Sunday, 20 July 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1993 Rowdies vs. Impact Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1993 APSL Game against the Montreal Impact played on September 6th, 1993, at Tampa Stadium.
The Rowdies won 2-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Casey Townsend

Casey Townsend's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

2014 Rowdies Team Group

The Rowdies lineup for the game against the Ottawa Fury FC, played at TD Place Stadium on May 10th.
Back row (L to R): Georgi Hristov, Matt Pickens, Keith Savage, Shane Hill, Anthony Wallace.
Front row (L to R): Lucky Mkosana, Willie Hunt, Frankie Sanfilippo, Daryl Russell, Takuya Yamada, Evans Frimpong.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Tatu

Tatu signs a fan's leg plaster cast in 1983.

Rowdies Press Photos - Manny Andruszewski

Manny Andruszewski in action, at Tampa Stadium in 1980.

Rowdies vs. Indy Eleven

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Georgi Hristov scored in the 89th minute to lead the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a very late win in front of a hostile sellout crowd in Indianapolis, as the Rowdies beat the Indy Eleven 2-1 on Saturday night.
Hristov’s game-winning goal was set up by second-half substitute Brian Shriver on the right wing. Shriver rounded his defender and spotted Hristov waiting for the ball at point-blank range. He crossed it in and Hristov tapped it in from about two yards out, emphatically kicking it into the roof of the net.
“We’re delighted to come away with all three points,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “This is a fantastic atmosphere and Indy gave it a real go in the second half. Credit to our back four and the whole team for the shape that we managed to keep for the whole game. We created one or two clean-cut chances that we weren’t able to convert. The substitutes came on ready to play and had an impact straight away.”
The Rowdies dominated much of the play in the first half against the Indy Eleven, but found themselves down 1-0 after a superb Kleberson strike from distance in the 38th minute. Three minutes later, Casey Townsend erased the deficit with a goal of his own to send the match into halftime even at 1-1.
The Rowdies controlled much of the possession early on, with Shane Hill and Georgi Hristov each recording shots in the five first minutes. In the 10th minute, the Rowdies’ thrusts forward continued, with Tampa Bay earning a series of three corner kicks.
The match started to even out 25 minutes in, but Darel Russell and Lucky Mkosana both managed looks on goal as the 30 minute mark came and went.
Kleberson’s 25-yard goal was set up nicely by winger Blake Smith, who pulled the ball back from the byline and found Kleberson in enough space to shoot.
Down 1-0, the Rowdies kept their composure.
In the 41st minute, Darel Russell charged forward with the ball at his feet and shot from about eight yards out, beating Indy goalkeeper Kristian Nicht, but his shot caromed softly off the post and dribbled across the face of goal. Townsend seized the opportunity and scored to pull the Rowdies even.
“Russell ran around three or four defender and shot it in,” Townsend said. “Everyone thought it was going in, so they stopped. Their defenders stopped playing and I didn’t. I just tapped it in. That’s what I’m here for; that was a poacher’s goal. Those are what I’m here to get.”
The second half didn’t feature as many great scoring chances, though Indy controlled most of the second 45 minutes. The Eleven tallied eight shots on target, but Tampa Bay goalkeeper Matt Pickens played superbly in net to limit Indy to one goal.
Evans Frimpong and Brian Shriver were inserted into the match in the 70th minute, with Frimpong taking position on the left side, opposite Shriver on the right. Tampa Bay’s final substitution saw Amani Walker make his 2014 NASL debut in place on Townsend in the 82nd minute.
With the left side of Indy’s defense worn down from Mkosana’s efforts down the flank for more than an hour, Shriver had plenty of space to play.
“I could tell that Lucky had run at him all game when I got him,” Shriver said. “I just tried to go at him and create some chances. (Russell) slid me the ball and I looked up and tried to hit the ball behind the defenders. Georgi made a great run and just first-timed it into the back of the net.”

Scoring Summary:
Indy Eleven: Kleberson - 38th minute (Assisted by Blake Smith)
Rowdies: Casey Townsend - 43rd minute
Rowdies: Georgi Hristov - 89th minute (Assisted by Brian Shriver)

INDY XI: Nicht (Captain); Stone, Norales, Estridge, Frias; Corrado (Smart 75'), Kleberson, Pineda (Peña 72'), Smith; Ambersley (Mares 90'), Spencer
Rowdies: Pickens; Sanfilippo (Captain), Rodrigues, Mkandawire, Wallace; Mkosana (Frimpong 75'), Hill, Russell, Wagner (Shriver 75'); Townsend (Walker 85'), Hristov

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1992 Rowdies vs. Foxes APSL Championship Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1992 APSL Championship Game against the Colorado Foxes played on September 26th, 1992, at Englewood High School.
The Rowdies lost 0-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Ryan Thompson

Ryan Thompson's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

2014 Rowdies Team Group

The Rowdies lineup for the game against the FC Edmonton, played at Al Lang Stadium on April 26th.
Back row (L to R): JP Rodrigues, Georgi Hristov, Shane Hill, Matt Pickens, Anthony Wallace,Takuya Yamada .
Front row (L to R): Daryl Russell, Brian Shriver, Frankie Sanfilippo, Blake Wagner, Evans Frimpong.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Tatu

Tatu meets the fans, in 1983.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell, keeps the ball from Ft. Lauderdale Strikers' Gerd Muller, at Lockhart Stadium in 1980.

Rowdies vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Georgi Hristov’s stoppage time header lifted the Tampa Bay Rowdies past the Atlanta Silverbacks 3-2 in the NASL Fall season opener in front of an energetic crowd at Al Lang Stadium. The home side opened the season with three points on the back of a heroic performance from Hristov, the reigning NASL Golden Ball winner.
“It’s absolutely the best way to start the season,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “The three points are vital for us from a confidence perspective. How we got them doesn’t matter now because we have them.”
Neither side could really assert their dominance on the opponent early on in the match. Tampa Bay earned free kicks in dangerous positions but could not find the back of the net. The opening stages of the game were not fluid either, with play interrupted by numerous fouls. 
As time went on, Tampa Bay began to dominate possession and kept the ball in Atlanta's half with the Silverbacks remaining dangerous on the counterattack. Atlanta's first major chance of the game, also happened to be its first goal. In the 27th minute, midfielder Junior Burgos drove down the center of the pitch and drilled a shot into the corner of goalkeeper Matt Pickens' goal from about 30 yards out. He was assisted by captain Blair Gavin.
The Rowdies tried to respond quickly as forward Georgi Hristov saw his shot narrowly miss the crossbar just after the restart. Atlanta's goal proved to be a turning point, as it saw the Silverbacks begin to get more possession of the ball. 
Tampa Bay began trying to claw its way back into the game as Hristov saw his effort from close range deflect safely into Atlanta goalkeeper Derby Carrillo's hands. The Rowdies created another chance to equalize in the 40th minute when midfielder Blake Wagner sent a cross into Atlanta's box which Carrillo spilled to Darel Russell at the top of the box. Russell, however, drove his shot straight at the keeper. 
Atlanta doubled their lead soon after in the 42nd minute when forward Deon McCaulay was played through on goal by midfielder Jesus Gonzalez. McCaulay slipped his shot under a charging Pickens. 
Tampa Bay almost scored in stoppage time off of a Blake Wagner corner kick. The ball was curled to the back post to the head of defender Takuya Yamada, whose header beat the keeper, but was cleared off of the line by an Atlanta defender. 
With the Rowdies down 2-0 at the break, the crowd of 3,896 applauded the team off the field.
“I’ve got to thank the fans for the way they support the team,” Hill said. “We’ve fallen behind at home again and they never give up on us. They never let the players get their head down. Through the effort of the fans, we were able to win. I’m so proud to be able to give the fans that win.”
The second half began as slowly as the first, with neither team really able to create anything offensively. The Rowdies halved Atlanta's lead in the 58th minute on their first chance of the half. Captain Frankie Sanfilippo was played into the box and played a cross on the ground in the direction of forward Casey Townsend. Carrillo managed to get down and stop the cross, but not catch it. Townsend closed in and poked the ball into the net before Carrillo or on of his defenders could react. 
Rowdies defender Tamika Mkandawire was introduced in the 65th minute when he came on in for Takuya Yamada in his club debut.
The Rowdies continued their comeback in the 67th minute when yet another ball was crossed into the box. Shane Hill sent a header towards goal but once again Carrillo could not handle it. The ball bounced around the box some more before Hristov slotted a shot home.
Hristov's goal proved to be yet another turning point in the match. Tampa Bay continued to go forward in search of the go-ahead goal and gained some more possession. Forward Brian Shriver was brought the match for the Rowdies in the 78th minute for Wagner, which signaled a real intent to go ahead in the game.
Atlanta seemed content on absorbing Tampa Bay's pressure and then counterattacking whenever they got an opportunity. They stumbled across when of these opportunities in the 88th minute off of a goal kick. Carrillo hit the ball to substitute forward Alex Harlley who controlled the ball and beat two Rowdies defenders and firing a shot at Pickens. The veteran keeper was able to get down and parry the shot out for a corner.
Tampa Bay was inches away from pulling ahead in stoppage time when Hristov was played into the box. The Bulgarian wriggled past a defender before shooting to Carrillo's near post. The keeper saved the shot but conceded a corner in the process.
Substitute midfielder Evans Frimpong took the ensuing corner and curled a ball into the front post. An unmarked Hristov ran and met the ball with a diving header. The Bulgarian forward saw his brace completed in spectacular fashion as the crowd erupted.

Scoring Summary: 
Atlanta: Junior Burgos- 27th minute (assisted by Blair Gavin)
Atlanta: Deon McCaulay- 42nd minute (assisted by Jesus Gonzalez)
Rowdies: Casey Townsend- 58th minute
Rowdies: Georgi Hristov- 67th minute
Rowdies: Georgi Hristov- 90th minute

Rowdies: Pickens; Sanfilippo (c), Rodrigues, Yamada (Mkandawire 65'), Wallace; Mkosana (Frimpong 71'), Hill, Russell, Wagner (Shriver 78') ; Hristov, Townsend
Silverbacks: Carrillo; Carr, Bangura, Canovas, Garcia; Burgos (Harlley 71'), Gavin (Poku 60'), Gonzalez, Sandoval; McCaulay (Paulini 78') , Chavez

Monday, 7 July 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1992 Rowdies vs. Foxes Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1992 APSL Game against the Colorado Foxes played on August 14th, 1992, at USF Stadium.
The Rowdies won 3-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Ricky Hill

Coach Ricky Hill's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

2014 Rowdies Team Group

The Rowdies lineup for the game against the FC Edmonton, played at Al Lang Stadium on April 12th.
Back row (L to R): Shane Hill, JP Rodrigues, Darel Russell, Matt Pickens, Georgi Hristov, Anthony Wallace.
Front row (L to R): Brian Shriver, Frankie Sanfilippo, Evans Frimpong, Takuya Yamada, Blake Wagner.

Rowdies Press Photos - Peter Nogly

Peter Nogly slides between Ft. Lauderdale Strikers' Keith Weller and Bruce Savage, at Tampa Stadium in 1982.

Rowdies Press Photos - Winston DuBose

Winston DuBose tries to throw the ball over Philadelphia Fury's Tony Glavin, during a game at Tampa Stadium in 1980.

Rowdies vs. Orlando City SC (I-4 Derby 2nd Leg)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies fell to Orlando City SC 3-2 in the second leg of the I-4 Derby on Sunday night. The two sides fought out a well-contested match, but the home side could never really push ahead. 
The first half started off slowly, similar to Friday night's match against Ft. Lauderdale, with both teams feeling each other out before committing numbers forward. Tampa Bay created the first good chance off of a corner in the 15th minute. Midfielder Blake Wagner curled a ball to the back post for forward Georgi Hristov who headed the ball back across the face of goal to force a goal-line clearance. 
Orlando City's first chance of the game came after defender Luke Boden crossed a ball to an unmarked Corey Hertzog, who was not able to keep his volley from sailing over the crossbar. 
Orlando City broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Hertzog was played through on goal and crossed the ball to his strike-partner Kevin Molino who beat Rowdies goalkeeper Ryan Thompson from close range. 
The Rowdies broke through just three minutes later when midfielder Darel Russell stole the ball from an Orlando City player and slotted it through for forward Georgi Hristov to finish. The reigning NASL Golden Ball Winner slid his shot into Orlando City keeper Carl Woszczynski's far post.
Orlando City took the lead once more when midfielder Darwin Ceren scored on a free kick from 20 yards out in the 43rd minute. Ceren curled his shot over the Rowdies wall and into the top corner of Thompson's net.
The second half started slowly as well, with neither side able to create any significant chances for the first ten minutes. Tampa Bay managed to score their second goal of the night when trialist Ricardo Morris played Hristov through on goal who slotted the ball past a charging Woszczynski for his second goal of the night. This was also Morris' second assist of the preseason.
Orlando regained the lead in the 75th minute when Hertzog got a goal of his own. The second half continued on in this way with neither side really creating or threatening the opposition goal. 
The Rowdies slowly attempted to equalize without creating any major chances until the 90th minute when substitute Keith Savage dribbled past Woszczynski only to have an Orlando defender slide in to force the ball out for a corner. 

Scoring Summary:
Orlando: Kevin Molino - 32nd minute (Assisted by Corey Hertzog)
Rowdies: Georgi Hristov - 35th minute (Assisted by Darel Russell)
Orlando: Darwin Ceren - 43rd minute

Rowdies: Thompson; Sanfilippo (c), Rodrigues, Yamada, Wallace (Frimpong 46'); Morris (Savage 68'), Hill, Russell, Wagner; Townsend (Olguin 46'), Hristov (Cort 68')
Orlando City Soccer Club: Woszczynski; Turner, Redding, Valentino, Boden; Quinn, Da Luz, Ceren, Span; Molino, Hertzog

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Pedro DeBrito Passes Away

This morning, I received some very sad news, that former Rowdie Pedro DeBrito passed away today from injuries sustained in a car accident on Thursday July 3rd. My best wishes go out to Pedro's family and friends.
Another sad loss to the Rowdies Family.

Rowdies Press Photos - Perry Van Der Beck

Perry Van Der Beck's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1980 New York United Team Photo

A 1980 team photo of New York United, with former Rowdies Joey Fink, and Rodney Marsh on the back row, and David Power on the front.

Rowdies Press Photos - Flemming Lund

Flemming Lund, is beaten by New York Cosmos' Johan Neeskens, at Giants Stadium in 1983.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 KICK Magazine

This edition of the KICK magazine was for the game against the Detroit Express, played on 12th August, 1979.
Which was played in front of a 20,526 crowd at The Silverdome. The Rowdies lost 1-2. With Oscar Fabbiani scoring the only goal.
The team that day: Bilecki, Quraishi, Kitchener, Connell, Ivanchukov, Auguste, Wegerle, McLeod, Radonjic, Fabbiani, Van Der Beck..
Substitutes: MacWilliams, Grnja.

Rowdies vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (Exhibition Game)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A pair of late goals by a few Luciano Olguin and Amani Walker lifted the Rowdies past the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-1 on Friday night at Al Lang Stadium.
Olguin, signed by the club this week, scored on his debut in the 88th minute, just before Walker, seeing his first action since tearing his ACL last year, scored a minute later to secure the victory. The Rowdies have never lost to the Strikers on the Fourth of July, with four wins and a draw in the modern era.
Playing on the new field at Al Lang Stadium for the first time, the match started slowly with few chances for either side in the opening fifteen minutes. The Rowdies managed to open the scoring in the 20th minute after forward Casey Townsend was played through impressively by trialist Ricardo Morris. Townsend was left one-on-one with the Strikers keeper and finished coolly with a low shot to the far post. 
The Strikers equalized in the 36th minute through a Manny Gonzalez shot. Gonzalez got the ball at the top of the box and fired it past Rowdies goalkeeper Cody Mizell, who was able to push it onto the crossbar, but unable to keep it out of the net. The goal came slightly against the run of play as the Rowdies were gaining steam and continuing to threaten the Ft. Lauderdale goal. 
The second half saw fewer chances than the first but a more even share of the possession. The Strikers looked more dangerous as time went on and forced Rowdies substitute goalkeeper Matt Pickens to make two great saves twenty minutes into the first half. 
Olguin and Walker entered the match in the 63rd minute.
The Strikers saw more chances throughout the second half and were denied by the outstanding play of Matt Pickens. However, the Rowdies managed to pull ahead on one of their few chances of the half in the 88th minute. Midfielder Evans Frimpong ran down the right flank and crossed a ball to the far post for Olguin to finish his Rowdies debut in the perfect way.
Soon after, Walker sealed the win for the Rowdies with a goal in the 89th minute. Frimpong notched his second assist of the night as he crossed a ball into the box that got through several Strikers players before Walker could slot it home from the back post.

Rowdies: Mizell (Pickens 46'), Hunt, Rodrigues, Yamada (Sanfilippo 46'), Wallace; Frimpong, Savage (Olguin 63') , Russell (Hill 46'), Morris (Wagner 46'); Townsend (Walker 63'), Cort (Hristov 46')
Fort Lauderdale Strikers: Contofalsky (Meves 46'); King (Vieira 64'), Alves (Murphy 64'), Chavez  (Gordon 64'), Guerrero (C) (Guillame 64'); Marcelin, Gonzalez (Travagli 64'); Chin (Lopez 64'), Nuñez (Brito 64'), Anderson (Picault 64'); Jenison (Alberto Hassan 64')

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1992 Rowdies vs. Freedom Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1992 APSL Game against the Miami Freedom played on August 4th, 1992, at USF Stadium.
The Rowdies won 4-2.

Rowdies Press Photos - Lucky Mkosana

Lucky Mkosana's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1984 Ticket Stub

A ticket stub from the game played at Tampa Stadium, against the Toronto Blizzard on June 22nd, 1984. 
The Rowdies won this game 1-0.

Rowdies Press Photos - Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson challenges Montreal Manic's Alan Willey in 1981.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 HSV Hamburg Team Photo

A 1982 team photo of German side HSV Hamburg, showing Rowdies Peter Nogly (middle row) and Jurgen Stars (front Row).
Many thanks to Andy Northern for this photo.

Rowdies vs. Minnesota United FC

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota United FC finished the final game of the NASL Spring Season with a 3-3 draw in front of a lively crowd at Al Lang Stadium. With the draw, Minnesota United clinched the NASL Spring Season championship and a berth in The Championship. 
"It's mixed emotions (in the locker room) right now," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "I think they should be quite happy with the overall matter of how they went about the work tonight in the game, but I'm still quite disappointed with the manner of how we conceded the goals. We're definitely disappointed to not get all three points, but we'll feel a little bit better because, as an offensive unit, we looked a little bit more like our old selves."
The two sides played an open game with each team creating several legitimate chances with plenty of those turned into goals.  The scoring was opened by Minnesota in the 12th minute when Justin Davis put the visitors ahead.  Jamie Watson played the ball to Davis in the box, who looped his shot over Rowdies goalkeeper Cody Mizell to give United the lead.
The home side managed to claw their way back into the tie through goals from Blake Wagner and Lucky Mkosana in the 33rd and 45th minutes, respectively. Wagner’s half-volley was the end product of a nice piece of play for the home side. Georgi Hristov was played down the right flank before lofting the ball to the far side of the box for Wagner to finish. Mkosana was not left with much to do after his captain, Frankie Sanfilippo, played him a through ball down the right flank. Mkosana coolly slid the ball under the United goalkeeper to give Tampa Bay the lead.
It did not take United too long to make things even once more as they leveled the score at 2-2 just 12 minutes into the second half. Watson notched his second assist of the night when he played a low cross to midfielder Daniel Mendes, who slotted the ball past a diving Mizell. Minnesota took the lead for a second time when Miguel Ibarra curled a shot with his left foot past Mizell in the 61st minute. The through ball behind the Rowdies defense narrowly escaped the foot of Rowdies defender Kyle Clinton and left Ibarra clear on goal.
Sanfilippo brought the two sides even again in the 74th minute. The skipper provided a headed finish for Wagner’s corner at the far post. United keeper Mitchell Hildebrandt managed to get a hand on it, but it was not enough to keep Sanfilippo’s effort out.
"We could have come away with a victory instead of a tie," Sanfilippo said. "There were times where we had more possession of the ball and more opportunities. We didn't lose, but we didn't win. We've got to be better in the fall season."
United withstood the late onslaught from Tampa Bay throught three minutes to secure the Spring Season title. United successfully dealt with two dangerous corners in stoppage time to maintain their place atop the table. The two sides shared the points, which is a result that was representative of how the game was played.

Scoring Summary:
Minnesota United FC: Justin Davis - 12th minute (Assisted by Jamie Watson)
Rowdies: Blake Wagner - 33rd minute (Assisted by Georgi Hristov)
Rowdies: Lucky Mkosana - 45th minute (Assisted by Frankie Sanfilippo)
Minnesota United FC: Daniel Mendes - 57th minute (Assisted by Jamie Watson) 
Minnesota United FC: Miguel Ibarra - 61st minute
Rowdies: Frankie Sanfilippo - 74th minute (Assisted by Blake Wagner)

Rowdies: Mizell; Sanfilippo (c), Clinton, Rodrigues, Wallace; Mkosana, Hill, Russell, Wagner; Hristov, Townsend (Cort 86')
Minnesota United FC: Hildebrandt; Kallman, Calvano, Pitchkolan (c), Davis; Mendes (Daley 75'), Vicentini, Jordan, Watson (Dias 81'); Ibarra, Ramirez (Garcia 90')

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1992 Rowdies vs. Supra (Professional Cup) Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1992 Professional Cup Game against the Montreal Supra played on August 1st, 1992, at Tampa Stadium.
The Rowdies won 5-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Kyle Clinton

Kyle Clinton's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Ricky Hill Signed Photo

A signed photo of Coach Ricky Hill, during his playing days at Luton Town.
Many thanks to David Hoebarth for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Nick Mangione

Nick Mangione is beaten to the ball by Canton Invaders' Magic Celestine, during the 1986-87 AISA indoor season.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1984 Ticket Stub

A ticket stub from the game played at Tampa Stadium, against the New York Cosmos on May 26th, 1984. 
The Rowdies won this game 3-2.

Rowdies vs. Orlando City

CARY, N.C. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies had chances to score against the Carolina RailHawks, but couldn’t quite manage to finish as they were beaten 2-0 on Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park in front of a record crowd on 7,856.
"It’s another game that’s lost and I’m very disappointed in that," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "We’ve already lost three games this season and that’s way too many in my estimation."
Carolina took an early 1-0 lead, courtesy of forward Mike Grella in the 18th minute.
Grella’s goal, a clever finish after an inch-perfect lob from Jun Marques Davidson, gave the RailHawks a lead, but the Rowdies arguably had the better chances of the half as they fought to negate their deficit.
"On the balance of play, I’m not too displeased with how we performed over the course of 90 minutes," Hill said. "Our issues are in both boxes. We have to be a little bit better defensively. The first goal was a difficult one because it came out of the blue. It was a turnover from our throw-in and we find ourselves 1-nil down. It was against the run of play at that stage."
Tampa Bay’s barrage started in the 25th minute when midfielder Evans Frimpong poked a cross toward goal and clanked it off Carolina goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald’s right-hand post and out of danger.
In the 30th minute, forward Casey Townsend had a shot on goal. Five minutes later, Townsend found himself one-on-one with Fitzgerald in the box, but was unable to beat the reigning NASL Player of the Week and equalize for the Rowdies.
Anthony Wallace tested Fitzgerald with a dangerous free kick in the 44th minute, but Carolina retained its 1-0 lead going into the break.
Carolina started the second half on the front foot, with Nazmi Albadawi ripping a shot off the crossbar a few minutes into the half.
Rowdies goalkeeper Cody Mizell came up big in the 54th minute, saving a penalty kick taken by Grella to keep the deficit 1-0.
Forwards Lucky Mkosana and Brian Shriver were inserted in to the match in the 63rd minute, but the Rowdies were unable to find an equalizer. It was Shriver’s first league appearance since spraining his ankle in San Antonio on May 3.
RailHawks winger Tiyi Shipalane doubled Carolina’s lead in the 72nd minute, finishing well after a pass from Cesar Elizondo to put his team up 2-0.
"When the penalty was given and Cody saved it, I thought that would have given us a lift, but when we defend in the manner that we did on the second goal, then we’re asking a lot to score two goals in 15 minutes," Hill said. "In the second half, we tried to forewarn our defenders to be aware of the fact that they make diagonal runs from out to in and not to try and play offside, but to instead track your runner. We didn’t heed that warning."
The Rowdies continued to put pressure on the RailHawks defense, including an 81st minute shot by Blake Wagner that was blocked before reaching goal, but were unable to find a goal.

Scoring Summary:
Carolina: Mike Grella - 18th minute (Assisted by Jun Marques Davidson)
Carolina: Tiyi Shipalane - 72nd minute (Assisted by Cesar Elizondo)

Carolina: Fitzgerald; Low, Scott, King, Tobin; Davidson (C),  Elizondo (Jackson 78') , Albadawi, Shipalane; Grella (Cyrino 89'), Schilawski
Rowdies: Mizell; Sanfilippo (C), Clinton, Hunt, Wallace; Frimpong (Mkosana 63'), Hill, Russell, Wagner; Hristov, Townsend (Shriver 63')

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1992 Rowdies vs. Foxes Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1992 APSL Game against the Colorado Foxes played on July 10th, 1992, at USF Stadium.
The Rowdies won 1-0.

Rowdies Press Photos - Keith Savage

Keith Savage's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Nick Mangione Signed Card

A Nick Mangione signed card, whilst with MISL side, the Baltimore Blast.

Rowdies Press Photos - Steve Wegerle

Steve Wegerle is tackled by New York Cosmos' Pino Wilson, at Giants Stadium in 1978. 
Watched on by Mike Connell, Graham Paddon and Mick McGuire.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1981 KICK Magazine

This edition of the KICK magazine was for the Playoff Game against the New York Cosmos, played on 9th September, 1981.
Which was played in front of a 33,754 crowd at Giants Stadium. The Rowdies lost 0-2.
The team that day: Keelan, Moore, Kozic, Connell, Gorman, Anderson (I), Roe, McLeod, Fernando, Worthington, Olivera.
Substitutes: Mehmet, Bailey, Moss.

Rowdies vs. Orlando City (U.S. Open Cup 3rd Round)

SANFORD, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies were knocked out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by a 4-1 loss to Orlando City SC in a third-round match at Seminole Soccer Complex on Wednesday night.
Kevin Molino netted twice to compliment goals by Austin Da Luz and Adama Mbengue to give the Lions their commanding lead at the break.
Molino opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a looping lob over Rowdies goalkeeper Cody Mizell. Da Luz doubled the lead with a tap-in at the back post in the 21st minute.
Mbengue added a third with a blast from the edge of the 17-yard box that Mizell pushed into the crossbar but couldn’t keep out of the net. Molino’s second goal gave Orlando a 4-0 lead in the 41st minute.
Blake Wagner scored the Rowdies’ lone goal in first-half stoppage time to give Tampa Bay a boost going into the locker room, but the Rowdies were unable to turn the result around with neither team scoring in the second half.

Scoring Summary:
Orlando City: Kevin Molino - 11th minute (Assisted by Tyler Turner)
Orlando City: Austin Da Luz - 21st minute
Orlando City: Adama Mbengue - 26th minute
Orlando City: Kevin Molino - 41st minute
Rowdies: Blake Wagner - 45th minute

Orlando City: Gallardo; Turner, Rusin, Redding (Burke 72'), Boden; Mbengue, Alvarez, Da Luz (Pulis 72'), Ceren; Hertzog, Molino
Rowdies: Mizell; Hunt, Rodrigues, Sanfilippo, Wallace; Lallet (Townsend 46'), Hill, Russell, Wagner (Savage 72'); Frimpong; Mkosana (Shriver 46')

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1991 Rowdies vs. Supra Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1991 APSL Game against the Montreal Supra played on May 10th, 1991, at USF Stadium.
The Rowdies won 3-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - JP Rodrigues

JP Rodrigues' 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983 Rowdies Adidas Poster

A poster from 1983, sponsored by Adidas.
Showing on lifeguard stand, from left to right: Peter Roe, Zequinha, Wes McLeod, Tatu, Refik Kozic, Carl Bennett, John Gorman and Mike Connell. 
On ladder: Peter Gruber and Pedro DeBrito.
On ground: Coach Al Miller, Jurgen Stars, Peter Nogly, Assistant Trainer Lee Cummings, Trainer Ken Schields, Equipment Manager Alfredo Beronda, Luis Fernando, Don Droege, Jack Brand and Assistant Coach Kevin Keelan.
Kneeling: Carlos Babington, Perry Van Der Beck and Bruce Bates.
Many thanks to Don Droege for this photo.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Farrukh Quraishi

Farrukh Quraishi, coaching at Nick Papadakis' soccer camp, in Tampa, in 1976.
Many thanks to Evan Papadakis for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Tee-Shirt

A Rowdies tee-shirt from around 1980.

Rowdies vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Blake Wagner scored a dramatic extra-time winner as the Tampa Bay Rowdies completed a three-goal comeback to top the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-2 in the Florida Derby on Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium.
Fort Lauderdale led 2-0 at the 34 minute mark, but a goal from Willie Hunt in first-half stoppage time put the Rowdies on the comeback trail. Anthony Wallace equalized the affair with a stunning goal in the 62nd minute to set up Wagner’s late winner. All three goals came from the Rowdies’ backline as Tampa Bay scored multiple goals in a game for the first time this season.
“It was tremendous. I’m very happy,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “It’s a big three points, but it is only three points. Being 2-nil down with our difficulties at home, I must applaud our fans for sticking with the team and supporting them. The ovation we got at halftime, even though we were losing, must have lifted the team. I’m happy we were able to reward the fans.”
Mark Anderson and Shawn Chin scored goals to put the Strikers ahead in the 19th and 34th minute, respectively, but the Rowdies piled the pressure on in search of a goal as the half continued on.
Georgi Hristov earned a penalty kick for Tampa Bay in the 34th minute, but Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Oka Nikolov made the save to keep the Rowdies off the board.
Nikolov was omnipresent in the opening half, saving from point-blank range on a number of occasions as Lucky Mkosana and Christophe Lallet wreaked havoc in the box. Nikolov recorded nine saves in the first half to keep the Rowdies off the board until late. He finished with 13.
“I have to commend the players for having the resilience to play for the whole game even when we were 2-nil down,” Hill said. “We missed a penalty when we were 2-nil down. A lot of teams could have dropped their heads and felt sorry for themselves, but this lot didn’t. Credit to our guys for showing great character and commitment.”
Fort Lauderdale’s Carlos Salazar was dismissed from the match after picking up a second yellow card in the 41st minute. Up a man, the Rowdies drove the Strikers legs to exhaustion.
Hunt started the rally with a headed goal in first-half stoppage time, his first goal of the season.
Wallace pulled the Rowdies even with a sharp right-footed shot from well outside the 18-yard box that dipped and curved between defenders before buzzing past Nikolov and into the net. Midfielder Shane Hill laid the ball off to Wallace about seven yards beyond the edge of the box. Wallace took his time and weighed his options before blasting home.
“They were a man down so they were just trying to pack everything in and sit back,” Wallace said. “I figured, ‘Why not step up and take that space?’ Shane fed me the ball with a lot of time, I lifted my head, put it back down and struck it.”
The Strikers looked to have secured a point before Wagner’s strike sent the fans home happy and sent the Rowdies into Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup tie against Orlando City with some momentum.

Scoring Summary:
Fort Lauderdale: Mark Anderson - 19th minute (Assisted by Marius Ebbers)
Fort Lauderdale: Shawn Chin - 34th minute (Assisted by Marius Ebbers)
Rowdies: Willie Hunt - 45th minute (Assisted Georgi Hristov)
Rowdies: Anthony Wallace - 62nd minute
Rowdies: Blake Wagner - 90th minute 

Rowdies: Mizell; Hunt, Sanfilippo (c), Rodrigues, Wallace (Wagner 78'); Lallet, Russell, Hill, Frimpong; Mkosana, Hristov
Fort Lauderdale: Nikolov; King, Alves, Antonijevic, Guerrero (c); Nurse, Salazar, Chin (Murphy 69'), Anderson, Picault (Hall 32'); Ebbers (Perez 90')

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1991 Rowdies vs. Capitals Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1991 APSL Game against the Albany Capitals played on May 4th, 1991, at USF Stadium.
The Rowdies lost 0-1.