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Rowdies lose to Cosmos as late goal disallowed for offside

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Were the Tampa Bay Rowdies offside?

After a 2-1 loss to the New York Cosmos, that’s sure to be the subject of great debate for the Rowdies over the next few days.

In the 83rd minute of play, an equalizing goal by Danny Mwanga was waived off. He had received a nice cross from Joe Cole to apparently set up the goal, and replays seemed to indicate that the Rowdies were onsides on the play.

Mwanga had missed on a header in the 59th minute. He had another chance to score in the 93rd minute.

Tampa Bay had taken a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when Tommy Heinemann scored on a pass from Kalif Alhassan. But Heinemann pulled a hamstring and was forced to leave the game.

The Cosmos came back to tie at the 32-minute mark on a goal by Yasmani Duk. They broke the tie with a goal by Ruben Bover at the 40th minute.

The Rowdies, now tied for sixth in the league, travel to play Minnesota Saturday.

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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