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Match Preview: #TBRvCLT

By Rowdies Communications, 10/05/18, 9:00AM EDT


The Basics
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Charlotte Independence
Saturday, October 6, 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, but quantities are EXTREMELY LIMITED. Gates open at 6 p.m.

How to Watch
In addition to thisTV Tampa Bay, the match will be broadcast online on ESPN+ (subscription required), the official streaming partner of the USL, here. International viewers in regions where ESPN+ is not offered can watch the match here. Fans in the Tampa Bay area can also listen to the game live on WHNZ 1250 AM.

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

Tampa Bay: 11-13-8 (W-L-T), 11th place; 7-4-5 at home 
Charlotte: 9-11-12 (W-L-T), 12th place; 2-8-5 on road

Rowdies Notes
The Tampa Bay Rowdies come home for their 2018 Al Lang Stadium finale after a painful 1-1 draw against Atlanta United 2 on Wednesday night. The Rowdies led and had a man advantage in stoppage time before conceding in the 93rd minute to dent their playoff chances. It was the first goal Tampa Bay conceded in second half stoppage time all season.

Tampa Bay now has only two matches left, meaning their maximum points total is set at 47 points. The current playoff line is set at 44 points, but North Carolina FC, Nashville SC and New York Red Bulls II all have a game in hand on the Rowdies and could push the line out of reach. 

Rowdies forward Sebastian Guenzatti scored Tampa Bay’s goal Wednesday night, his fifth goal of the season. All five goals have come since the start of September. He is now just two goals behind Georgi Hristov as the Rowdies’ leading scorer this season. 

Hristov remains sidelined by a knee sprain he sustained in the Rowdies’ last home game on September 22. 

This will be the final home game of Bill Edwards’ time as owner of the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Edwards announced Tuesday that he has sold the Rowdies to the Tampa Bay Rays, effective at the end of the season. Make sure to stay in your seat at halftime for a special film commemorating the last five years of Rowdies soccer. Edwards purchased the Rowdies in December of 2013, sparking a new era of investment in the team, including significant renovations of Al Lang Stadium into the modern facility it is today. As a condition of the sale, the Rowdies will continue to play at Al Lang for at least the next five seasons. 

Injury Report: OUT: D David Najem (torn ACL, April 14)    
                                              D Kyle Curinga (sprained ankle, May 12)    
                                              F Stefano Bonomo (left ankle, August 22)
                                              F Georgi Hristov (right knee sprain, September 22)