Rowdies win record fifth road game of season

They top Bethlehem Steel 2-1 to stay atop the USL Championship Eastern Conference.
Rowdies fans cheer on the team before a game last season at Al Lang Stadium. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times (2018)]
Rowdies fans cheer on the team before a game last season at Al Lang Stadium. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2018)]
Published June 22

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Juan Tejada and Sebastian Guenzatti scored in the first half and the Rowdies defeated Bethlehem Steel 2-1 Saturday.

Bethlehem captain James Chambers scored on a penalty kick in the 91st minute.

The Rowdies (9-1-6, 33 points) remained in first place in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference as the halfway point of the regular season approaches. It was Tampa Bay’s fifth road win, surpassing its 2018 record with 10 road games remaining.

Tejada netted his fifth goal of the year — and first since May 18 — after 13 minutes of play. Zach Steinberger teed up a free kick from outside the corner of the box, and the ball fell directly to Tejada standing 6 yards from goal.

Tejada was at the heart of the attack again in the 34th minute, blistering a low shot that Bethlehem goalkeeper Matt Freese tipped onto his left-hand post. The ball bounced right to Guenzatti on the 6-yard box, and he quickly finished for his team-leading eighth goal.

The Rowdies controlled the pace of play throughout the second half.

Bethlehem (4-8-4, 16 points) recorded two shots on target in regulation, both hit softly and right at goalkeeper John McCarthy.

Tampa Bay defender Tarek Morad committed a foul in the 90th minute, resulting in Chapter’s penalty kick.

The Rowdies return home to take on the Ottawa Fury on Pride Night at 8 next Saturday. The match will be part of a Rays-to-Rowdies doubleheader, with the Rays hosting the Rangers at 4:10 p.m.