JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (February 8, 2020) -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies topped the University of North Florida Ospreys 2-0 in their public preseason debut Saturday afternoon.
A pair of newcomers, Aaron Guillen and Kyle Murphy, scored the goals in a strong performance for Tampa Bay.
Guillen started the first half and scored on an overhead cross from Lewis Hilton's cross. Kyle Murphy's goal came at the end of a lengthy passing movement which ended with Murphy tucking in a Juan Tejada cross to make the score 2-0.
Tampa Bay had a handful of other scoring chances, including a Kevin Mendoza shot that struck the post, but finished with two goals.
The Rowdies will be in preseason action once again Wednesday in a closed-door scrimmage against Orlando City SC. Tampa Bay hosts the Montreal Impact in a match that is open to the public this Saturday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., following Inter Miami vs. Philadelphia Union at 4 p.m. Admission is free for all with no ticket required.
Rowdies XI (3-5-2): GK Macklin Robinson (Ian McGrane 46'); D Femi Awodesu, Forrest Lasso, Aaron Guillen (Louis Lomas 60'); M Mustapha Dumbuya (Juan Tejada 60'), Dom Oduro (Jordan Doherty 60'), Kevin Mendoza (Zach Steinberger 60'), Lewis Hilton (Yann Ekra 60'), Leo Fernandes (Trialist 60'); F Sebastian Guenzatti (Landon Ameres 60'), Lucky Mkosana (Kyle Murphy 60')