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Look Back, Look Ahead

The Week That Was:
The FC Tampa Bay Rowdies announced on Tuesday the completion of a trade with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.  The Rowdies acquired midfielders Jonny Steele and Ricardo Sanchez from the Whitecaps in return for future considerations.  Steele played in 12 USSF D-II games for the Whitecaps and was the USL-1 MVP in 2008 while with the Puerto Rico Islanders.  Sanchez is the former captain of the U-17 Mexican national team and played in 13 USSF D-II games for Vancouver.

On the field, Steele played a full 90 minutes for FC Tampa Bay (6-7-5) on Thursday night against the Rochester Rhinos.  A 91st minute goal by Isaac Kissi was the difference in that game, leaving the Rowdies without three points.

A Sunday afternoon matchup with Miami FC yielded better results for the Rowdies.  Julian Valentin and Aaron King scored in a 2-0 victory over the Blues.  King’s goal made him FC Tampa Bay’s leading scorer with five goals this season.  The victory also lifted the Rowdies back into a playoff position and gave the team a lead in the Coastal Cup rivalry series.

The Week To Come:
After playing two games in four days, the team will get a few days off as they prepare for a visit from the Portland Timbers (7-5-5) on Saturday night, Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center Title Night.  The Timbers defeated FC Tampa Bay 1-0 on June 27th and currently sit in third in the USL Conference with 26 points.

After serving a one-game suspension (accumulation of yellow cards) against Miami FC, midfielder Stanley Nyazamba becomes eligible once again for the game against Portland.

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Robert Montgomery
Finally Daglish got the right players in the game. I hope he realizes that is what the problem is and doesn't change things back.
July 27, 2010 - 03:44 pm

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NASL Conference PLD PTS
Carolina 29 44
Vancouver 29 44
Montreal 29 40
Miami 29 32
AC St Louis 29 29
Baltimore 29 24
USL Conference PLD PTS
Austin 28 53
Rochester 29 51
Portland 29 48
NSC Minnesota 30 40
Puerto Rico 29 36
FC Tampa Bay 29 29