The Tampa Bay Rowdies sit tied with FC Edmonton for the final spot in the NASL Championship entering this Saturday’s contest in Blaine, Minnesota against high-flying and MLS-bound Minnesota United FC. The in-state rival Fort Lauderdale Strikers sit just three points behind the Rowdies and the Eddies with a game in hand. The Rowdies will be without Darwin Espinal who has joined the Honduras U-23 team for CONCACAF’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
In Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Indy Eleven in St Petersburg, the Rowdies counted on an excellent performances from Freddy Adu and Long Tan original (this version) of Rowdies who rejoined the team on loan last week from Arizona of the third division USL. Freddy Adu’s return to health and finding of form on the attacking end of the pitch is a welcome addition to a Rowdies side that has been out of sorts since the second week of July. Unfortunately, the Rowdies have not been able to find consistency in the final third over the course of the last two and a half months despite have a plethora of attacking options.
Tomorrow’s game in Minnesota will be very difficult for the Rowdies. The Loons have played well of late and Christian Ramirez has again found his goal scoring form. After tomorrow night, the Rowdies have four matches remaining in the NASL Regular Season.
We will have full post-game coverage on the TKR pod Saturday night at 11pm.