TAMPA — A rough week for the Rowdies didn't get any better Friday night.
A day after the organization "parted ways" with coach Paul Dalglish, playoff-bound Minnesota rolled into Steinbrenner Field and won 3-1 in front of an announced crowd of 3,006, which saw the Rowdies (6-12-11, 29 points) extend their winless streak to 11 games.
"Even if you say it doesn't weigh on your mind, it does a little bit," Rowdies captain and defender Julian Valentin said about dealing with the coaching change. "But we're professionals, and we have to do better."
The onslaught started early and lasted throughout. In the 14th minute, Rowdies goalkeeper Daryl Sattler, who returned after missing three games with a groin injury, couldn't stop defender Brian Kallman's strike from just outside the box, which bounced off the bottom of the crossbar for the first goal.
Twenty-two minutes later, Minnesota forward Simone Bracalello slotted another past Sattler. And just before the end of the first half, midfielder Devin Del Do took advantage of open space to set up an easy finish for midfielder Kentaro Takada in front of net.
In the 73rd minute, Tampa Bay forward Maykel Galindo came off the bench and got a consolation goal, a low blast from the right side of the box that beat goalkeeper Matthew Van Oekel on his near post.
But defensively, Valentin said, Tampa Bay did not do enough to stop the Stars (11-12-7, 40 points).
"We gave up three goals in the first half, so not good enough," he said. "Not good enough for these fans, not good enough for this organization, and it can't happen."
Tampa Bay finishes its inaugural season next Friday at home against Baltimore, and interim coach Perry Van Der Beck said with the team owning options on a majority of players, some will be playing for their jobs.
"They should always be playing for their jobs, always," he said.