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Rowdies’ offense shut out once again in 1-0 defeat by Minnesota

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The pieces of an offense are there for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Every now and then, however, that offense evaporates for the team. The Rowdies’ last four defeats have been by shutout.

The sputtering offense disappeared again Saturday night in a 1-0 loss to Minnesota.

Ben Sweat was sent off, leaving Tampa Bay with 10 men. Minnesota forward Christian Ramirez scored the lone goal of the match in the 44th minute after a defensive miscue by the Rowdies.

Midfielder Kevin Venegas whipped in a cross from the right side and caused a defensive miscommunication between Mkandawire and Pickens. The ball bounced past both Rowdies players and landed at the feet of Ramirez, who calmly tapped the ball in for his 11th goal of the season.

With just four matches left in the NASL Regular Season, the Rowdies now sit tied on points for fourth place with FC Edmonton and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The Eddies play Ottawa Fury FC on Sunday.

Up next, the Rowdies return home to face Ottawa on Saturday, October 10, at Al Lang Stadium.

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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