Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

FC Tampa Bay allows late goal in 1-1 tie against FC Edmonton

ST. PETERSBURG — When FC Tampa Bay's schedule was released, the prospect of playing five of its first six games at Al Lang Field was a cause for excitement. It offered the perfect opportunity to start the season with momentum.

But following Wednesday's 1-1 draw with FC Edmonton, in which FC Tampa Bay allowed the tying goal in the final moments of extra time, the club must hope its fortunes improve on the road.

FC Tampa Bay (1-2-3) takes to the road with just six points and a five-game winless streak.

"We brought it on ourselves," FC Tampa Bay coach Ricky Hill said. "I felt we played poorly as a team overall and made elementary mistakes at certain times, which brought unnecessary pressure on ourselves. I don't have any grumble with the actual score because I don't think we deserved any more than that."

At the half, Hill chastised his team for sloppy play, saying it was the poorest 45 minutes of the season.

"I'm glad the camera wasn't on in the dressing room at halftime and you weren't in there," Hill told reporters after the game, "because you'd have a better story to tell — and justifiably so. It was not acceptable."

His squad answered in front of an announced crowd of 1,775 with a Chad Burt score in the 51st minute. But it allowed an equalizer in the final seconds of the four-minute injury time.

Rookie goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, a Countryside High and USF alum, was moments away from his first win, making seven saves on 22 shots. But a free kick deflected in the box to Chris Kooy, who put a shot from 2 yards inside the far post to keep first-year Edmonton (3-0-3) unbeaten.

"Throughout the season, I think our story's been that we've played well but we've been unlucky," Attinella said. "I think we have to start taking it the other way. We didn't play well enough to win. The last minute of the game, they can't score no matter what the situation is. We played well for 93 minutes, but the 94th killed us."

Burt, a Northeast High grad, scored on a left-footed shot off a centering header from Pascal Millien.

FC Tampa Bay now plays three of its next four on the road.

"We're almost a quarter of the way through the season now," Burt said. "Sports is about winning, and we have to win."

Eduardo A. Encina can be reached at eencina@sptimes.com.

FC Tampa Bay 1

Edmonton 1

FC Tampa Bay allows late goal in 1-1 tie against FC Edmonton 05/11/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  2. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  3. Rays journal: Cesar Puello, who has one major-league game, claimed off waivers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Looking to add punch to their right-handed lineup, the Rays claimed OF Cesar Puello off waivers Saturday from the Angels.

  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Mariners game

    The Heater

    SS Adeiny Hechavarria doesn't always look like he's going hard, but he showed impressive reactions Saturday in reversing field to catch a ball that clanked off the catwalk then firing to second to double up Guillermo Heredia on an attempt to tag up.