FENTON, Mo. — The Rowdies positioned themselves among the leaders in the USSF D-2 Pro League with a 3-0 win against St. Louis in front of 3,402 at the A-B Center on Saturday.
The win, which ended a three-game road trip, gave the Rowdies (3-1-3) 12 points, good for second in the USL Conference and the league.
The game swung on two plays. A St. Louis giveaway in its defensive end led to a goal by Pascal Millien that put the Rowdies up 1-0. The goal, off an assist from Long Tan, was Millien's first as a pro.
Then a red card to defender Tim Velten forced St. Louis (1-6-1) to play a man down the rest of the match.
"We're giving up easy goals," said St. Louis midfielder Steve Ralston, an MLS veteran and former Tampa Bay Mutiny star who played 33 minutes in his first match back after tearing knee ligaments. "Going down a man never helps."
Any chance at a comeback by St. Louis disappeared in the 42nd minute.
The Rowdies' Aaron Wheeler, whose speed bothered St. Louis all night, got tangled with Velten and was dragged down inside the box, though there was plenty of contact from both sides. Referee Miguel Panduro ruled that the contact had been initiated outside the box and spotted the free kick there, but he also ruled that as the last defender, Velten got a red card.
Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe made it 2-0 in the 64th minute, running on to a pass from Takuya Yamada, and Tan added a penalty kick in the 90th minute after being fouled in the box by Jack Traynor.
Rowdies goalie Daryl Sattler had three saves.