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Rowdies come away with a tie against a strong Indy team

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At home, the Indy 11 are one of the finest teams in the NASL.

Which is why it didn’t stink that the  came home with a point Saturday night.

Indy had been unbeaten, 9-0-1, on its home turf before Saturday night. The Tampa Bay Rowdies  tied Indy, 1-1, to come away with a point.

“It was a good away performance,” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “We spoke before the match about the importance of getting a result tonight. We would’ve loved to have won, but that was a well-earned point.”

The Rowdies scored first when Justin Chavez scored his first goal in the 28th minute. Six minutes later, Omar Gordon scored for Indy to tie the game.

“I thought in the first half we performed really well, apart from disappointment in the goal we gave away,” Campbell said. “That goal could’ve been prevented, but the guys bounced back well. We shaded the first half with a better performance and they probably had the better of the second half.”

Indy closed well, coming close to a winning goal several times.

“In the second half, they put us under a bit of pressure, but the guys withstood it,” Campbell said. “(The Rowdies) showed great attitude, great effort and great commitment and I think we deserved the point we got. This is one of the most difficult places to come because they know how to play on their turf and they’ve got a great home record. It’s a good away point and we can build on it.”

Tampa Bay is on the road again next week, visiting Puerto Rico FC on Saturday, September 10 before returning home to host the Carolina RailHawks on September 17 in its next home game.

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

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