Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.
Out of bounds
ORLANDO — Orlando City B's Danny Deakin scored on a penalty kick in the 96th minute, sending the Rowdies home with a 1-1 tie Thursday night.
Tampa has hosted CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer games before, most recently in 2011.
ST. PETERSBURG — They'd waited nearly seven weeks for a victory, so another two hours was no big hardship.
ST. PETERSBURG — If for nothing else than to make the postgame musical act's signature hit seem meaningful, the Rowdies need to pull off a win Thursday night.
PITTSBURGH — The Rowdies lost their first USL game in nearly a month, 1-0 to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
ST. PETERSBURG — Damion Lowe has loved his first season with the Rowdies but has some other soccer-related business that might pull him away for a bit.
Family business, too.
RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond scored on the game's final play and the Rowdies had to settle for a 1-1 tie on Saturday.
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies fell behind in the sixth minute of Saturday night's match against Rochester, and with leading scorer Georgi Hristov serving a one-game suspension due to yellow card accumulation, things didn't look good for them in the early going.
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies look to break out of their four-game winless streak against the team that started it. Rochester, which knocked off Tampa Bay 1-0 on May 24, is in town for a rematch tonight.