Thursday, 29 April 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Sunday, 25 April 2010
A 32nd minute refereeing decision was the biggest moment of the match as the Rowdies fell to the NSC Minnesota Stars 1-0 in front of 2,310 fans in Blaine, Minnesota Saturday night in Minnesota’s home opener.
“I thought we dominated the game, but it doesn’t matter how much you possess the ball if you don’t take the chances and create opportunities for goals,” said Head Coach Paul Dalglish.
The game began with the Rowdies controlling the majority of possession but they were unable to capitalize. Minnesota had the first goal of the night with the ball finding the back of the net, but it was called back by the linesman for offsides.
In the 32nd minute, Gordon Kljestan was ruled to have brought down a Minnesota player in the box and was shown a straight red card. The teams got into a bit of a jawing and pushing match, with Stars defender Brian Kallman rushing up field to join the fracas. The referee took offense to that and red carded Kallman as well. Both players will automatically be suspended for one game. The United States Soccer Federation will review tape of the fray early next week.
Leilei Gao pushed the ensuing penalty kick to the bottom left corner of the goal. The Rowdies goalkeeper Daryl Sattler dove at full stretch to his right but was unable to get a hand on the ball and the Stars took a 1-0 lead.
With both teams suddenly reduced to 10 men, Minnesota continued to push for a second goal before halftime and came very close to grabbing it. Gao took a hard shot that was deflected upwards by Rowdies defender Rob Valentino. Sattler had already committed to the shot and was caught out of position by Valentino’s deflection. Sattler managed to recover and catch the ball just short of the goal line.
The Rowdies nearly grabbed an equalizer in the dying seconds of the first half as Pascal Millien sent in a dangerous free kick. Aaron Wheeler powered a strong header towards the net, but Minnesota goalkeeper Joe Warren, collected it. The referee ended the half just seconds later and the Rowdies headed to the locker room with a 1-0 deficit.
It was a tale of two halves as the Rowdies looked to be the far superior side in the second half. Aided by the wind at their backs, the Rowdies pinned the Stars deep into their own half for much of the second half.
Long Tan made way for Chad Burt to start the second half and the Rowdies piled on the pressure. Jeremy Christie made a run into the Minnesota box and had a chance for a penalty in the 53rd minute as he was brought down on the end line by Stars defender Andres Arango. The referee didn’t give the penalty, and the Rowdies would have to continue searching for an equalizer.
Aaron King and Kwame “JJ” Adjeman-Pamboe entered the game in the 61st minute and created good chances for the Rowdies. Christie continued to impress offensively in the second half, taking good shots from just outside the box in the 58th and 74th minutes that required saves from the Minnesota keeper.
Christie took a shot in the 83rd minute that had beaten the keeper but was drifting wide when Aaron King came inches away from sliding onto it and deflecting it into the back of the net. Adjeman-Pamboe controlled the ball into the Minnesota box and ended up taking a shot from the edge of the 6-yard box that was deflected out. Chad Burt sent the ensuing corner kick into the box and in the scramble for possession, the ball was sent back out to Burt. Burt one-timed a lob back into the box and a Rowdies player got some free space and sent a good header towards the goal, but it was again saved.
Despite owning the majority of possession and chances in the second half, the Rowdies’ search for the tying goal came up empty. After five minutes of second half extra time, the referee ended the match, sealing the Rowdies first loss this season.
“It’s disappointing to lose but I couldn’t ask for more effort from the guys,” said Dalglish. “But we need to get better in the final third, turning possession into possession with a purpose.”
Rowdies lineup: Daryl Sattler, Rob Valentino, Julian Valentin, Gordon Kljestan, Eric Ustruck (Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe 61), Jeremy Christie, Pascal Millien, Stanley Nyazamba (Drew Yates 79), Takuya Yamada, Long Tan (Chad Burt 46), Aaron Wheeler (Aaron King 61)
Minnesota lineup: Joe Warren, Daniel Wasson, Andres Arango, Brian Kallman, Kevin Friedland (Chris Clements 61), Kyle Altman, Leilei Gao (Simone Bracalello 88), Andrei Gotsmanov (Warren Ukan 80), Neil Hlavaty (Ely Allen 70), Johnny Menyongar, Melvin Tarley (Brian Cvilikas 61)
Scoring Summary: MIN – Leilei Gao (penalty kick) 34th minute Attendance: 2,310
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
It's not live action, but it is a brilliant visual account of the Rowdies opening victory against Crystal Palace Baltimore by Shawn Hubbard Photography.
The Rowdies won their first Regular Season game the club has played in franchise history by a 1-0 scoreline over Crystal Palace Baltimore. A noisy crowd of 1,029 braved strong winds and heavy rain showers to witness the first 2010 USSF D-2 Pro League match for both teams.
The match was played at a frenetic pace but without much goalmouth action. Palace controlled the opening ten minutes of the first half and looked dangerous in the latter stages of the second. The Rowdies' second half goal came from a clever lobbed pass that deceived the Palace defense. Aaron King, who had come on as a substitute just minutes earlier, took advantage of a fortunate bounce as he challenged Andrew Marshall in the air. As the players collided, the ball fell kindly for the Tampa forward who finished clinically past Evan Bush from twelve yards out.
Palace failed to capitalize on their few chances. In the third minute of the game, Randi Patterson was sent through on goal down the right channel by the industrious Neto, but Patterson placed his effort a foot wide of the right-hand post. It wasn't until the second half that Palace came close again when Mathew Mbuta created a chance out of nothing from the left corner of the box. The Cameroonian winger's swerving shot took Daryl Sattler in the Rowdies goal by surprise. He was always scrambling to cover his left-hand post as he watched the ball rattle off the woodwork and back into play. Palace 'keeper Evan Bush kept his side in the game with ten minutes left, pulling off an impressive finger-tip save to keep a mis-hit cross by Aaron Wheeler out of the goal. Palace pressed forward as time was running out, and in the second of four minutes of added time, Mathew Mbuta was unable to convert on an awkward bouncing cross from Lucio with the open goal beckoning.
"The guys produced a very spirited performance tonight to bring the three points home, " said Rowdies' Head Coach Paul Dalglish. "We went into this game to win and we have accomplished it! "
“He scored the first goal of our inaugural season,” said Dalglish of Aaron King. “That’s one thing he will always have to tell everyone. He can be extremely proud of that achievement.”
“It’s an amazing feeling to get the first game under our belts,” said King. “We have a few things to work on for our next game but that first win makes all the difference for us.”
Palace Baltimore: Bush, Nishumura, Marshall, Jonke, Basso, Versailles (Yoshitake, 45), Seabrook (Lucio, 45), Robson, Andongcho, Patterson (Brooks, 65), Neto
Rowdies: Sattler, Valentino, Valentin, Ustruck, Diaz (Tatters, 76), Yamada, Tan (Adjeman-Pamboe), Millien (Nyazamba, 86), Christie, Burt, Wheeler (King, 63)
Scoring Summary: Rowdies - King, 66 (unassisted), Attendance: 1,029
Saturday, 17 April 2010
In addition to playing collegiate soccer, Valentino spent the 2007 season with the San Jose Frogs of the USL Premier Development League. However, he injured his left knee and was set to red-shirt the season, but ultimately decided to sign a generation Adidas contract.
Valentino was drafted in the first round, 13th overall, of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by New England Revolution. He made his full professional debut for Revolution on 1 July, 2008, in a US Open Cup third round game against Richmond Kickers, and was traded to Colorado Rapids in exchange for Nico Colaluca on May 6, 2009.
The Rowdies completed the acquisition of Rob from the Colorado Rapids, meant the U.S. Under-23 center back would be available for Friday night’s season opener against Crystal Palace Baltimore.
While the deal was originally expected to be a season-long loan from the Rapids, it is in face a permanent move. That made Rowdies' coach Paul Dalglish a happy man.
Friday, 16 April 2010
2 - Rob Valentino (Defender)
3 - Graham Tatters (Defender)
4 - Julian Valentin (Defender)
5 - Gordon Kljestan (Defender)
6 - Erik Ustruck (Midfielder)
7 - Kwama Adjeman-Pamboe (Midfielder)
8 - Jeremy Christie (Defender/Midfielder)
10 - Adam Nowland (Midfielder)
11 - John Raus (Midfielder)
13 - Yendry Diaz (Defender)
14 - Pascal Millien (Midfielder)
15 - Joe Donoho (Defender)
16 - Phillip Lamarre (Goalkeeper)
17 - Mozzi Gyorio (Midfielder)
18 - Aaron King (Forward)
19 - Josh Lambe (Goalkeeper)
21 - Aaron Wheeler (Forward)
22 - Scott Buete (Midfielder)
23 - Long Tan (Midfielder)
27 - Stanley Nyazamba (Midfielder)
32 - Takuya Yamada (Midfielder)
77 - Chad Burt (Midfielder)
The Rowdies have confirmed that midfielder Drew Yates has signed with the club, and will meet up with his new teammates at tonight's game.