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Game preview: Tampa Bay Rowdies at Minnesota

Rowdies (1-0-0) at Minnesota (1-2-0)

When/where: 8 tonight; NSC Stadium, Blaine, Minn.

How to watch: The Rowdies' website, fctampabay.com, will broadcast the game live. Minnesota will have a feed at nscminnesota.org. … The Rowdies' viewing party is at Rock-N-Sports Bar and Bistro in Centro Ybor, 1600 E 8th Ave., Tampa.

The opponent: In three games, Minnesota has scored two goals and allowed five. Forwards Johnny Menyongar (eight shots) and Warren Ukah (seven) have taken the most shots for the Stars; midfielders Daniel Wasson and Brian Cvilikas have scored. Goalkeeper Joseph Warren has played 225 minutes. … The Stars, in their inaugural season, host their first home game.

The series: This is the first of four meetings between the teams. Both are in the USL Conference of the U.S. Soccer Federation Division 2.

Rowdies firsts: Aaron King, a second-half substitute at forward, scored the Rowdies' first goal a minute after entering the game on his only shot attempt in a 1-0 win over Baltimore on April 16. Goalkeeper Daryl Sattler made one save to record the first shutout.

Other news: The Rowdies signed midfielder/forward Drew Yates this week. Yates, who will make the trip to Minnesota, was a four-year standout at Maryland (2006-09), helping lead the Terps to the 2008 national championship. … The Rowdies announced a partnership with CBS Radio of Tampa to broadcast all home games and select road games live, starting with the May 1 game at Miami, on WQYK-AM 1010.

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Game preview: Tampa Bay Rowdies at Minnesota 04/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 23, 2010 9:33pm]
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