PITTSBURGH — Lucky Mkosana scored in the 84th minute and the Rowdies extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-1 tie against Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
The Rowdies (11-1-7, 40 points) remain unbeaten on the road (6-0-3) and in first place in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference.
Tampa Bay trailed after a Kevin Kerr penalty in the 52nd minute. The Rowdies’ Pape Diakite was called for clipping Neco Brett’s heels on his way into the box.
The Rowdies have conceded a penalty kick in three of their past four matches.
After that, Tampa Bay coach Neill Collins began substituting attacking players. Mkosana entered in the 66th minute. Zach Steinberger and Kwadwo Poku entered in the 72nd and 73rd minutes, respectively.
As the end of regulation time neared, a pass from Poku up Mkosana for the equalizer. Mkosana brought the ball down with his chest before putting it past Riverhounds goalkeeper Kyle Morton.
This was Mkosana’s second appearance since being acquired in a trade with Louisville on June 28. In his first appearance, he assisted on the the winning goal in added time in a 2-1 victory over Ottawa at Al Lang Stadium.