A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies second Exhibition Game, of their tour of Haiti, against the National Team of Haiti, played on January 15th, 1976, in Port Au Prince.
The Rowdies lost the game 0-1.
I recently received a photo from Kathryn Sherman, of another member of the progressive rock band Kansas, wearing a Rowdies jersey, this time it's keyboard player Steve Walsh, wearing a Rodney Marsh jersey, but with the wording KANSAS on the back.
Just about the entire Rowdies team watches as the New York Cosmos score from a free kick, at Giants Stadium in 1984. From left to right are Perry Van Der Beck, Steve Wegerle, Peter Roe, Wes McLeod, Tony Towers, goalie Arnie Mausser and leaping Mike Connell. The Rowdies were hammered 1-5.
The Rowdies hosted its second annual Celebrity Game, presented by Buick/GMC. The Buick Yellow Team won the contest 2-0 over the GMC Green Team on the strength of two goals from former Rowdies player Peter Ward and some excellent saves by former Rowdies goalkeeper Kevin Keelan.
The Rowdies knocked off NSC Minnesota 2-0 Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium with its fourth consecutive home victory in league play and moved into sole possession of third place in the NASL standings. With the win, the Rowdies also extended its unbeaten streak to four games, equaling its season-high, and the four consecutive home wins extend a team record.
"The guys feel good about themselves, they feel good about each other, and they have a belief when they step on the field that they expect to not be beaten," said head coach Ricky Hill. "For me, that's a great feeling. After the game, I told them that there's a mood amongst the guys in the locker room and a camaraderie that is building and growing."
Midfielder Pascal Millien gave the Rowdies a 1-0 lead with a devastating long ball from about 30 yards out from the net that bypassed NSC Minnesota goalkeeper Joe Warren, hitting off the crossbar and into the goal in the 45th minute. Millien's goal was his fourth of the season and was assisted by midfielder Keith Savage. It marked the eighth straight game for the Rowdies with at least one goal in the first half.
"It was my lucky day," said Millien. "I think that's one of my best goals ever. As soon as I took the shot, I thought it was in. We are chasing a playoff spot right now so we have to keep working hard."
The Rowdies extended the lead in the 65th minute when team captain and defender Frankie Sanfilippo had his shot deflect off a Minnesota player and into the goal by the near post for a 2-0 lead. It was Sanfilippo's first goal of the year and came after a patient lead pass from forward Aaron King, who was credited with his fourth assist of the year. King has now scored at least one point in eight straight matches for the Rowdies and his four assists are tied for second-best on the club.
"We have seven more games to go and it's going to be an exciting race," said Sanfilippo. "To come out of this stretch with seven points after playing three games in eight days just shows how everybody on this team fought up and down the field. It was a big win for us tonight."
The Rowdies extended another team record with its sixth shutout of the year, including the third this season for rookie goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, who was superb with seven saves on the night. One of his best stops came in the 83rd minute, when he made a diving stop off a deflected free kick.
Midfielder Mozzi Gyorio buried a free kick in the 90th minute to rally the Rowdies to a 3-3 draw against Montreal Wednesday night at Saputo Stadium. Gyorio's goal capped a furious comeback that saw the Rowdies come back from a 3-1 deficit with less than six minutes remaining in the match.
"Once they went up 3-1, we knew we had to dig deep and stick together," said Gyorio. "It gave us a little bit of hope when we scored the second goal, and then we were able to tie the game. It was a crucial point for us and I think it showed a lot of character."
With the tie and NSC Minnesota's 1-0 loss at home to Ft. Lauderdale, the Rowdies moved into a tie for third place in the NASL standings with the Stars. The Rowdies and NSC Minnesota meet this Saturday, August 13 at Al Lang Stadium.
"We knew that Montreal would come out with some purpose in the second half, and they scored the quick goal and then took advantage of some poor defending by us," said head coach Ricky Hill. "After we went down 3-1, we changed formations and the players that came off the bench really came onto the field with a purpose and played their part. It was fantastic; to come back from 3-1 down is a great achievement."
Rowdies' midfielder Shane Hill gave the Rowdies a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute as he deposited the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the year. It gave the Rowdies at least one goal in the first half in seven consecutive games.
The Rowdies took the 1-0 lead into halftime, but Montreal quickly tied the match in the 46th minute. Forward Eduardo Sebrango scored his fifth of the year on an assist from second half substitute Ali Gerba. Moments later, Montreal took its first lead of the match when midfielder Ian Westlake scored in the 54th minute, his third of the season, on Gerba's second assist of the game.
Sebrango notched his second of the game in the 75th minute, giving the Impact a 3-1 advantage. Gerba earned his third assist of the match on the goal as the Impact appeared to be in control.
Rowdies' forward Aaron King gave the team some life when he notched his sixth goal in the last seven games on an assist from defender Frankie Sanfilippo in the 85th minute to cut the deficit to 3-2.
"It was a team goal by Aaron," said Hill. "We managed to move through the midfield and into the wide position, better than we had done previously in the game. Frankie had an inviting cross into the box. And Aaron King has been great in terms of his goal-scoring prowess and his efforts. That gaves us the belief that we could get something out of the game."
Moments later, Gyorio stunned the Impact with his 90th minute strike to earn the point.
"It was a fantastic free kick and wonderful execution by Mozzi," said Hill. "In previous games, he has been unfortunate at times in hitting the crossbar. He does practice for these moments. It was not an easy shot by any means and it was great for him to step up at that time when the team needed him."
"I have been working on it a lot after practice," said Gyorio. "There are a few of us that stay after training and work on free kicks and corners, and it paid off tonight. I knew I had to hit it hard because he is a big keeper. So I just hit it hard with the dip and it went right where I wanted it to go."
The 1978 Wowdies at Tampa Stadium. I know the middle Wowdie is Carolyn Carmen, and the one on the right is Theresa Quelle (Thanks to Jim Jetmore). But can anyone name the other one? - If so, please could you email me, thanks!!