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Rowdies Welcome Ottawa to Al Lang

By Rowdies Communications, 08/18/17, 10:45AM EDT


The Basics
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Ottawa Fury FC
Saturday, August 19, 7:30 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 here. Gates open at 6 p.m.

How to Watch
The match will be broadcast locally on thisTV Tampa Bay and online on the USL’s official YouTube channel here.

There are several options for parking at Al Lang Stadium and around downtown. Parking in Lot A, right in front of the stadium, costs $5. Lot A opens at 4 p.m. For more parking options, click here.

Tampa Bay: 9-7-5 (W-T-L), 34 points, 4th place Eastern Conference
Ottawa Fury FC: 7-6-8 (W-T-L), 27 points, 10th place Eastern Conference

Rowdies Notes
The Tampa Bay Rowdies return home after a rollercoaster 4-3 loss to Saint Louis FC on Sunday night. The Rowdies fell behind 2-0 by the fifth minute, but fought back to take a 3-2 lead by halftime. Tampa Bay conceded twice in the second half, including in the 89th minute, to lose 4-3.

The loss in Saint Louis ended a run of good form for the Rowdies, who had won four of their previous five matches. Tampa Bay had kept three-straight clean sheets prior to conceding four in Saint Louis.

Forward Martin Paterson has been in incredible form for the last month, scoring five goals in the Rowdies’ last six matches. Likewise, midfielder Marcel Schäfer has scored or assisted in each of the last four matches.

Tampa Bay had a notable departure this week in center back Damion Lowe, who was transferred to Norwegian side IK Start on Wednesday. Lowe had made 18 appearances for the Rowdies in all competitions this season, scoring once and earning a spot in the USL Team of the Week twice.

In Lowe’s absence, Tamika Mkandawire figures to step back into the starting lineup. Mkandawire played well while Lowe was away at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, helping the Rowdies to post three clean sheets in his last four starts.

Goalkeeper Matias Reynares, who is with the Rowdies on loan from North Carolina FC, is set to return to his parent club following this match. He has not appeared in any of his three loan spells with Tampa Bay this season.

The Rowdies have been impressive at home this season, posting nine wins and only one loss in 12 matches at Al Lang so far in 2017. The Rowdies have outscored opponents 22 to five at home this season.

Scouting Ottawa
The Fury FC arrives in St. Petersburg for the second time this season coming off a 3-0 loss in Orlando to Orlando City B on Wednesday night. That match was Julian de Guzman’s coaching debut. Paul Dalglish resigned as head coach Tuesday, with de Guzman taking charge for the rest of the season.

Ottawa is currently in 10th place in the USL’s Eastern Conference, 10 points outside the playoff field, but has games in hand on most above it in the standings. The Fury FC is 2-2-6 (W-T-L) away from home this season and has lost each of its last four road matches by a combined score of 7-1.

Sito Seoane leads the club in scoring with five goals this season. Ryan Williams is the assist leader with four. Goalkeeper Callum Irving has kept six clean sheets and is 10th in the USL with 53 saves.