This edition of the KICK magazine covers the game against the New York Cosmos, played on the 19th June, 1977 at Giants Stadium. The Rowdies lost 1-3, with the only goal scored by Wes McLeod. Attendance: 62,394.
The Rowdies team that day was: Hammond, Quraishi, Connell, Jump, St. Lot, Anderson, Wegerle, McLeod, Alston, Marsh, Fink.
This edition of the KICK magazine is from the February 14th, 1982, indoor game played at the Chicago Sting's Chicago Stadium. An attendance of 19,398 saw the Rowdies lose 9-10. With former Rowdie Steve Wegerle on the cover, whilst he was with the New York Cosmos.
Rowdies Drop Last Match of DIsney Pro Soccer Classic to Orlando City
The Tampa Bay Rowdies played to a 2-0 defeat against Orlando City on Saturday night in the final match of the 2013 Disney Pro Soccer Classic. An early goal off a penalty kick in the first minute gave Orlando City the 1-0 lead. Forward Jamie Watson placed his kick into the bottom left corner of the net for the early lead. Forward Dennis Chin sentenced the 2-0 final score in the 76th minute, filtering through the Rowdies back line and scoring off a breakaway.
Tampa Bay was affected by the early goal as Orlando continued to pressure, giving the Rowdies very little space to play. With the the Lions on the scoreboard, Tampa Bay was forced to try to gain possesion of the ball and find the equalizer. Rowdies goalkeeper Andrew Fontein had a stellar performance despite the 2-0 defeat, making two great save in the 20th and 25th minute. The California native first denied midfielder Adama Mbengue with a great diving stop, while later stopping Chin's shot from the left side of the box.
The Rowdies first chance came in the 26th minute with midfielder Evans Frimpong firing a shot from 20 yards out. His shot was headed towards the top left corner, but Orlando's goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo was well positioned to send the ball out for a corner kick.
Tampa Bay's forward Jemal Johnson had a clear shot from about 25 yards out in the 39th minute, but once again Gallardo denied the equalizer. With Tampa Bay gaining possesion of the ball, the last chance of the half was for Orlando forward Long Tan, who forced Fontein to make an incredible save. The Rowdies goalkeeper denied Tan from close range, with the ensuing rebound being sent over the bar.
With the Rowdies down a goal, the NASL side came out in the second half pressuring Orlando's defense. Midfielder Raphael Cox crossed two great balls into Orlando's box in the first 10 minutes of play, but the forwards were unable to get a touch on both feeds.
Looking for the equalizer, newcomer forward Amani Walker was able to find himself in a good position to get a head on goal. Cox delivered a perfect cross with Walker inching in on goal but his header was saved by Gallardo.
Tampa Bay increased their level of play in the second half, creating many chances on Orlando's goal. Midfielder Luke Mulholland had two great chances in the 64th and 72nd minute. The midfielder first striked a volley from 20 yards out that went inches away from the left post. Minutes later the Preston native cornered a free kick towards the top right of the net that was sent out for a corner kick by Gallardo.
Orlando City sentenced the match in the 76th minute, as Chin took advantage of the first clear chance that the Lions had in the second half. After slipping through the back line, Chin beat Fontein to make it 2-0.
Minutes after Orlando's goal, Walker looked to cut the lead in half with a shot in the 78th minute that blasted off the left post. Despite Tampa Bay's effort to get a goal on the scoreboard, Orlando was able to keep the Rowdies scoreless.
Orlando City - Jamie Watson (penalty) - 1st minute
This edition of the KICK magazine is from the August 12th, 1984, game played at the San Diego Sockers' Jack Murphy Stadium. An attendance of 2,267 saw the Rowdies lose 1-5. With the only goal coming from Wes McLeod.
The team this day was: Mausser, Connell, Kozic, Thompson, Van Der Beck, Wegerle (S), McLeod, Roberts, Karpun, Tatu, Wegerle (R).
The Tampa Bay Rowdies lost 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City in the final group match of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. With the loss, the Rowdies will play Orlando City SC next Saturday at 6:00 pm in their final match of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
The lone goal came in the 76th minute from attacking midfielder Graham Zusi, who slotted the ball next to the right post. Rowdies goalkeeper Andrew Fontein was close to getting a touch on it, but Zusi’s shot was well placed.
The Rowdies had a solid performance in the first half closing down Sporting’s main attacking threat Zusi. Tampa Bay looked more solid than both of the previous games with a strong defensive block, denying any dangerous chances.
The defending NASL champions had the first dangerous chance in the 9th minute, with midfielder Shane Hill slotting a ball into forward Devin Del Do, but he was unable to reach the ball before Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
Midfielder Luke Mulholland had a great first half, placing several dangerous crosses into Sporting’s box but their defense did a good job in clearing the ball out. Fontein was able to contain many of Kansas City’s crosses and shots, maintaining a strong defensive performance in the first half.
The second half started with the Rowdies pressuring Sporting KC up top trying to create turnovers that would lead to scoring opportunities. Kansas City’s first chance of the half came in the 53rd minute with a header from inside the 6-yard box but Fontein contained it easily.
The Rowdies controlled possession in the first part of the second half, producing good ball movement by the midfield. Tampa Bay was unable to access the final third until 64th minute after a cross by defender Thurstan Johnson that Mulholland was unable to volley on goal.
With Kansas City picking up momentum, they began creating chances with dangerous crosses into the box. Zusi was able to break through the Rowdies defense and score in the 76th minute after a good individual run into the box.
After Sporting’s goal, the Rowdies began to maintain possession of the ball looking for the equalizer. Midfielder Evans Frimpong had two crosses in the final 10 minutes of play, earning two corner kicks as the game came to an end. The final push from the Rowdies was unsuccessful, as Sporting KC held on for the 1-0 win.
Kansas City - Graham Zusi (C.J. Sapong) 76th minute
This edition of the KICK magazine is from the November 18th, 1983, indoor game played at the Chicago Sting's Chicago Stadium. An attendance of 10,278 saw the Rowdies lose 2-3. With the goals coming from Pedro DeBrito and Tatu.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies were defeated by the Montreal Impact by a score of 4-1 on Wednesday night in their second group match at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
The MLS side went up early in the first half, as Impact’s midfielder Felipe scored off a cross from midfielder Andrea Pisanu. Forward Marco Di Vaio capitalized on a penalty kick in the 17th minute making it 2-0 for Montreal. The Rowdies would cut the lead in half in the 38th minute after defender Takuya Yamada scored off a penalty kick. Di Vaio and substitute Sanna Nyassi scored in the 42nd and 66th minute respectively, making it 4-1 as the Rowdies dropped their second match of the tournament.
The Rowdies went down 1-0 early in the first half, when Felipe drilled home a cross from Pisanu in the 2nd minute. The Rowdies looked to equalize with a chance in the 6th minute, as trialist Jemal Johnson curled in a dangerous cross from the left flank, but midfielder Evans Frimpong was unable to get a touch on it.
Montreal’s forward Di Vaio made it 2-0 in the 17th minute, after Fontein was called for a foul in the box. The Italian forward stepped up and drilled the penalty kick into the top left corner of the net.
Tampa Bay cut the lead to one, when Yamada scored off a penalty kick in the 38th minute. The defender slotted the ball into the bottom right of the net making the partial score 2-1.
Di Vaio made it 3-1 in the 42nd minute, scoring his second goal of the night off a low cross by Pisanu. The midfielder made a great run down the right flank, placing the ball at the edge of the 6-yard box for Di Vaio to finish.
Rowdies forward Johnson has a great chance to score the second goal of the night for the Rowdies, but his strike from the right flank was sent out for a corner by Impact’s goalkeeper Evan Bush.
Montreal had the first chance in the second half, as substitute Nyassi forced Fontein to make a great save from close range. Nyassi went on to score the final goal of Montreal’s 4-1 victory in the 66th minute. His goal came off a pass from newcomer forward Andres Romero, leaving Nyassi one-on-one with Fontein.
The Rowdies looked to cut the lead in the last 20 minutes of play, with Frimpong and substitute George Tor creating chances on Montreal’s goal. Tor made several runs trying to catch the Impact’s defense off guard, but he was unable to score the Rowdies second goal of the night.
Montreal – Felipe assisted by Andrea Pisanu - 2nd minute
Montreal – Marco Di Vaio (Penalty) - 16th minute
Rowdies – Takuya Yamada (Penalty) - 38th minute
Montreal – Marco Di Vaio assisted by Andrea Pisanu and Callum Mallace - 41st minute
Montreal – Sanna Nyassi assisted by Andrés Romero- 65th minute
Montreal: Bush; Brovsky (Valentin 46’), Nesta (Ouimette 46’), Camara (Ferrari 46’), Tissot (Iapichino 46’); Warner (Lefèvre 46’), Pisanu (Arnaud 46’), Felipe (Eber 46’), Mallace (Romero 46’), Mapp (Smith 46’); Di Vaio (Nyassi 46’)
Rowdies: Fontein; Yamada, Scott, Needham (Arango 45'), Cox (Blackwood 45'); Frimpong, Campbell (Clinton 45'), Mulholland (Mack 74'), Savage (Tor 60'); Del Do, Johnson (J)
The Tampa Bay Rowdies lost 4-0 in their Disney Pro Soccer Classic debut against D.C. United on Saturday night. Tampa Bay held D.C. United scoreless through 55 minutes, until the Black-and-Red substitute Lionard Pajoy scored two quick goals in the 55th and 58th minute. D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp would go on to score the other two goals of the night in the 65th and 73rd minute, sentencing the final 4-0 score.
The Rowdies went head-to-head against D.C. United in the first half, with goalkeeper Andrew Fontein having a stellar performance. Tampa Bay began the match holding possession of the ball, with D.C. United on the counter attack awaiting their opportunity to score. This tactic worked well for the MLS side, creating some great chances down both flanks.
Tampa Bay’s trialist Jemal Johnson had the first chance of the match in the 7th minute with a shot from 20 yards out that curled over the bar. D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario had a clear opportunity in the 10th minute, but Fontein, who would be vital in several moments of the first half, cut off his low cross.
Both teams shared possession of the ball for most of the first half, until the 37th minute, when Pajoy had a great run down the left flank. The forward powered a shot on goal, but Fontein stepped up once again making a spectacular save to his left.
The Rowdies looked to take control in the first minutes of the second half, but forward Pajoy halted Tampa Bay’s momentum with a goal in the 55th minute. Pajoy headed the ball into the bottom right corner of the net after a great cross by defender Chris Korb. Three minutes later Pajoy scored his second of the night, chipping the ball over Fontein as he was coming out to close the angle. Canadian international Kyle Porter picked up the assist, feeding Pajoy a through ball behind the Rowdies defense.
The Black-and-Red took control of the match after those two quick goals, adding a third one in the 65th minute from defender Kemp. The defender went on to make it 4-0 in the 73rd minute after receiving a great assist from midfielder/forward Ryan Richter.
The Rowdies looked to maintain their passing style approach, creating several dangerous crosses in the last 15 minutes of play. D.C. United was able to contain Tampa Bays attack with a solid defensive performance.
D.C. United - Lionard Pajoy assisted by Chris Korb and Dwayne De Rosario - 55th minute
D.C. United - Lionard Pajoy assisted by Kyle Porter - 58th minute
D.C. United - Taylor Kemp assisted by Michael Seaton and Ryan Richter - 65th minute
D.C. United - Taylor Kemp assisted by Ryan Richter - 73th minute