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 1976 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.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell and Wes McLeod

Mike Connell and Wes McLeod watch, as Atlantic Chiefs' and future Rowdie David Byrne, slips during the NASL Indoor Eastern Divisional Playoff Game, in which the Rowdies won 6-5.

Rowdies Press Photos - Graham Paddon

Graham Paddon closed down New York Cosmos' Carlos Albert, at Giants Stadium in 1978. Watched by Mike Connell and Jim Fleeting.

Rowdies Press Photos - Lenny Glover

Lenny Glover, 2nd from the left, does laps at The Valley, whilst with Charlton Athletic. With Jack Kennedy, Roy Matthews and Brian Kinsey in 1965.
Many thanks to David Hoebarth for this photo.

Rowdies vs. Ottawa Fury FC

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada — The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ first visit to Ottawa Fury FC’s impressive new TD Place stadium couldn’t have gone much better, with the Rowdies notching a 2-0 win on the road.
Brian Shriver and Darel Russell each got on the scoresheet as the Rowdies picked up their third win in four weeks. It was the Rowdies’ second clean sheet of the season.
“We’re delighted with the victory and extra delighted to get the clean sheet,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “We haven’t had many of those, so props to the guys for doing that. I thought some of our play tonight was excellent overall and I’m happy with the performance.”
After a well-balanced first 28 minutes, Brian Shriver tapped home the opening goal. Georgi Hristov dribbled the ball to the endline and created enough space for himself to slide a pass to Shriver, who first-timed toward the far post and into the net.
“Once Georgi got to the endline and started dribbling toward goal, instead of making a run in, I kind of popped back out to give him something to pass to,” Shriver said. “He played a good ball, nice and crisp into me. I just tried to flick it toward goal and it got over the keeper and in.”
It was Shriver’s second goal of the season and first since April 19.
“It felt so good, because it’s been a long time for me,” Shriver said. “It’s my first goal since getting hurt and hopefully it’ll start a little bit of form for me. It’s a relief and I’m glad I could help the team.”
In the 41st minute, Darel Russell doubled the Rowdies’ lead with a laser from well outside the box past Ottawa goalkeeper Romuald Peiser and into the top corner of the net.
Ottawa created moments of danger in the opening 45 minutes, but could not manage to capitalize on any, sending the match into the locker room at 2-0.
Neither side scored in the second 45 minutes, though Ottawa had the better chances. The Fury’s Tom Heinemann did appear to pull a goal back in the 70th minute, but the play was whistled offside.
Georgi Hristov had a shot saved at point-blank range by Peiser just before stoppage time, but the match ended 2-0.
Tampa Bay coach Ricky Hill a few changes to his starting lineup, with Willie Hunt and Evans Frimpong entering the first team. Club captain Frankie Sanfilippo did not make the trip to Ottawa after sustaining a knock in training Thursday, with Hunt replacing him as right back. Evans Frimpong started the match on the right side of midfield, with Shriver moving to the forward line. Centerback Tamika Mkandawire wore the captain’s armband in Sanfilippo’s absence.

Scoring Summary:
Rowdies: Brian Shriver - 29th minute (Assisted by Georgi Hristov)
Rowdies: Darel Russell - 41st minute (Assisted by Shane Hill)

Ottawa Fury: Peiser; Davies, Eustaquio, Trafford, Soria (Mayard 82'); Donatelli, Ryan (Captain), Ubiparipovic (Oliver 46'); Paterson (Dantas 57'), Heinemann, Haworth
Rowdies: Pickens; Hunt, Rodrigues, Mkandawire (Captain), Wallace; Frimpong (Wagner 82'), Hill, Russell, Savage (Mkosana 90'); Shriver (Townsend 73'), Hristov

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Rowdies II vs. Jacksonville Tea Men Reserves Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies II 1982 game against the Jacksonville Tea Men Reserves played on June 30th, 1982, at the Gator Bowl.
The Rowdies II won 3-0.

Rowdies Press Photos - Willie Hunt

Willie Hunt's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

Rowdies Press Photos - Tatu

Tulsa Roughnecks' goalie Winston DuBose comes out of goal, to take away the ball from Tatu. 
During the 2-0 win at Tampa Stadium in 1982.

Rowdies Press Photos - Zoran Savic

Zoran Savic takes on a Orlando Lions' player, at Tampa Stadium in 1988.

Rowdies Press Photos - Jeff Dubeck

1993 Rowdies goalkeeper Jeff Dubeck.

Rowdies vs. Carolina Railhawks

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies were defeated 1-0 in the dying minutes by the visiting Carolina RailHawks on Saturday night in front of 4,212 fans at Al Lang Stadium.
Two weeks ago, on August 9, the Rowdies and RailHawks played the highest-scoring match in the NASL Fall Season, a 4-3 thriller in North Carolina. Saturday night’s match didn’t quite live up to that, but did feature drama with Tiyi Shipalane’s stoppage time goal dooming the Rowdies to defeat.
“There’s a lesson to be learned,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “The game is 90-plus minutes. Irrespective of the dominance and whatever possession we’ve had, we didn’t maintain focus and concentration for that amount of time. I think anyone that was here would suggest that was a little bit of a smash-and-grab result.”
The Rowdies dominated possession, holding the ball for 72 percent of the match, and also posted more corner kicks (5 to 3) and shots (12 to 8,) but were missing their final touch on the night.
In the 15th minute, Tampa Bay forward Georgi Hristov had one of the better scoring chances of the half, finding space to shoot from a very tight angle, but his right-footed effort curled around the far post and out of play.
The Rowdies built another scoring chance in the 42nd minute, with Amani Walker finding Keith Savage in box, but Carolina goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald dove to save Savage’s low shot.
Ricky Hill made no changes to his starting lineup from last week’s win over the New York Cosmos, but was forced into an early substitution. Defender JP Rodrigues collided with Carolina’s Leo Osaki in the 20th minute and was forced out of the match. Willie Hunt replaced Rodrigues in the 24th minute. Osaki was able to stay in the match.
The Rowdies piled on the pressure in the second half, were unable to find a goal, being shutout for the first time since August 2.
Hristov raced into a one-on-one situation with Fitzgerald in the 79th minute, but Carolina’s goalkeeper fell to his right and pushed the ball away for a game-saving save to keep the scoreline unblemished.
In the 85th minute, Savage found Darel Russell for a leaping header, but Russell’s effort was wide of the net.
Four minutes later, Hunt rose to meet a corner kick with a header of his own, but, again, the shot was off target.
As the 90th minute elapsed, Carolina earned a corner kick that would lead to their game-winning goal. After bouncing around the box, the ball was controlled by RailHawks forward Daniel Jackson, who fed Shipalane for the match-winner in stoppage time.
“It’s disappointing in the manner of how they scored and the time they scored,” Hill said. “We’ve got to learn quickly. I’m not too displeased with our performance in general. I can’t be over critical of the guys in terms of the effort they’ve put in, but it’s disappointing that we haven’t come away with something.”
It was Shipalane’s seventh career goal against the Rowdies.
“It’s just the game of soccer,” Rowdies captain Frankie Sanfilippo said. “You can dominate the game for the whole 90 minutes, but the one opportunity they had, they put in. I don’t remember a time that (Rowdies goalkeeper Matt) Pickens was taking shots or was under the gun. It just hurts. It’s unfortunate that we played for 90 minutes and dominated, but they just had a silly opportunity and put it in.”

Caution Summary:
Carolina: Leo Osaki - 71st minute
Carolina: Danny Barrera - 86th minute

Rowdies: Pickens; Sanfilippo (c), Rodrigues (Hunt 24'), Mkandawire, Wallace; Shriver (Morris 60'), Russell, Hill, avage; Walker (Mkosana 71'), Hristov
Carolina RailHawks: Fitzgerald; Graye, Tobin, Scott, Low; Marques-Davidson (c), Osaki (Zimmerman 73'); Shipalane, Albadawi (Martinez 79'), Berrera; King (Jackson 65')

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Rowdies II vs. Atlanta Datagraphic Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies II 1982 game against Atlanta Datagraphic played on June 26th, 1982, at Tampa Stadium.
The Rowdies II lost 1-2.

Rowdies Press Photos - Takuya Yamada

Takuya Yamada's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1994-95 Milwaukee Wave Teamphoto

A 1994-95 Milwaukee Wave team photo, showing three former Rowdies - back row: Matt Knowles, middle row: David Vaudreuil and front row: Mark Abboud.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Craig Fossett and Steve Horne

A photo of Craig Fossett and Steve Horne.
Many thanks to Craig for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Winston DuBose

Winston DuBose stretches in a vain attempt to stop a Ft. Lauderdale Strikers' goal, during the Conference Playoff Game at Lockhart Stadium in 1979.

Rowdies vs. New York Cosmos

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies and the New York Cosmos wrote another chapter in their dramatic history on a beautiful Saturday night in St. Pete, and this chapter is one that Rowdies fans will enjoy reading.
Goals from Keith Savage, Tamika Mkandawire and Blake Wagner saw the Rowdies fly past the Cosmos 3-1 in front of 4,273 fans at Al Lang Stadium.
“I’m delighted with the win,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “Overall, it’s probably one of our most complete 90 minutes. We’ve had moments where we’ve been good in games, but we haven’t been able to sustain it those moments over longer periods. I think the forward play was lively tonight and Georgi (Hristov) and Amani (Walker) caused all sorts of problems for the Cosmos’ back two.”
The night started well, with a celebration for Rowdies captain Frankie Sanfilippo, who made his 101st official appearance for the club, and got even better fast as Savage smashed home the opening goal 22 minutes into the match.
Amani Walker muscled a Cosmos defender off the ball and raced down the right flank before crossing the ball to Savage near the corner of the six-yard box beyond the far post. Savage coolly redirected the ball on frame, with New York’s Hunter Freeman able to touch it, but not keep it out of the night.
Savage has been an impact player for the Rowdies in the last two weeks since being inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since May 17. Last week in Carolina, he had an assist on a free kick. Saturday night, he scored the Rowdies’ opening goal.
“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to play,” Savage said of his recent run of starts. “This team is deep and I had to learn that the hard way. Making the most of my opportunities is awesome. … It was a tight angle, but I just tried to connect and put it across goal. I was so happy when it went in.”
With a 1-0 lead on the board, the Rowdies attacked confidently, piling the pressure on New York. Walker, Georgi Hristov and Shane Hill all had fantastic scoring chances in the minutes that followed Savage’s goal, but the Rowdies were unable to score again in the first half, carrying the one-goal advantage into the locker room at halftime.
New York forward Mads Stokkelien had a golden opportunity to equalize for the Cosmos late in the half when Sebastian Guenzatti’s shot was blocked and fell right to him with space to score. He blasted his shot well over the crossbar and the threat was ended.
The Rowdies doubled their lead in the 58th minute when defender Tamika Mkandawire scored his second goal in as many weeks. Midfielder Brian Shriver dribbled down the left flank and lofted a cross to the back post. Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer punched the ball to Mkandawire who hit a volley into the bottom left corner of Maurer's net.
Saturday night was Mkandawire’s first time playing the Rowdies-Cosmos rivalry.
“More important (than my goals), that’s back-to-back wins,” Mkandawire said. “Two big wins for us and six points on the board. I know the history between the two sides and it’s an honor to play for the Rowdies in such a big game and be part of their history. I’m delighted for the team, the fans and the club.”
After Mkandawire’s second goal, the Cosmos created their first two dangerous chances of the half in quick succession, both off of crosses from the right side. The first was cleared by defender J.P. Rodrigues on a slide tackle, the second was punched away by a diving Pickens. 
New York got on the scoresheet in the 81st minute when two Cosmos substitutes combined with nice play on the top of the box. Hans Denissen played a through ball to fellow forward Stefan Dimitrov who clipped the ball past a charging Pickens and off of the far post into the net.
The Rowdies managed to withstand New York's late pressure and even increase their lead in stoppage time. Lucky Mkosana dribbled through the Cosmos box and slid the ball to Blake Wagner with enough space to shoot. Wagner made no mistake with his shot, drilling into the bottom corner.
The win was the Rowdies’ first against the Cosmos since May 26, 1984 and puts the Rowdies into one of the positions that qualify for The Championship.
“It’s a huge win for us,” Savage said. “It’s such a huge rivalry and they’re such a huge team. They have great players in Senna and Joseph Nane and others, so that’s a big win for us. Any three points is big, but this one, and in particular at home, feels good. It’s great for our fans.”

Scoring Summary:
Rowdies: Keith Savage- 22nd minute (Assisted by Amani Walker)
Rowdies: Tamika Mkandawire- 58th minute
New York: Stefan Dimitrov- 81st minute (Assisted by Hans Denissen)
Rowdies: Blake Wagner- 90th minute

Rowdies: Pickens; Sanfilippo (c), Rodrigues, Mkandawire, Wallace; Shriver (Frimpong 66'), Russell, Hill, Savage (Wagner 83'); Walker (Mkosana 70'), Hristov
Cosmos: Maurer; Freeman, Mendes (c), Roversio, Ayoze; Szetela, Senna (Nane 63'); Guenzatti, Flores, Johnson (Dimitrov 60'); Stokkelien (Denissen 71')

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Rowdies II vs. Lindo's Thunderbolts Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies II 1982 game against Lindo's Thunderbolts played on June 23rd, 1982, at Tampa Stadium.
The Rowdies II won 3-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Stuart Campbell

Stuart Campbell's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

Signed Cards - 1980 Rowdies Keith Bailey

Keith Bailey's signed Rowdies card.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Martin Hill and Craig Fossett

Martin Hill, Craig Fossett and Timothy Hill, at the recent Liverpool vs. AC Milan game.
Many thanks to Craig for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Phillip Gyau

Phillip Gyau, during his time with the Maryland Bays in 1991.

Rowdies vs. Carolina Railhawks

CARY, N.C. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies won a thriller at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday night, defeating the Carolina RailHawks 4-3 in dramatic fashion. Twice the Rowdies took a two-goal lead only for Carolina to make things interesting again.
“It was a tremendous effort from everybody, all 18 players that traveled,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “I’m absolutely delighted for the guys. Carolina is a very difficult place to play.”
Rowdies forward Amani Walker got the party started early, controlling an inch-perfect through ball from Shane Hill and sliding it past RailHawks goalkeeper Scott Goodwin and just inside the far post to give the Rowdies the opening goal in the 3rd minute.
The Rowdies, not satisfied with the early lead, continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded in the 10th minute.
Midfielder Keith Savage, celebrating his 29th birthday, delivered a free kick from the left flank into the six-yard box, where Tamika Mkandawire slammed it into the net with a powerful header to put the Rowdies up 2-0.
“It’s an unusual feat for us (having an early lead),” Ricky Hill said. “In the last eight games, we’ve been behind, so I was as surprised as anyone. Credit to the guys for the way they started the game. Today we got the reward with two quick goals.”
Still not satisfied, the Rowdies continued their hard work, with Walker, Brian Shriver and Georgi Hristov all receiving the ball in dangerous areas as the half progressed.
Carolina had back-to-back free kicks near Tampa Bay’s goal in the 35th and 38th minutes, but on both occasions, goalkeeper Matt Pickens made a diving save to deny Kupono Low’s shot.
The RailHawks started the second half the same way the Rowdies started the first.
Enzo Martinez supplied Zach Schilawski with a great entry ball into the box, which Schilawski tapped over Pickens and into the net to make the score 2-1 in the 48th minute.
Just three minutes later, Schilawski returned the favor, feeding Martinez for the equalizing goal in the 51st minute.
The match remained even at 2-2 until late in the second half when Ricky Hill made impactful substitutions. Lucky Mkosana entered the match in the 71st minute with Ricardo Morris joining him on the field in the 72nd.
In the 77th minute, Morris slid a low cross from the left flank into the six-yard box, where a sliding Mkosana redirected it into the net for a 3-2 lead.
Tampa Bay appeared to have sealed the win with an 84th minute goal when a saved shot bounced his way near the penalty spot and he rocketed it past Goodwin for a 4-2 lead, but the scoring wasn’t quite finished for the night.
Carolina’s Danny Berrera took a shot in the 86th minute that deflected off Rowdies defender JP Rodrigues and trickled over the line to make the score 4-3.
Immediately after that, Carolina defender Daniel Scott was shown a second yellow card and dismissed from the match and Tampa Bay was able to close out the match and earn all three points.
“To give away two goals right after halftime, a lot of times we team would be despondent and have our heads down,” Ricky Hill said. “We regrouped and got ourselves back together.”

Scoring Summary:
Rowdies: Amani Walker - 3rd minute (assisted by Shane Hill)
Rowdies: Tamika Mkandawire - 10th minute (assisted by Keith Savage)
Carolina: Zack Schilawski - 48th minute (assisted by Enzo Martinez)
Carolina: Enzo Martinez - 51st minute (assisted by Zack Schilawski)
Rowdies: Lucky Mkosana - 77th minute (assisted by Ricardo Morris)
Rowdies: Darel Russell - 84th minute
Carolina: Own Goal - 86th minute

RailHawks: Goodwin, Low, Scott, Tobin, Graye; Davidson (Captain), Martinez (Zimmerman 83'), Albadawi, Shipalane (Jackson 70'), Schilawski; King (Berrera 74')
Rowdies: Pickens; Sanfilippo (Captain), Rodrigues, Mkandawire, Wallace; Shriver (Wagner 80'), Russell, Hill, Savage (Morris 72'); Walker (Mkosana 71'), Hristov

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Rowdies II vs. Georgia Generals Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies II 1982 game against the Georgia Generals played on June 15th, 1982, in Atlanta.
The Rowdies II lost 0-1.

Rowdies Press Photos - Shane Hill

Shane Hill's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.

Signed Cards - 2013 Rowdies Sercan Guvenisik

Trialist Sercan Guvenisik's signed 2013 Rowdies card.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Tatu

Tatu looks through a fan's photo album, in 1983.

Rowdies Press Photos - Don Droege and Mike Connell

Don Droege and Mike Connell battle against Toronto Blizzard's (and future Rowdie) David Byrne, for possession of the ball, during a game in 1982.

Rowdies vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The 2014 Coastal Cup winner will be determined at Al Lang Stadium on Sept. 27 following the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ 1-0 loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday night.
Former Rowdie Fafa Picault scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute and the Rowdies were unable to equalize.
“It’s hard to point out just one reason why we weren’t at our best tonight,” Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. “When you don’t start a game with any real urgency, you’re lulled into some lethargy. It seemed that way in the first half, in particular.”
The home-standing Strikers started the match much better than the Rowdies, pressing hard in the first 20 minutes with forwards Picault and Jenison Brito.
Just eight seconds into the half, Jenison raced through the Rowdies defense and fired a shot on goal, but Tampa Bay goalkeeper Matt Pickens made the first of his three saves in the period.
Picault put a header just over the crossbar in the 18th minute and he had another shot in the 32nd minute after James Marcelin backheeled a pass to him, but his shot didn’t have enough power to beat Pickens.
In the 37th minute, Georgi Hristov received a ball in the box and rounded Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Kamil Contofalsky, but he was forced to the byline in the process and couldn’t get his shot on target.
The best chance of the half came in the 43rd minute when Hristov threaded a pass past the oncoming Contofalsky to Blake Wagner, but Wagner’s tap-in was wide of frame.
“At halftime, it was nil-nil I was fairly happy because I was convinced we would up our game in the second half,” Hill said. “That wasn’t the case. We were, in fact, worse. In general, we didn’t have any real cohesion and we weren’t able to keep enough possession in meaningful places to enable us to get a foot in the credit.”
Fort Lauderdale resumed its pressure at the start of the second half, nearly taking a lead in the 55th minute when Mkandawire deflected a Mark Anderson shot toward the side of goal Pickens had just dove from, but the ball dribbled wide of frame to keep the score even at 0-0.
Brian Shriver, inserted at halftime on the right wing, created some issues for the Strikers’ defense, but no Rowdies were able to score. Evans Frimpong and Ricardo Morris also entered the match in a double substitution in the 71st minute. It was Morris’ competitive debut for the Rowdies after signing for the club on July 25.
Just a minute later, Fort Lauderdale scored the only goal of the match.
Mark Anderson crossed a ball from the right wing and Martin Nunez’s shot caromed off the crossbar directly to Picault. Picault volleyed it first-time past Pickens and into the net to give the Strikers a lead.
The Rowdies were unable to equalize, meaning the Strikers remain in contention for the Coastal Cup.
“We’ve lost the last two in a row, which is something we desperately wanted to avoid in this second half of the season,” Hill said. “Now it’s up to us to arrest that trend with an important stretch of games coming up. I always stress that the guys make Saturday their best day, but on this Saturday, not enough had their best day."

Goal Summary:
Ft. Lauderdale: Fafa Picault - 72nd minute

Strikers: Čontofalský; King, Alves, Marcelin, Guerrero (Captain); Anderson (Perez 74'), Gonzalez, Chin, Nuñez (Ramirez 78'); Picault, Brito (Gordon 90')
Rowdies: Pickens; Sanfilippo (Captain), Rodrigues, Mkandawire, Wallace; Mkosana (Shriver 46'), Hill, Russell, Wagner (Frimpong 71'); Townsend (Morris 71'), Hristov

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Rowdies II vs. Winter Park Reds Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies II 1982 game against the Winter Park Reds played on June 2nd, 1982, in Tampa.
The Rowdies II won 3-0.

Rowdies Press Photos - Cody Mizell

Cody Mizell's 2014 Rowdies Mugshot.