Rowdies fall to Colorado in 3-1 loss in U.S. Open Cup
The Tampa Bay Rowdies fall to Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids Tuesday night in a 3-1 loss in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Al Lang Stadium.
"All in all I think they put a good shift in as a team," said Rowdies head coach Ricky Hill. "We're very disappointed to have conceded three and to have been knocked out, of course we are. But I think most of the fans who came here should have been quite happy with the level of performance from the players."
Colorado opened the scoring in the 17th minute on a penalty kick by Edu. Tampa Bay was called for a hand ball in the box following a sequence which saw both goalkeeper Jeff Attinella and defender Draymond Washington make saves inside the box. Edu converted the penalty kick in the bottom left corner of the net for a 1-0 Rapids lead. It marked the first goal Tampa Bay had allowed in the first half of any game this season.
The Rapids added to their lead with another score in the 33rd minute. Midfielder Wells Thompson played a perfect lead pass to forward Andre Akpan inside the box and Akpan beat Attinella low to the far corner of the goal for a 2-0 advantage.
Tampa Bay had six shots in the first half with several good scoring opportunities. Forward Mike Ambersley hit the crossbar with a header in the first minute and forward Luke Mulholland's free kick in the opening minutes of the match bounced off the crossbar as well. Colorado goalkeeper Steward Ceus was also forced to make saves on Ambersley and Daniel Antoniuk on consecutive possessions to force Rowdies corner kicks.
In the 48th minute the Rowdies seemed to be on the verge on getting their first goal with a good shot from Ambersley that went wide of the mark. Then off a Tampa Bay corner kick, Antoniuk had a powerful header that was deflected by Ceus for another corner kick.
Colorado extended its lead in the 91st minute of the match with a nice give and go combination between Akpan and Kamani Hill, who blasted the ball into the upper roof of the net. The Rowdies got on the scoreboard in injury time as well with a goal by forward Matt Clare after an assist from Mulholland.
Colorado: Edu - 17th minute (Penalty kick)
Colorado: Andre Akpan - 33rd minute (assisted by Wells Thompson)
Colorado: Kamani Hill - 91st minute (assisted by Andre Akpan)
Rowdies: Matt Clare - 92nd minute (assist by Luke Mulholland)
Rowdies: GK Jeff Attinella, D Frankie Sanfilippo (Captain), D Andres Arango, D Takuya Yamada, D Draymond Washington, M Stuart Campbell, M Shane Hill, M Keith Savage (Fafa Picault 61'), F Luke Mulholland, F Mike Ambersley, F Daniel Antoniuk (Matt Clare 72')
Colorado Rapids: GK Steward Ceus, D Hunter Freeman (Kosuke Kimura 72'), DTyrone Marshall (Captain), D Scott Palguta, D Luis Zapata, M Harrison Henao (Joseph Nane 58'), M Wells Thompson, M Jaime Castrillon (Tony Cascio 67'), M Kamani Hill, F Andre Akpan, F Edu
The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota Stars FC played to a scoreless tie Friday night at Al Lang Stadium on the third annual Military Appreciation Night. With the tie, the Rowdies snapped Minnesota's winning streak at three and the Stars were held scoreless for the first time in their last six matches.
Rowdies goalkeeper Jeff Attinella moved into sole possession of the franchise record for shutouts with the seventh of his career, including his second this season.
The Rowdies had 12 shots, including four on goal, on the night. Tampa Bay's defense held the Stars to just one shot on goal in the match after Minnesota had scored 14 total goals in its previous five matches. In addition, Tampa Bay continued its first half shutout streak and has yet to allow a goal this season in the first 45 minutes.
The Rowdies controlled most of the possession in the first half, and had the better of the chances. Forward Mike Ambersley broke in on goal in the 11th minute only to have his shot deflected wide for a corner by Minnesota goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt. The Stars had their first chance of the game a few minutes later off a set piece but a header from inside the box rang off the crossbar. The Rowdies then turned a turnover in the middle of the field into a good opportunity for Ambersley, but he was denied again by Hildebrandt in the 23rd minute.
In the 58th minute the Rowdies had one of their best chances of the game when defender Takuya Yamada crossed the ball to forward Daniel Antoniuk, who headed the ball just over the goal.
Minnesota only had a few chances on goal in the second half, with one coming in the 64th minute off a corner after a giveaway in the middle of the field. That led to a run down the side but the shot was saved by Attinella.
Rowdies: GK Jeff Attinella, D Frankie Sanfilippo (Captain), D Andres Arango, D Takuya Yamada, D Draymond Washington, M Stuart Campbell, M Shane Hill (Matt Clare 71'), M Keith Savage, F Luke Mulholland (Fafa Picault 77', Dan O'Brien 90'+), F Mike Ambersley, F Daniel Antoniuk
Minnesota Stars FC: GK Mitch Hildebrandt, D Kevin Friedland (Shawn Chin 87'), D Evan Sassano, D Kyle Altman (Captain) (Connor Tobin 70'), D Ernest Tchoupe, M Fuad Ibrahim, M Daniel Wasson, M Michael Reed, M Andy Lorei, F Devin Del Do, F Travis Wall (Martin Nunez 71')