Rowdies stay undefeated and the defense leads the way
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have moved to an impressive 3-0-0 start in their first full season in the United Soccer League where they sit on top of the Eastern Division. A Georgi Hristov, goal in the 47th minute of the match held up as the Rowdies beat the Ottawa Fury FC 1-0 in front of a loud and boisterous crowd of 5,400 at Al Lang Stadium.
The Tampa Bay defense has been stunning thus far in the early 2017 season as they have not allowed a goal yet this season. Meanwhile, the explosive Rowdies offense has tallied six goals.
In an interview after the game with Nick Murray of the USL the Rowdies were happy about their outstanding start.
“It’s great,” said Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell. “We can build momentum from that, the confidence and the manner in which we won tonight. It was a tough game physically and they put us under a lot of pressure with a lot of long balls into our area. I thought we defended absolutely fantastic again.”
Getting off to a fast stop is very important for the Rowdies because after opening at home they hit the road for their next two games as they will play Louisville and Cincinnati.
The Rowdies will head into their showdown Saturday they head north with 9 points, for their first real showdown of the season against a Louisville City FC team that at 2-0-1 is only two points behind Tampa Bay with 7 points.
They will then have a quick turn-a-round for a Wednesday night April 19th game against FC Cincinnati, a team that like Tampa Bay hopes one day join the Major Soccer League. That game will take place at the 40,000 seat Nippert Stadium which for fans of the University of South Florida fans know as the home of the University of Cincinnati.
The stadium has gone through a renovation and now it is also the home of FC Cincinnati. The field was changed to field dimensions to fit MLS stanards 115-by-75 yards, an increase from last year’s 110-by-70-yard soccer playing surface.