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Rowdies Draw 1-1 With Vancouver

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FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Draw 1-1 With Vancouver Whitecaps

The goalposts were the Rowdies’ worst enemy on Thursday as FC Tampa Bay hosted the NASL Conference leading Vancouver Whitecaps at George M. Steinbrenner Field.  If not for the repeated denial by the goal frame, the Rowdies (6-8-9) likely would have earned all three available points, but will instead accept a 1-1 draw.

The Rowdies dominated the shots total 17 to six and hit the goal frame four times.

“Seems like a familiar story for us this season doesn’t it?  We’ve dominated teams but missed chances.  We hit crossbars and goal posts.  We can’t feel sorry for ourselves though.  We’ve got to make sure that we stay positive because we’re playing really, really well right now,” said Head Coach Paul Dalglish.  “It’s really frustrating that we don’t turn these games into wins, but we see the positives in playing so well.”

Tampa native Blake Wagner scored just seven minutes into the match to give Vancouver an early lead.  Wagner’s powerful shot came from distance and beat the Rowdies’ 19 year old goalkeeper Josh Lambo.  Lambo made only his third start of the season and his first at home.  

“The shot from Wagner was just a scorcher.  Sometimes it’s just a good shot.  It was moving and I saw it late and it was just a great shot,” said Lambo.

It took less than 20 minutes for the Rowdies to fight back and find their equalizer.  Aaron King continued his hot streak and cleaned up a Jonny Steele shot that had been deflected twice in the box for his ninth goal of the season in the 26th minute. 

Unfortunately King tweaked his hamstring in the process of scoring and had to be substituted off immediately after his goal. 

“Steele made eye contact before he served it in so I made that run to the near post.  One defender tried to clear it and then it went through the legs of a second defender and it bounced right to me.  It’s a forward’s gift I guess,” said King.  “Even when I was on the bench after I left I could tell that we were going to have chances to win this game.”

The Rowdies dominated the rest of the game after pulling even.  Steele hit the crossbar late in the first half.

FC Tampa Bay had great scoring chances early in the second half.  Pascal Millien blasted a shot off goalkeeper Jay Nolly’s crossbar in the 54th minute.  The ball eventually found its way to Rob Valentino, whose header across the face of goal went wide of the post. 

Just four minutes later Valentino had another chance when he got onto the end of a Ricardo Sanchez corner kick.  Valentino’s header again went just wide. 

In the 83rd minute Sanchez was involved in the attack again. Maykel Galindo brought the ball into the box and took a shot that was saved by Nolly.  The rebound made its way to Sanchez who lifted the ball over Nolly but into the goalpost.  

Vancouver nearly won the game in the 85th minute with a fast break by Takashi Hirano and Cornelius Stewart.  Hirano had the ball and sent a square pass to Stewart for a one-on-one situation with Lambo.  Stewart’s shot was headed for the corner of the goal but Lambo dove left in time to save the shot. 

“I think when I wake up tomorrow I’ll think this was a good point that we just earned, but right now it feels like two points lost because of the way we played.  We need to get on a little run of victories before the playoffs start,” said Dalglish.  “I’m telling you now that anybody who watches our tapes won’t fancy seeing us in the playoffs.”


FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Lineup: GK Josh Lambo, D Rob Valentino, D Graham Tatters, D Julian Valentin, D Yendry Diaz, M Jonny Steele, M Takuya Yamada, M Ricardo Sanchez, M Long Tan (72' - Aaron Wheeler), M Maykel Galindo and F Aaron King (29' - Pascal Millien).

Vancouver Whitecaps Lineup: GK Jay Nolly, D Luca Bellisomo, D Wes Knight, D Greg Janicki, D Takashi Hirano, M Blake Wagner, M Terry Dunfield, M Martin Nash, M Phillippee Davies (69' - Chris Williams), F Ridge Mobulu (46' - Cornelius Stewart (90'+ - Randy Edwin-Bonsu) and F Cody Arnoux (46' - Jonathan McDonald).


Game Summary:

Goals:

VAN - Blake Wagner - 7'

TAM - Aaron King - 26' (Assisted by Jonny Steele)

Shots:

TAM - 17

VAN - 7

Saves:

TAM - 2

VAN - 3

Fouls:

TAM - 11

VAN - 14

Corners:

TAM - 6

VAN - 2

Misconduct Summary:

VAN- Blake Wagner - 14' (yellow)

VAN - Terry Dunfield - 34' (yellow)

TAM - Ricardo Sanchez - 88' (yellow)

TAM - Jonny Steele - 90'+ (yellow)

 
 
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Standings

NASL Conference PLD PTS
Carolina 29 44
Vancouver 29 44
Montreal 29 40
Miami 29 32
AC St Louis 29 29
Baltimore 29 24
USL Conference PLD PTS
Austin 28 53
Rochester 29 51
Portland 29 48
NSC Minnesota 30 40
Puerto Rico 29 36
FC Tampa Bay 29 29