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Game preview: Tampa Bay Rowdies at Miami

When/where: 7:30; Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale

How to watch/listen: 1010-AM; fctampabay.com; miamifc.com

The opponent: Like the Rowdies, Miami has scored only one goal in two games this season, that coming from halftime substitute Paulo Araujo while trailing 1-0 in the second half against Rochester in the opener. Miami goalkeeper Caleb Sewell-Patterson has let in one goal in 180 minutes but has had to make only three saves thanks to a stout defense. … The Blues are playing their third straight home game to open the season.

The series: The rivals play for the Coastal Cup, facing each other four times. The squad with the most points at the end will be declared the Cup winner.

Rowdies notes: Aaron Wheeler has the most shots for the Rowdies with three. Julian Valentin, Jeremy Christie and Takuya Yamada each have two. … Christie (M), Yamada (M), Valentin (D) and Robert Valentino (D) have played all 180 minutes of the first two games. … The Rowdies have committed 33 fouls, 11 more than their opponents. Chad Burt leads with seven.

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Game preview: Tampa Bay Rowdies at Miami 04/30/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 8:13pm]
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