Saint Louis FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Sunday, August 13, 8:30 p.m. ET.
Toyota Stadium, Fenton, Missouri
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Head to Five Bucks Drinkery on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg to watch with other Rowdies fans and enjoy drink specials during the match.
Saint Louis FC: 6-5-9 (W-T-L), 23 points, 13th place
Tampa Bay: 10-7-5 (W-T-L), 37 points, 3rd place
The Tampa Bay Rowdies arrive in Saint Louis as one of the hottest teams in the United Soccer League. e Rowdies are on a five-game unbeaten run with four wins in that time. Only Sacramento has matched Tampa Bay’s haul of 13 points from its last five matches.
Tampa Bay’s recent run of good form was sparked by a change in formation from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3 at the start of July. In their new formation, the Rowdies have lost just once (a 2-0 loss in Charleston in their first game), posting a 4-1-1 record.
Forward Martin Paterson has been in great form recently, scoring in four of the last five matches. His six goals in USL play are tied for the team lead with Joe Cole and Georgi Hristov.
Since joining the Rowdies three matches ago, winger Walter Restrepo has been a sparkplug off the bench with consistently exciting performances in his short cameos. His hard work paid off last week with his first goal for the Rowdies.
Midfielder Marcel Schäfer has emerged as one of the Rowdies’ creative leaders in recent weeks. His crossing from the left wing has been consistently strong, with Schäfer tallying four assists in Tampa Bay’s last three matches. He was named to the USL Team of the Week on Tuesday after dishing out two assists in the Rowdies’ 3-0 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders last weekend.
Scouting Saint Louis FC
Saint Louis FC has endured a difficult season so far, sitting in 13th place of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, but still sits only four points outside the playoff positions with two games in hand over eighth-place New York Red Bulls II. STLFC lost 2-1 on the road to the Tulsa Roughnecks on Thursday night.
Christian Volesky leads the team in scoring with four goals this season, though he hasn’t scored since June 2.
Saint Louis FC defender Wesley Charpie is a Tarpon Springs native that played college soccer at the University of South Florida. Charpie is tied for the team lead in assists with two this season.