ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (August 31, 2017) — The Tampa Bay Rowdies return to action Saturday afternoon in the first of three-straight matches on the road, facing the New York Red Bulls II for the first time ever.
Here's a look at some of the key matches taking place in the USL Eastern Conference this weekend...
New York Red Bulls II vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saturday, September 2, 4 p.m. | WATCH HERE
New York, the defending USL champions, has slipped to 10th place and sits outside the current playoff field. The Red Bulls have won their last three home matches, including a 4-0 beatdown of FC Cincinnati two weeks ago.
Tampa Bay had a rare off weekend last week and will come into this match well rested and relatively healthy.
Louisville City FC vs. Charleston Battery
Saturday, September 2, 5 p.m. | WATCH HERE
Louisville City sits atop the Eastern Conference, six points ahead of the Rowdies, but is coming off a shocking 3-0 defeat at home to Orlando City B last weekend.
The Battery is coming off a shocking loss of its own, having been beaten 3-1 by 14th-placed Richmond last week. Charleston is in third place, three points ahead of the Rowdies.
Toronto FC II vs. Rochester Rhinos
Saturday, September 2, 7:30 p.m. | WATCH HERE
Toronto FC II sits at the bottom of the East but has shown a propensity for playing good teams really tough. TFC beat the Charlotte Independence on the road last weekend and drew Saint Louis FC 1-1 midweek.
Rochester heads north of the border tied on points with the Rowdies, but in fifth place via tiebreakers. A Toronto win would give Tampa Bay some breathing room no matter the Rowdies' result earlier in the afternoon.