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Rowdies suffer first road loss of season

They fall 2-0 to New York Red Bulls II in a matchup of the top teams in USL Championship’s Eastern Conference.
Rowdies fans cheer the team before a game at Al Lang Stadium in 2018. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2018)]
Published Jul. 27

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — The Rowdies lost their first road game of the season Friday night, falling 2-0 to New York Red Bulls II in a meeting of the top two teams in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference.

Tampa Bay (12-2-7, 43 points, 6-1-3 on the road), which also had its unbeaten streak ended at six games, stayed No. 1 in the East as New York moved within two points of the top spot.

New York got both its goals in the first half, both from Matias Jorgensen.

In the 17th minute, Rowdies center back Tarek Morad underhit a pass backward to goalkeeper Macklin Robinson, who unsuccessfully tried to win the ball from Jorgensen outside the box before Jorgensen put the ball in the net.

Robinson started in place of John McCarthy, who was scratched due to a minor injury, the Rowdies said. McCarthy was listed as day-to-day.

Jorgensen upped New York’s lead in the 34th minute.

New York played most of the second half with 10 men after defender Kyle Duncan was dismissed in the 62nd minute after receiving his second yellow card.

Juan Tejada was back with the Rowdies after time away to play for Panama’s under-23 team in 2020 Olympic qualifying. He entered the game in the 68th minute for Lucky Mkosana.

The Rowdies return to action Aug. 3 at Charleston before facing Birmingham Legion on Aug. 10 at Al Lang Stadium.


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