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Tampa Bay Rowdies’ comeback falls short in loss to Indy 11

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A strong comeback by the Tampa Bay Rowdies fell just short Wednesday night, leaving the team playing chase for a playoff spot.

The Rowdies fell to the Indy 11, 3-2. They fell behind 2-0, then got back into the match on Joe Cole’s two goals.

“It’s absolutely devastating (to have lost this match,)” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “We had them penned in for longer than 30 minutes in that second half and I really thought we were going to go and get the third goal.”

Indy broke on top in the 16th minute on a goal by Duke LaCrois, and Jair Reinoso scored in the 31st minute. Nicki Paterson scored in the 85th minute for the winner.

Cole had a pair of goals negated to offside calls. He would later score two that counted.

“With what was at stake, we didn’t show enough aggression or enough tempo in our play until we were 2-nil down, which is mind-blowing, really,” Campbell said. “That start we had to the first half cost us the game tonight. … We knew what was at stake and we went out there as if we were the team that was set in the playoffs. It’s very, very frustrating.”

The Rowdies trail Minnesota United and Rayo OKC by four in the NASL standings.

Tampa Bay plays its home finale Saturday against the Ottawa Fury FC.

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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