The Tampa Bay Rowdies brought their record to 1-1-1 Saturday night, with a chippy 2-0 away-game loss to the New York Cosmos.
Marcos Senna scored first on an 11th minute penalty kick. The goal came as the result of a handball by Rowdies’ right back Darnell King. The penalty occurred while King was clearing a lofty cross from the right wing.
The PK saw Senna stutter-step before shooting right. Rowdies’ keeper Kamil Contofalsky guessed left. It was Senna’s first goal of the season.
New York’s Leo Fernandes then scored in the 48th minute, just after half, on a cross by Walter Restrepo.
The goal was a result a lost 50/50 ball by the Rowdies. Senna beat out Rowdies’ left back Ben Sweat, and then dished the ball to Restrepo, who found Fernandes after an over-pursuit by the Rowdies defense.
The Rowdies had some solid shots on goal themselves however.
In the 59th minute, a Darnell King cross led to a Georgi Hristov shot, which ended up over the top of the crossbar.
Later, in the 71st minute, Rowdies’ substitute Darwin Espinal beat his defender and dished to Hristov, whose shot this time was just wide.
Martin Nunez then fired a frozen-rope into the awaiting gut of Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer in the 81st minute. Maurer didn’t see too much action throughout the night, as the ball was kept mainly in Rowdy territory during the match.
The Rowdies dropped to fifth place in the NASL standings following the loss.
The Rowdies’ Coach, Stefan Antonijevic, tweeted after the game: “We can only learn from this loss [and] look forward to the next game.”
Over 12,000 fans were in attendance at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium in Long Island to watch the match. It was the Cosmos’ home opener and longtime Real Madrid striker Raúl‘s Cosmos debut. The match saw a total of eight yellow cards.
The Rowdies will be back at Al Lang Stadium in St. Pete next week to host the Jacksonville Armada FC, in the Rowdies’ first Coastal Cup match of the season. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
New York: Marcos Senna – 11th minute (Penalty Kick)
New York: Leo Fernandes – 48th minute (Assisted by Walter Restrepo)
Photo via Jordan Gafa.