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Rowdies lose again in road match against Minnesota, 2-0

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Goals continue to be a challenge on the road for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The Rowdies fell 2-0 to Minnesota Wednesday night. The Rowdies dropped to a tie for 10th in the NASL standings, ahead of only Puerto Rico.

Tampa Bay surrendered a goal in each half in its latest defeat. It lowered the team’s record to 6-7-6 on the season. Ben Speas of Minnesota scored after a defensive mistake by Walter Ramirez in the 18th minute, and Christian Ramirez scored in the 62nd minute after a miscue by Stefan Antonijevic.

The Rowdies had several chances to score, but struggled to finish. PC, Georgi Hristov, Keith Savage and Joe Cole all threatened.

“It was a good overall performance by us, but it was individual mistakes that cost us the match,” said Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell. “After their first goal, we created multiple scoring opportunities to equalize, but it was our errors that ultimately sentenced the match. We can’t keep performing well on the road and come away with zero points.”

The Rowdies are home against FC Edmonton Saturday night. The match starts at 7:30 p.m.

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