14/19, 10:00AM EDT


The Basics
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Charleston Battery
Saturday, June 15, 6:30 p.m. ET
Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Follow us for live updates on Twitter at @RowdiesGameday

Tickets for Saturday’s match are available by calling (727) 222-2000 or clicking hereGates will open at 5:30 p.m., 60 minutes before kickoff. Fans that purchased a Rays to Rowdies doubleheader package can enter the stadium via the Midfield Gate on 1st St. SE at 4:30 p.m. for the pregame party.

How to Watch
The match will be broadcast online on ESPN+ here. International viewers can watch online here.

Tampa Bay: 8-1-5 (W-L-T), 1st place; 4-1-3 at home 
Charleston: 5-3-5 (W-L-T), 8th place; 1-3-1 on road

Rowdies Notes
The Tampa Bay Rowdies will look to bounce back from their first loss of the USL Championship season tonight against the Charleston Battery. The Rowdies were beaten 3-1 by North Carolina FC at home last weekend, but remain in first place at nearly the halfway point of the regular season.

Zach Steinberger came off the bench last week to score his second league goal of the season in the 54th minute, receiving a long outlet pass from Tarek Morad and chipping it over North Carolina goalkeeper Alex Tambakis with his first touch. Steinberger also scored in the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, so he has three goals in all competitions this year.

Following Saturday’s defeat, the Rowdies are now 4-1-3 at home for an average of 1.88 points per game this year in eight matches at Al Lang Stadium. Tampa Bay has been about a half point better on the road, averaging 2.33 points per game away from home.

David Najem is back this week after missing last week’s match while away on international duty. He made his international debut and played 90 minutes for Afghanistan against Tajikistan last week in Dushanbe. Najem returned to Florida and trained regularly this week.

After a lengthy injury layoff, Yann Ekra is just about set to return to action. He suffered an ankle injury in training on April 20 and missed a total of 10 matches in all competitions. He was available off the bench last week but did not enter the game. He had played in all six matches the Rowdies played before his injury.

John McCarthy finished as runner-up for the USL Championship Player of the Month award for May. He won the fan vote over eventual player of the month Jerome Keisewetter from El Paso Locomotive FC.

Injury Report
DOUBTFUL - Jaime Siaj (quad strain)
QUESTIONABLE - Shawn Barry (ribs)
QUESTIONABLE - Leo Fernandes (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE - Andrew Tinari (groin)
PROBABLE - Yann Ekra (ankle)