ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies couldn't find a finishing touch, and when they did, Ottawa was there to make a key save, and Tampa Bay lost 2-0 Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium.
No soccer player goes into a game with the intention of picking up a yellow card. But cautions do happen.
Just not to Amani Walker.
Rowdies at Ottawa Fury
When/where: 7; TD Centre, Ottawa Records: Rowdies 4-0-3, 12 points fall season, 6-4-6, 22 overall; Ottawa 1-2-4, 5 fall, 4-3-9, 15 overall. Online: nasllive.com
ST. PETERSBURG — During the Rowdies' two-game winning streak entering their match against Carolina at Al Lang Stadium, the offense had been firing on all cylinders, recording seven goals and threatening with regularity to put more on the scoreboard.
ST. PETERSBURG — Five seasons ago at age 29, Darel Russell won his first championship, guiding England's Norwich City to the League One title and a promotion to the country's second-tier league.
ST. PETERSBURG — The previous weekend at Carolina, Tampa Bay Rowdies coach Ricky Hill tinkered with the starting 11 for the first time during the North American Soccer League's fall season, inserting Brian Shriver, Keith Savage and Amani Walker into the lineup.
ST. PETERSBURG — On July 10, Diego Restrepo stepped onto the Tampa Bay Rowdies' Walter Fuller training field to participate in his first practice drill since tearing the Achilles tendon in his left foot less than five months prior.
ST. PETERSBURG — Bolstered by two come-from-behind wins to start the NASL fall season, the Rowdies were oozing confidence before Saturday night's match against first-place San Antonio. But erasing yet another deficit proved too much to ask.
ST. PETERSBURG — For the sixth league match in a row and eighth time in the last nine overall, the Tampa Bay Rowdies gave up the first goal of the match Saturday when the Indy Eleven's Kleberson rifled a 25-yard shot past goalkeeper Matt Pickens in the 38th minute.
Striker Georgi Hristov's goal in the 89th minute completed a comeback for the Rowdies, who defeated the host Indy Eleven 2-1 on Saturday night in the NASL.