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Rowdies are scoreless in disappointing draw with Atlanta

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The continuing headache of the Tampa Bay Rowdies‘ offense continued to haunt the team Saturday night in Atlanta.

The Rowdies, once again, failed to score in a 0-0 draw with the Atlanta Silverbacks. Tampa Bay, trying desperately to get into the league’s top four in the combined standings, could have used the points that a victory would have brought.

Instead, Tampa Bay got a point, but only one, in the draw. Going scoreless was hardly a new thing for the Rowdies, who are next-to-the-last in scoring in the Fall Season.

“It’s a good away performance, but at the wrong time in our season,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “We needed three points on the night, but if we performed like that in some of our previous road games this season, we wouldn’t be in the position of needing three points tonight.”

The Rowdies are now fifth in the NASL combined standings, trailing Fort Lauderdale by two.

“We were desperate to win the game, but so was Atlanta,” Campbell said. “As the game went on, they pressed harder and sent more men forward. As a team, our defensive unit was great. But on the other hand, we just didn’t have that necessary final bit of quality to finish anything. It’s frustrating, but we move on and we’ve got a home match on Saturday where we’ll look to keep our decent home form going.”

The Rowdies next host the Carolina Railhawks in their final home match.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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