Monday, 20 October 2014

Rowdies Snap Shots - Tom Fitzgerald Memorial

Former Rowdies II player Tom Fitzgerald's memorial plaque, Tom sadly lost his life in a motorcylce accident in 2004.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mark Wright

Mark Wright (top) in action for Lynn University, during his 1984-87 spell there.
Many thanks to Mark Wright for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Frantz Mathieu

Frantz Mathieu during a training session with the Chicago Sting, in 1980.

Rowdies Press Photos - The Wowdies

1979 Wowdies Pam Seals and RC Leto, enjoy the Aquamania Water Slide.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell loses out to New York Cosmos' Franz Beckenbauer, at Giants Stadium in 1978.

Rowdies vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies drew 1-1 with the Atlanta Silverbacks on a chilly Saturday night at Silverbacks Park. Georgi Hristov's first-half goal put Tampa Bay ahead 1-0 at halftime, but Jaime Chavez's second-half goal pulled the Silverbacks level. Neither team would score again.
"On reflection, it's a good point won," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "Atlanta deserved something from the game because Matt Pickens played really well tonight and they hit the post on a couple of occasions. I was pleased with the shape of the side tonight, our organization and our on-field management. The players were all engaged with each other and they were working for each other. I was pleased with the way we responded to what has been a difficult time. It would have been nice to get three points, but it's nice to arrest that losing feeling and mentality. The guys feel a little more confident now and it's something we can definitely build on."
The Silverbacks opened the match as the better team and nearly grabbed the opening goal on a couple of occasions. 
Twelve minutes in, Silverbacks defender Alex Harlley shot past Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens, but his shot caromed off the goalpost toward the penalty spot. Jaime Chavez's effort went over Pickens and was goal-bound, but Rowdies right back Jordan Gafa was in position to clear it off the line.
Six minutes later, Atlanta's Jesus Gonzalez rocketed a shot off Pickens' crossbar.
In the 23rd minute, a miscommunication between Pickens and Frankie Sanfilippo gave Pablo Cruz space for a bicycle kick two yards out from goal, but his effort looped over the crossbar.
Facing test after test, the Rowdies defense bent, but didn't break. Pickens recorded seven saves on the night.
"The defense showed great resilience not to concede when Atlanta was playing really well," Hill said. "(Pickens) was called upon on more than a few occasions and came up trump for us. Kyle Clinton, Frankie Sanfilippo, Jordan Gafa and Blake Wagner, as well as Darel Russell and Keith Savage, put their bodies on the line to ensure that there were people there contesting things. When crosses came in, they put their heads where boots were flying, which is all that I can ask for. When they step on the field, they try the best they can and they play with their heart and soul for 90 minutes."
Rowdies forward Luciano Olguin received the ball in the box in the 38th minute with enough time to collect, turn and shoot, but his shot was blocked by a defender before reaching goal. The deflection bounced directly to Hristov's feet, who slotted home his ninth goal of the season. It was his second goal this week and third in the last five matches.
"Georgi looks like he's rounding into some serious form at this time," Hill said. "He worked ever so hard tonight and got his reward by scoring a goal."
After the halftime break, Atlanta again started as the more potent attacking side, finally finding its goal in the 54th minute as Shaka Bangura's looping cross from the byline found Chavez at the backpost for the game-tying tap-in.
The Rowdies inserted Lucky Mkosana and Casey Townsend into the match midway through the second half, with both causing some disruption within Atlanta's defense. The Rowdies put six shots on target in the match, with Silverbacks goalkeeper Thomas Hunter also putting in an impressive shift.
Hristov nearly scored his second goal of the night in the 74th minute, but his effort was wide of Atlanta's net.
"On another night, with a little more attention and incision at the vital times, we might have had more than one goal to show for it."
Atlanta's Junior Sandoval had a golden chance to score a go-ahead goal with a free kick from just outside the box in the 80th minute, but his shot was inches wide of the post.

Scoring Summary:
Rowdies:: Georgi Hristov - 38th minute
Atlanta: Jaime Chavez - 54th minute (Assisted by Shaka Bangura)

Atlanta Silverbacks: Hunter; Harlley (Sousa 86'), Canovas, Bangura, Poltronieri; Gonzalez, Gavin, Burgos (McCaulay 73'), Cruz (Sandoval 68'); Chavez, Bangura
Rowdies: Pickens; Gafa, Sanfilippo, Clinton, Wagner; Hertzog (Mkosana 64'), Russell, Savage, Shriver (Frimpong 85'); Olguin (Townsend 72'), Hristov

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Rowdies Press Photos - Wes McLeod

Wes McLeod in action against the New York Cosmos, at Giants Stadium in 1978.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Ray Vigliotti Signed Card

A signed 1982-83 Ray Vigliotti card, whilst with the Whitita Wings.
Many thank to Ray Knisley for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mark Karpun

Mark Karpun challenges Chicago Stings' Mike Twellman, during the game in Chicago, in 1983. Watched on by Manny Rojas.

Signed Cards - 1982 Rowdies II Matt Meyer

Matt Meyer's signed Rowdies II card.

Rowdies Press Photos - Cylde Best

Clyde Best in action for Feyenoord against FC Amsterdam, Holland in 1977.
Many thanks to David Hoebarth for this photo.

Rowdies vs. Minnesota United FC

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies mounted a late comeback effort against league-leading Minnesota United FC, but ran out of time, losing 3-2 to the Loons.
The Rowdies had taken a 1-0 first-half only for Minnesota to equalize by halftime. A pair of Minnesota goals on either side of the hour mark gave the Loons a 3-1 lead. Rowdies forward Casey Townsend cut the deficit in half with a goal in the 90th minute, but referee Rubiel Vazquez ended the match before the Rowdies had time to score their third goal.
Tampa Bay forward Georgi Hristov put the Rowdies ahead in the 28th minute, but Loons forward Christian Ramirez leveled the score just before halftime in the 44th minute.
"Overall, it was a fairly good game," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "I was happy with the discipline our guys showed within the tactical structure that we set out during the last couple of days. They implented that really well in the first half and I felt Minnesota weren't really a threat at all during that period. Instead of being 1-nil at half time, which would have given us extra confidence and lift, we came in at 1-all from a long throw-in into our box. I asked my guys to give me another 45 minutes of discipline the way they did in the first half, but we came out in the second period a little bit cold."
Blake Wagner earned an assist on the Rowdies goal, collecting the ball and dragged it away from his defender and onto his back foot. He then sneakily poked the ball through to Hristov, sending him one-on-one against Minnesota goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel. Hristov took a couple of dribbles to draw Van Oekel off his line, then slid the ball low past the goalkeepers' right hand to put the Rowdies up 1-0.
Hristov nearly had another one-on-one opportunity against Van Oekel in the 43rd minute, but Minnesota's last ditch defending did enough to prevent the Rowdies from taking a 2-0 lead.
Tampa Bay's lead nearly lasted until halftime, but a long throw-in by Brian Kallman deep in the Rowdies' half found Ramirez on the back post, who finished first-time past Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens.
A Minnesota defensive error in the 51st minute nearly gave Corey Hertzog a shot on goal after stealing an attempted clearance, but the ball ran just far enough away from him for Minnesota to successfully clear it.
In the 56th minute, Hristov intercepted a pass near midfield and started a quick attack with Luciano Olguin for support. Hristov slid the ball over to Olguin, who shot with his left foot, but it was saved by Van Oekel.
Minnesota's second goal, in the 58th minute, came in controversial fashion. Rowdies defender Anthony Wallace shielded Brian Kallman to the endline, with the ball appearing to roll past the endline and out of play before Kallman crossed to Ramirez, who finished past Pickens. The goal was Ramirez's league-high 19th of the season. 
"There's some dispute about whether the ball went over the line or not," Hill said. "At this level, you just continue playing to the whistle and that's it. We went 2-1 down and then, in quick succession, went 3-1 down without really being focused and intense enough in and around our box."
Eight minutes later, Juliano Vicentini extended Minnesota's lead to 3-1 with his first goal of the season. Ramirez and newly-minted United States Men's National Team member Miguel Ibarra combined well just outside the Rowdies' 18-yard box, but Tampa Bay defender Kyle Clinton stepped in and poked the ball away from Ibarra. The ball bounced directly to Aaron Pitchkolan, who slid it to Vicentini for a first-time finish and a 3-1 lead.
Tampa Bay made a pair of offensive-minded substitutions, sending Lucky Mkosana and Casey Townsend onto the field immediately after Vicentini's goal as it attempted to even the match once again. Those two would pair together for a goal in the 90th minute, as Mkosana's low cross from the left wing beat Minnesota's defenders. Townsend tapped it past Van Oekel from close range for his third goal of the season.
"The guys kept going and kept trying to prise things open," Hill said. "We didn't create enough opportunities to get back in the game, but we had a nice chance at the end that Casey converted well."
The Rowdies had one final chance to equalize before the end of the match, when Wallace took a free kick from 40 yards out, but his delivery was too long for the Rowdies to manage a shot.

Scoring Summary:
Rowdies: Georgi Hristov- 28th minute (Assisted by Blake Wagner)
Minnesota: Christian Ramirez- 44th minute (Assisted by Brian Kallman)
Minnesota: Christian Ramirez- 58th minute (Assisted by Brian Kallman)
Minnesota: Juliano Vicentini- 66th minute (Assisted by Aaron Pitchkolan)
Rowdies: Casey Townsend- 90th minute (Assisted by Lucky Mkosana)

Rowdies: Pickens; Gafa, Clinton, Yamada, Wallace; Hertzog (Frimpong 90'), Russell, Savage, Wagner (Mkosana 66'); Olguin (Townsend 66'), Hristov
Minnesota: Van Oekel; Kallman, Calvano, Dias, Davis; Vicentini (Reed 71'), Franks (Ibarra 59'); Venegas (Mendes 79'), Pitchkolan (c), Daley; Ramirez

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Rowdies Press Photos - Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson in action against the New York Cosmos, at Giants Stadium in 1978.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Scott Buete Signed Card

A signed Scott Buete card whilst with the Baltimore Blast in 2007.
Many thank to Ray Knisley for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Rowdies vs. Timbers Action

Portland Timbers' Robbie Rensenbrink is surrounded by Neill Roberts, Mike Connell and John Gorman, during a game in 1980.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1990 Rowdies Schedule Poster

A 1990 Rowdies schedule poster, sponsored by the Tampa Tribune.
Many thanks to Craig Fossett for this photo. 

Rowdies Press Photos - Kevin Keelan

Norwich City's goalkeeper Kevin Keelan watches as Liverpool's David Fairclough celebrates scoring past him, from a game in 1976.
Many thanks to David Hoebarth for this photo.

Rowdies vs. San Antonio Scorpions

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies were beaten 7-0 by the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday night at Toyota Field.
The Rowdies trailed 2-0 at halftime, but a quick red card and a flurry of goals were the story of the second half. Rafael Castillo, Cesar Elizondo and Eric Hassli each bagged braces for the Scorpions, in addition to Walter Restrepo's goal.
Within a minute of the start of the second half, Rowdies defender Tamika Mkandawire was shown a straight red card and dismissed from the match for a handball in the box. Castillo's 48th minute penalty kick put the Scorpions up 3-0 and the Rowdies were tasked with playing the remaining 42 minutes with 10 men.
"We were ball-watching and suddenly it's 3-nil and we've had a man sent off," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "From there on, it's an uphill battle. We struggled to stop San Antonio. Fair play to San Antonio for exploiting the situations that they had."
Up 3-0, Elizondo and Hassli traded two goals apiece as the Scorpions cruised to the finish and clinched their spot in The Championship.
In the first half, the Rowdies were burned by a couple of well-taken set pieces as Restrepo and Castillo scored the first-half goals.
Restrepo's goal came in the 28th minute when a Scorpions corner kick wasn't effectively cleared, dribbling weakly to the top of the box. Restrepo, charging forward, first-timed it past Matt Pickens in net for the opening goal.
Rafael Castillo doubled the lead just before halftime with a free kick that deflected off the top of the wall and into the net.

Scoring Summary:
San Antonio: Walter Restrepo - 28th minute
San Antonio: Rafael Castillo - 42nd minute
San Antonio: Rafael Castillo - 48th minute
San Antonio: Cesar Elizondo - 53rd minute (assisted by Giuseppe Gentile)
San Antonio: Eric Hassli - 67th minute (assisted by Walter Restrepo)
San Antonio: Cesar Elizondo - 73rd minute (assisted by Billy Forbes)
San Antonio: Eric Hassli - 77th minute

Scorpions: Saunders; James (Soto 78'), Janicki, Cann (c), DeRoux; Borrajo; Restrepo, Elizondo, Castillo, Forbes (Touray 75'); Gentile (Hassli 63')
Rowdies: Pickens; Rodrigues, Yamada, Mkandawire (c), Wallace; Frimpong, Hill (Russell 74'), Wagner, Morris (Mkosana 61'); Shriver, Townsend (Hertzog 51')

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell is challenged by Houston Hurricane's Dean Smith, at Tampa Stadium in 1978.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Justin Channing 1990-91 Sun Soccer Card

Justin Channing's 1990-91 Sun Soccer card, whilst he was at QPR.

Rowdies Press Photos - Frank Worthington

Frank Worthington jumps with a New York Cosmos' defender, at Giants Stadium in 1981.

1983 McDonald's Promo Cards

Gregg Thompson 1983 McDonalds Promo card.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1990 Rowdies Rookies

1990 Rowdies Rookies - Giles Hooper, Craig Fossett, Michael Bates and Mike Coons.
Many thanks to Craig Fossett for this photo.

Rowdies vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A couple of wild minutes doomed the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 3-2 loss to the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers under a full moon at Al Lang Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Rowdies had a 2-0 lead late in the first half and seemed to be cruising toward a fifth-consecutive Coastal Cup when a Strikers substitution changed the path of the match. Fort Lauderdale midfielder Mark Anderson had to be taken out of the match after picking up an injury and was replaced by Shawn Chin in the 42nd minute.
A minute later, Chin set up former Rowdie Fafa Picault for Picault’s 10th goal of the season.
A minute after that, Chin again set up Picault for the forward’s 11th goal of the season, evening the match at 2-2.
Early in the second half, it was Picault who took a shot for his hat trick, but Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens was on the spot to make the save. The ball deflected to Chin, who kicked it into the net for a 3-2 Strikers lead in the 56th minute that the Rowdies wouldn’t recover from.
“It’s inexcusable for that to happen at home,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “For whatever reason, there seems to be a mental blockage when we play at Al Lang. It’s not through the efforts of the fans and those who come out to support us. The fans encourage the players all the way through the game. We have a lot of work to do.”
Tampa Bay started the match well and it was defender Tamika Mkandawire that put the Rowdies ahead in the 11th minute, finishing past Strikers goalkeeper Kamil Contofalsky after Keith Savage sent a header off the crossbar on Darel Russell’s free kick delivery. The goal was Mkandawire’s third of the season.
The Rowdies doubled their lead in the 38th minute when Savage took a free kick from the right channel, delivering it short to an unmarked Russell, who collected it with a touch before smashing it past Contofalsky for a 2-0 lead.
“We’ve had a few occasions this year where (that play) looked to be there, but we haven’t tried it,” Savage said. “It looked nice and there were two options, Darel Russell and one behind him. I was going for the one behind him and hoping for a little dummy, but (Russell) took a great touch and did it himself.”
This is the first time this season the Rowdies have lost a match after scoring first.
“When you give up a goal, you need to regroup and we didn’t,” Savage said. “They’ve got one guy (Picault) with a lot of pace. They didn’t even do anything special. They put it behind and he ran. That definitely hurt. We expected to come out and be the better team and we weren’t. (Picault) was up for the game and up for the challenge.”
The Rowdies aggressively sought an equalizing goal in the second half, sending wave after wave of attacks toward the Strikers defense, but Contofalsky made every save he needed to make.
In the 64th minute, Brian Shriver found space to take a shot from inside the 18-yard box and beat Contofalsky, but his effort caromed off the goal post and was eventually kicked out of play by the Strikers.
Ricardo Morris and Lucky Mkosana entered the match in the 65th minute as the Rowdies pushed forward, with Mkosana’s speed creating plenty of chances for Tampa Bay.
Mkosana’s best shot at tying the match came in the 72nd minute, when he lost his defender and received a cross from the right wing, redirecting it hard toward net with his first touch, but a last-ditch dive by Contofalsky kept it from crossing the line.
Second-half substitute Walter Ramirez nearly made it 4-2 in favor of the Strikers in the 79th minute, but Pickens made an excellent diving save to keep the Rowdies in the match.
After that, the Strikers dug deep in their own half with the Rowdies unable to find a way through the sea of defenders and start their comeback.
Picault was forced out of the match with an injury in the 86th minute. With the Strikers already out of substitutions, the Rowdies played the closing minutes with a man advantage but were unable to score an equalizing goal.

Scoring Summary:
Rowdies: Tamika Mkandawire - 10th minute
Rowdies: Darel Russell - 38th minute (Assisted by Keith Savage)
Fort Lauderdale: Fafa Picault - 43rd minute (Assisted by Shawn Chin)
Fort Lauderdale: Fafa Picault - 44th minute (Assisted by Shawn Chin)
Fort Lauderdale: Shawn Chin- 56th minute

Rowdies: Pickens; Gafa, Hunt (Rodrigues 46'), Mkandawire (c), Wallace; Frimpong, Russell, Savage (Morris 65'); Shriver, Hertzog (Mkosana 65'), Hristov 
Fort Lauderdale Strikers: Contofalsky; King, Alves, Antonijevic, Guerrero (c); Pecka, Marcelin; Anderson (Chin 42'), Brito (Nurse 67'), Nunez (Ramirez 75'); Picault

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Rowdies Press Photos - Mark Karpun

Mark Karpun in action, during an indoor game against the Montreal Manic in 1983.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1989 Ticket Stub

A ticket stub from the game played at Tampa Stadium, against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on July 29th, 1989.
Many thanks to Patricia Scifres.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Winston DuBose and Steve Wegerle

A snap shot of Winston DuBose and Steve Wegerle at Tampa Stadium in 1981.
Many thanks to Patricia Scifres for this photo.

1983 McDonald's Promo Cards

J.C. Molina 1983 McDonalds Promo card.

Rowdies Press Photos - Gordon Jago

Rowdies Coach Gordon Jago, photographed whilst Manager of QPR in 1973.
Many thanks to David Hoebarth for this photo.

Rowdies vs. FC Edmonton

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies and FC Edmonton split the points at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday night with a 1-1 draw.
Chad Burt scored for Edmonton in the 43rd minute to give the Eddies a road lead. Neil Hlavaty’s initial shot was saved by Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens, but the rebound bounced directly to Burt, who kicked it home from about 10 yards out to give the Eddies a lead just before halftime. Georgi Hristov equalized from the penalty spot in the 68th minute to break a 268 minute scoreless streak.
Burt is a St. Petersburg native and played for the Rowdies in 2010 and 2011.
“Today was very important and we needed a three point result,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “To not get the three points is disappointing, first and foremost. To concede the first goal again is disappointing in the manner of how we conceded it. We’ve gotten into reasonable situations and we just haven’t been clinical enough or composed enough at times. I’m disappointed for our fans because we want to give them three points every time they come out to support us because they support us so well.”
The Rowdies started the match aggressively, dominated much of the first half with a forward-thinking 4-3-3 formation determined to put pressure on Eddies goalkeeper Lance Parker. New Rowdies forward Corey Hertzog led the attack, playing as the center forward in his Green and Gold debut, flanked on either side by Hristov and Casey Townsend, who swapped wings at will.
Tampa Bay midfielder Keith Savage nearly opened the scoring in the second minute, but his shot went just wide of Parker’s left-hand post.
Edmonton’s best early chance came off a throw-in in the 17th minute when Tomi Ameobi chested the ball up to set up for a shot, but Pickens left his line quickly to break up the play.
The Rowdies answered two minutes later with a chance of their own as Townsend cleverly turned on a ball and moved toward goal, but his shot from the outside of his boot was well over Parker’s crossbar.
In the 26th minute, a Hristov free kick from 23 yards out nearly gave the Rowdies a 1-0 advantage, but Parker dove to make the save at his near post to keep Tampa Bay off the scoreboard.
Edmonton’s goal came just before halftime, but the Rowdies again started aggressively in the second half.
Hill made a pair of aggressive substitutions in the 65th minute, with forward Brian Shriver and attacking midfielder Evans Frimpong both entering the match in search of a quick goal.
Two minutes later, a ball into the box saw Eddies defender Kareem Moses whistled for a foul on Willie Hunt to give the Rowdies a penalty kick. Hristov shot to the left for his seventh goal of the season to pull the Rowdies level in the 68th minute.
Forward Luciano Olguin entered the match for the Rowdies in the 83rd minute as the Rowdies continued to push for a match-winning goal.
“We put on a team full of offensive players and I was hoping that something would happen and we would get a little magic from someone maybe,” Hill said. “We needed a little quality in the final third, but we were a little bit impatient at times.”
Edmonton midfielder Eddie Edward was shown his second yellow card of the match in the 90th minute for a foul on Hristov, but the Rowdies didn’t have enough time to capitalize, with the match ending 1-1.

Scoring Summary:
FC Edmonton: Chad Burt - 43rd minute
Rowdies: Georgi Hristov- 68th minute (Penalty)

Rowdies: Pickens; Gafa, Hunt, Mkandawire (c), Wallace; Savage (Olguin 83') , Russell, Wagner (Frimpong 65'); Townsend (Shriver 65'), Hertzog, Hristov
FC Edmonton: Parker; Navarro, Watson (c), Roberts, Moses (Jones 72'); James, Hlavaty, Edward, Laing; Burt(Boakai 88'); Ameobi (Fordyce 85')

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Rowdies Press Photos - Winston DuBose

Winston DuBose is beaten during an indoor game, at the Bayfront Centre in 1982.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1980 Durban City Teamphoto

A 1980 team photo of South African side Durban City, showing former Rowdie Neill Roberts on the back row.

Rowdies Press Photos - Jurgen Stars

Jurgen Stars in action, during a training session in 1981.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell stops Atlanta Chiefs' Keith Furphy, with a well placed foot, during the 6-0 win at Tampa Stadium, in 1980.

Rowdies Press Photos - Farrukh Quraishi and Stewart Jump

Farrukh Quraishi and Stewart Jump, watch as New York Cosmos' Pele attempts an overhead kick, during the 1977 game at Giants Stadium.

Rowdies vs. FC Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada — Lance Laing’s 64th minute goal lifted FC Edmonton over the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Laing played a quick give-and-go with Neil Hlavaty just across the midfield line, with Laing taking a few dribbles before shooting past Tampa Bay goalkeeper Matt Pickens from about 15 yards out on the left side of the box.
"It's a lapse in concentration on our part," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "Credit goes to Laing for exploiting that moment and being clinical with his finish. Unless we score goals, we're always vulnerable to concede goals and then get nothing. Today was another situation whereby we had more than enough opportunities to score a goal. Whether it would have been enough to win or they would have reacted, I can't say. At the moment, when we can't score, teams make us pay."
The Rowdies’ Keith Savage had the first great scoring chance of the match in just the fourth minute, volleying a ball toward John Smits in Edmonton’s net, but his shot went just over the crossbar before dipping down.
The match started to settle down a bit after that, with the Rowdies starting to establish a bit more possession as the half progressed.
Edmonton’s first chance came in the 20th minute with Horace James eyed up a shot from a sharp angle on the right side, but his effort went untouched all the way out for a Rowdies throw-in.
Blake Wagner had a brilliant scoring chance in the 26th minute when Eddies right back Beto Navarro misplayed a ball and allowed Wagner to race in on goal unopposed. His attempted chip over Smits wasn’t high enough and was pushed out for a corner kick.
Edmonton ended the first half well, with Tomi Ameobi finding space for a shot in the right channel, which was saved well by Matt Pickens. The rebound went directly to Lance Laing on the opposite side, but his effort went wide of net on the stroke of halftime.
The Rowdies controlled much of the second half, including a 59th minute shot by Shane Hill that was saved by Eddies goalkeeper John Smits. Smits had four saves on the afternoon.
Laing’s goal in the 64th minute put a little urgency into the Rowdies’ effort with forwards Brian Shriver and Luciano Olguin entering the match in the 66th minute. It was Olguin’s first appearance in an NASL match for the Rowdies.
The two fresh players nearly combined for a goal in the 69th minute, with Shriver taking a free kick from the right that nearly found Olguin at the back post for a tap-in. It was headed clear at the last moment by an Edmonton defender.
Rowdies coach Ricky Hill made his final substitution in the 74th minute, inserting Lucky Mkosana for Blake Wagner as the Rowdies chased a goal.
Olguin nearly scored the equalizer just before stoppage time, but Smits was in the right spot at the right time to make the save and preserve the Eddies lead.
An extra time free kick by the Rowdies was sent into the wall shortly before the referee blew the final whistle.

Scoring Summary:
FC Edmonton - Lance Laing - 64th minute (Assisted by Neil Hlavaty)

FC Edmonton: Smits; Navarro, Watson, Roberts, Moses; James, Hlavaty, Edward (Blanco 77'), Laing (Mirabelli 86'); Burt (Boakai 79'); Ameobi
Rowdies: Pickens; Hunt, Rodrigues, Mkandawire (C), Wallace; Savage (Shriver 66'), Hill, Russell, Wagner (Mkosana 74'); Hristov, Walker (Olguin 66')

Sunday, 14 September 2014

1983 McDonald's Promo Cards

Peter Nogly 1983 McDonalds Promo card.

2014 Rowdies Team Group

The Rowdies lineup for the game against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, played at Lockhart Stadium on August 2nd.
Back row (L to R): Frankie Sanfilippo, Matt Pickens, Blake Wagner, Tamika Mkandawire, JP Rodrigues, Anthony Wallace.
Front row (L to R): Daryl Russell, Lucky Mkosana, Casey Townsend, Shane Hill, Georgi Hristov.

Rowdies Press Photos - David Mehmet

David Mehmet gives chase to Vancouver Whitecaps' Peter Beardsley, at Tampa Stadium in 1981. The Rowdies won the game 4-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Washington Olivera

Washington Olivera holds off San Diego Sockers' Julie Veee, during the 1980 Playoff Game, in which the Rowdies lost 2-6.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell closely marks San Diego Sockers' Ade Cocker, during the NASL Conference Championship Game in San Diego. The Sockers won 0-1.

Rowdies vs. Ottawa Fury FC

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies fell 2-0 to Ottawa Fury FC on a frustrating Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium.
The Rowdies’ ultra-offensive lineup pressured Ottawa goalkeeper Romuald Peiser for much of the night, but couldn’t find a way onto the scoresheet. Oliver’s 25th minute goal and Sinisa Ubiparipovic’s stoppage time insurance goal earned all three points for Ottawa.
“At this stage of the season, with the limited number of games that we have (left,) every point is vital,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “Congratulations to Ottawa. They were very organized and solid in what they wanted to do and they were very disciplined as a team.”
Despite the loss, the Rowdies remain in third place in the NASL Fall Season Standings, level on 16 points with the New York Cosmos, but with a game in hand. The Rowdies are five points behind first-place Minnesota United FC. In the NASL Combined Standings, the Rowdies are one point behind the Carolina RailHawks for fourth place and a spot in The Championship, but have played one fewer match.
Lucky Mkosana entered the starting lineup for the first time since August 2 as Hill fielded a forward-thinking starting XI. Mkosana played down the left wing, opposite Evans Frimpong on the right.
Both sides started the match poorly, but it was the visitors that struck first, with Nicki Paterson serving in a cross from the left wing that found Oliver’s head at the back post. Oliver thundered his header past Pickens and into the net for a 1-0 Fury lead in the 25th minute.
As the half progressed, the Rowdies started to play themselves into the match, with Brian Shriver and Georgi Hristov combining well in the final third. Tampa Bay pressured Romuald Peiser in Ottawa’s net, but the Rowdies were unable to find the equalizer before halftime.
“In the first half, we created a few good looks,” Hill said. “Our conviction in front of goal needs to be a lot better. You can never fault players for missing goals, but you have to believe you’re going to score, first and foremost. That’s half the battle. Tonight, although we huffed and puffed and created a number of looks at the goal, and on another occasion, we warranted more than a goal, it didn’t happen. We have to ensure as a team that we don’t get scored against.”
The second half was more of the same as the Rowdies pushed forward in search of a goal.
In the 50th minute, midfielder Darel Russell slid a pass through Ottawa’s defense, finding Brian Shriver as he looped around an Ottawa defender, but his shot was just wide of net.
Shriver blasted a shot on goal in the 62nd minute, but Peiser made one of his seven saves on the night to preserve Ottawa’s lead.
Ricky Hill adjusted his lineup in the 68th minute, sending Ricardo Morris and Casey Townsend into the match to try and grab the equalizing goal. Those two connected just four minutes later, with Townsend heading a ball down for Morris in front of net, but Morris’ first-time effort rolled wide of Peiser’s left-hand post.
Morris was at the center of the Rowdies attack once again in the 76th minute, feeding Hristov in toward net, but Peiser abandoned his line quickly and scooped the ball up off the penalty spot.
Amani Walker was inserted into Tampa Bay’s attack in the 83rd minute as the Rowdies desperately pushed to salvage a result.
With the match stretched out, Ottawa’s Sinisa Ubiparipovic raced past the Rowdies defense and fired past Matt Pickens to give Fury FC a 2-0 lead in stoppage time.

Scoring Summary:
Ottawa: Oliver - 25th minute (Assisted by Ramon Soria)
Ottawa: Sinisa Ubiparipovic - 90+' minute (Assisted by Vini Dantas)

Rowdies: Pickens; Willie Hunt, Rodrigues, Mkandawire (c), Wallace; Frimpong (Townsend 68'), Hill, Russell, Mkosana (Morris 68'); Shriver (Walker 83'), Hristov
Ottawa Fury FC: Peiser; Beckie, Jarun (Davies 46'), Trafford, RSoria; Donatelli, Ryan (c), Paterson; Oliver (Ubiparipovic 71'), Heinemann (Dantas 85'), Mayard

Monday, 8 September 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Rowdies II vs. Florida Suncoast Soccer League All-Stars Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies II 1982 game against the FSSL All-Stars played on August 1st, 1982, at the Jesuit Stadium.
The Rowdies II won 3-0.

2014 Rowdies Team Group

The Rowdies lineup for the Exhibition Game against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, played at Al Lang Stadium on July 4th.
Back row (L to R): Ricardo Morris, Takuya Yamada, JP Rodrigues, Keith Savage, Cody Mizell, Carl Cort.
Front row (L to R): Evans Frimpong, Anthony Wallace, Casey Townsend, Daryl Russell, Willie Hunt.

Rowdies Press Photos - Rowdies Goal Celebration

Tatu, Manny Rojas and Gregg Thompson celebrate Luis Fernando's goal, at Tampa Stadium in 1983.

Rowdies Press Photos - Rowdies II Action

Rowdies II in action against Tampa Arsenal, in 1982

Rowdies Press Photos - Rowdies vs. Cosmos Scuffle

Wes McLeod and Jan Van Der Veen step in as peacekeepers, whilst Oscar Fabbiani picks himself up, during the game against the New York Cosmos at Tampa Stadium in 1980.

Rowdies vs. Minnesota United FC

BLAINE, Minn. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies earned a point at the National Sports Center Stadium on Saturday night, drawing 1-1 with the NASL Spring Champions, Minnesota United FC.
Christian Ramirez put the Loons ahead early in the first half, but Georgi Hristov’s 70th minute goal pulled the Rowdies even. A hectic finish saw both teams take a shot at earning all three points, but the match ended 1-1.
"We are happy with a point," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "Minnesota had a number of opportunities which they didn’t capitalize on. Credit to our guys for sticking into the game and earning their point."
Ramirez’s league-leading 14th NASL goal — which he converted from the penalty spot in the 14th minute — gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead at halftime. The penalty kick was awarded when Daniel Mendes was judged to have been fouled just inside the 18-yard box. Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens correctly dove to his right-hand side, but could not prevent the goal.
Minnesota dominated much of the possession for the first half, but the Loons were unable to capitalize, sending their shots wide of frame.
"In the first half, we were a little tentative for some reason and defended a little bit too deep," Hill said. "Obviously, the goal was self-inflicted."
Tampa Bay started to find its footing later in the half, but did not really test Minnesota goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel.
The Rowdies arguably had the better chances in the second half, holding the ball and passing much better in the second frame than in the first. Still, the Rowdies couldn’t find the cutting edge for the early stages of the second half, not really challenging Van Oekel.
Rowdies coach Ricky Hill started to make his substitutions just after the hour mark, inserting both Amani Walker and Lucky Mkosana in the 62nd minute.
It didn’t take long for those substitutions to positively change the match
Mkosana showed clever footwork with the ball on left wing, beating a few defenders before passing to Hristov, who finished from a sharp angle past Van Oekel and into the net for the game-tying goal.
As the clock moved toward fulltime, the match stretched out as both teams desperately worked for a winner.
In the 79th minute, Walker raced one-on-one toward Van Oekel, but Minnesota defender Cristiano Dias made a sliding tackle to poke the ball away at the last moment.
Four minutes later, Shane Hill tried his luck from well outside the box, drilling a ball first-time that forced Van Oekel to make a diving save.
"The second half performance was more like us, in regards to the tempo that we played and the commitment that we showed," Ricky Hill said. 
At the other end, in the 84th minute, Simone Bracalello and Miguel Ibarra has consecutive shots blocked inside the Rowdies’ defensive box.
Both Ibarra and Walker had shots at a game-winning goal for their respective teams in stoppage time, but neither could convert, with the final whistle ending the match and earning each team a hard-fought point. 

Scoring Summary:
Minnesota: Christian Ramirez - 14th minute (Penalty Kick)
Rowdies: Georgi Hristov - 70th minute (Assisted by Lucky Mkosana)

Minnesota United FC: VanOekel; Davis, Dias, Calvano, Venegas; Mendes, Pitchkolan (C), Vicentini, Jordan (Watson 77'); Ibarra, Ramirez (Bracalello 81')
Rowdies: Pickens; Hunt, Rodrigues, Mkandawire (C), Wallace; Frimpong (Mkosana 62'), Yamada, Hill, Savage (Walker 62'); Hristov, Shriver (Morris 69')

Monday, 1 September 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Rowdies II vs. Carolina Lightnin' Exhibition Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies II 1982 Exhibition Game against the Carolina Lightnin' played on July 22nd, 1982, at the Memotial Stadium.
The Rowdies II lost 3-4.

2014 Rowdies Team Group

The Rowdies lineup for the game against Minnesota United FC, played at Al Lang Stadium on June 7th.
Back row (L to R): Kyle Clinton, JP Rodrigues, Casey Townsend, Cody Mizell, Blake Wagner, Daryl Russell.
Front row (L to R): Shane Hill, Frankie Sanfilippo, Lucky Mkosana, Georgi Hristov, Anthony Wallace.