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1225465 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-04-17 19:28:54.0 UTC 2012-04-17T15:28:54.000-04:00 tampa-bay-rowdies-defense-has-withstood-opponents-most-direct-attacks Published 2012-04-18 01:45:03.0 UTC 2012-04-17T21:45:03.000-04:00 sports/soccer DTI 90980842 Through two games, Rowdies coach Ricky Hill has been most pleased with his team's attitude and fitness level. That, and the fact the team has conceded just one goal, which he says could easily have been avoided. "Still need to do better regarding ball retention in good areas of the field," Hill said. "…Overall though, very pleased with the spirit and the attitude." Tampa Bay proved very capable in defense in the preseason — a 4-3 loss to Fort Lauderdale in the finale notwithstanding — by shutting out five straight college opponents. The solid play of starting defenders Andres Arango, J.P. Rodrigues, Frankie Sanfilippo and Takuya Yamada, plus goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, has continued in the regular season. Puerto Rico and FC Edmonton played long balls into the Rowdies' box, hoping a carom would create a scoring opportunity. The Rowdies defense, for the most part, has withstood the more direct attacks. "It's been good for us because mentally we've had to be alert, mentally we've had to stay keen and alive to ensure that we don't concede off the first or the second ball when it falls, so that's been pleasing likewise," Hill said. Carolina blues: Last season, Tampa Bay lost all four matches to Carolina by a combined 10-3. The RailHawks were the only team to sweep Tampa Bay. But this isn't the same Carolina team that topped the NASL regular-season standings the past two seasons. Gone is F Etienne Barbara, who led the NASL with 20 goals and named most valuable player in 2011. Barbara has joined MLS's Vancouver along with former Tampa Bay standout Long Tan. Barbara's partner up top, Pablo Campos, has also moved on. Campos was second in the NASL with 12 goals in 2011, including both in a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay in the teams' last meeting Sept. 3. Campos signed with NASL expansion club San Antonio in the offseason. "Those Carolina games are a poor indictment on the ability that we had last year," Hill said. "For whatever reason, we never managed to come out with a good enough result for me. I can't say they were vastly better than us in any of those games. … We were always in it, but we always ended up shooting ourselves in the foot more often than not by defensive lapse in concentration or tracking or set pieces." Tampa Bay has beaten Carolina once in six tries, a 2-1 road victory in the first meeting. Injury update: F Fafa Picault hopes a walking boot on his right foot to protect a broken bone in his big toe will come off this week. "Once it's off, maybe he can start joining in straight away," Hill said. "I would think within two weeks, he'll be really ingrained in the squad." By Bryan Burns, Times Correspondent Soccer,Rowdies,Sports Tampa Bay Rowdies' defense has withstood opponents' most direct attacks By Bryan Burns 4STC Main Defense stays stingy <p><b>.&#9;tonight</b></p><p><b>Rowdies vs. Carolina</b></p><p><b>When/where:</b> 7:30; Al Lang Field, St. Petersburg</p><p><b>Records:</b> Rowdies 1-1-0, Carolina 0-0-2</p><p><b>Broadcast:</b> Watch online at www.RowdiesSoccer.com</p><p><b>Promotion:</b> Fans are encouraged to wear retro Rowdies gear, and tickets (general admission and lower goal reserved) will be available at the 1975 inaugural Rowdies price of $7.50. Discounted tickets are available until noon today at (813) 287-1539 or tickets@rowdiessoccer.com.</p><p><b>Game day:</b> The Al Lang box office opens three hours before kickoff. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Parking is $5 in the lots and garages near the stadium.</p><p><b>Local connection:</b> Carolina has two players with Tampa Bay area ties: Clearwater native Brian Shriver and Tampa's Nick Zimmerman, who is in his second season with the RailHawks.<br /><br /></p> External input 3 sp_Rowdies041812 Defense stays stingy 2012-04-18 04:00:00.0 UTC 2012-04-18T00:00:00.000-04:00 Tampa Bay Rowdies, NASL soccer, Ricky Hill false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2012/04/17/90980842-tampa-bay-rowdies-defense-has-withstood-opponents-most-direct-attacks StaffArticle 2012-11-18 13:50:02.0 UTC 2012-11-18T08:50:02.000-05:00 sports,rowdiesTampa Bay Rowdiessports,soccerSoccerThrough two games, Rowdies coach Ricky Hill has been most pleased with his team's attitude and fitness level.Tampa Bay Rowdies, NASL soccer, Ricky Hill<span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">BRYAN BURNS</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Correspondent 2285137 2016-07-12 23:51:06.0 UTC 1 Month Ago hedy-news-offleady-goes-hereyy sports/soccer Michael Nanchoff looks to make mark with Tampa Bay Rowdies StaffArticle 2280250 2016-06-04 02:02:51.0 UTC 3 Months Ago tampa-bay-rowdies-balance-lamar-hunt-us-open-cup-nasl-ambitions sports/soccer Tampa Bay Rowdies balance Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, NASL ambitions StaffArticle 2280731 2016-06-08 14:44:54.0 UTC 3 Months Ago for-rowdies-fans-the-beard-is-a-keeper sports/soccer For Rowdies fans, the Beard is a keeper StaffArticle <p>Through two games, Rowdies coach <b>Ricky Hill </b>has been most pleased with his team's attitude and fitness level.</p> <p>That, and the fact the team has conceded just one goal, which he says could easily have been avoided.</p> <p>&quot;Still need to do better regarding ball retention in good areas of the field,&quot; Hill said. &quot;…Overall though, very pleased with the spirit and the attitude.&quot;</p> <p>Tampa Bay proved very capable in defense in the preseason — a 4-3 loss to Fort Lauderdale in the finale notwithstanding — by shutting out five straight college opponents. The solid play of starting defenders <b>Andres Arango</b>, <b>J.P. Rodrigues</b>, <b>Frankie Sanfilippo</b> and <b>Takuya Yamada</b>, plus goalkeeper <b>Jeff Attinella</b>, has continued in the regular season.</p> <p>Puerto Rico and FC Edmonton played long balls into the Rowdies' box, hoping a carom would create a scoring opportunity. The Rowdies defense, for the most part, has withstood the more direct attacks.</p> <p>&quot;It's been good for us because mentally we've had to be alert, mentally we've had to stay keen and alive to ensure that we don't concede off the first or the second ball when it falls, so that's been pleasing likewise,&quot; Hill said.</p> <p><b>Carolina blues: </b>Last season, Tampa Bay lost all four matches to Carolina by a combined 10-3. The RailHawks were the only team to sweep Tampa Bay.</p> <p>But this isn't the same Carolina team that topped the NASL regular-season standings the past two seasons. Gone is F <b>Etienne Barbara</b>, who led the NASL with 20 goals and named most valuable player in 2011. Barbara has joined MLS's Vancouver along with former Tampa Bay standout<b> Long Tan</b>.</p> <p>Barbara's partner up top, <b>Pablo Campos</b>, has also moved on. Campos was second in the NASL with 12 goals in 2011, including both in a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay in the teams' last meeting Sept. 3. Campos signed with NASL expansion club San Antonio in the offseason.</p> <p>&quot;Those Carolina games are a poor indictment on the ability that we had last year,&quot; Hill said. &quot;For whatever reason, we never managed to come out with a good enough result for me. I can't say they were vastly better than us in any of those games. … We were always in it, but we always ended up shooting ourselves in the foot more often than not by defensive lapse in concentration or tracking or set pieces.&quot;</p> <p>Tampa Bay has beaten Carolina once in six tries, a 2-1 road victory in the first meeting.</p> <p><b>Injury update:</b> F <b>Fafa Picault</b> hopes a walking boot on his right foot to protect a broken bone in his big toe will come off this week.</p> <p>&quot;Once it's off, maybe he can start joining in straight away,&quot; Hill said. &quot;I would think within two weeks, he'll be really ingrained in the squad.&quot;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:55:23