ROWDIES BEATEN 7-0 BY SCORPIONS IN SAN ANTONIO
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies were beaten 7-0 by the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday night at Toyota Field.
The Rowdies trailed 2-0 at halftime, but a quick red card and a flurry of goals were the story of the second half. Rafael Castillo, Cesar Elizondo and Eric Hassli each bagged braces for the Scorpions, in addition to Walter Restrepo's goal.
Within a minute of the start of the second half, Rowdies defender Tamika Mkandawire was shown a straight red card and dismissed from the match for a handball in the box. Castillo's 48th minute penalty kick put the Scorpions up 3-0 and the Rowdies were tasked with playing the remaining 42 minutes with 10 men.
"We were ball-watching and suddenly it's 3-nil and we've had a man sent off," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "From there on, it's an uphill battle. We struggled to stop San Antonio. Fair play to San Antonio for exploiting the situations that they had."
Up 3-0, Elizondo and Hassli traded two goals apiece as the Scorpions cruised to the finish and clinched their spot in The Championship.
In the first half, the Rowdies were burned by a couple of well-taken set pieces as Restrepo and Castillo scored the first-half goals.
Restrepo's goal came in the 28th minute when a Scorpions corner kick wasn't effectively cleared, dribbling weakly to the top of the box. Restrepo, charging forward, first-timed it past Matt Pickens in net for the opening goal.
Rafael Castillo doubled the lead just before halftime with a free kick that deflected off the top of the wall and into the net.
San Antonio: Walter Restrepo - 28th minute
San Antonio: Rafael Castillo - 42nd minute
San Antonio: Rafael Castillo - 48th minute
San Antonio: Cesar Elizondo - 53rd minute (assisted by Giuseppe Gentile)
San Antonio: Eric Hassli - 67th minute (assisted by Walter Restrepo)
San Antonio: Cesar Elizondo - 73rd minute (assisted by Billy Forbes)
San Antonio: Eric Hassli - 77th minute
Scorpions: Saunders; James (Soto 78'), Janicki, Cann (c), DeRoux; Borrajo; Restrepo, Elizondo, Castillo, Forbes (Touray 75'); Gentile (Hassli 63')
Rowdies: Pickens; Rodrigues, Yamada, Mkandawire (c), Wallace; Frimpong, Hill (Russell 74'), Wagner, Morris (Mkosana 61'); Shriver, Townsend (Hertzog 51')