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Rowdies Face NASL Leader Vancouver

The Basics:

FC Tampa Bay Rowdies (6-8-8, 6th in USL Conference, 8th in current playoff seedings) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (9-3-11, 1st in NASL Conference, 2nd in current playoff seedings)

Thursday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.

George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Florida

Thirsty Thursday is back with $1 beers from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This is the second meeting between the teams this season. Vancouver leads the season series, 1-0.

Broadcast Info:

The match will be carried live on www.fctampabay.com and on CBS 1010 Sports with Mike Pepper and Winston DuBose.

What’s at Stake:

Every game is crucial as the end of the season nears.  The playoff race is very tight with a month and a half remaining in the regular season.  The Rowdies are currently in the eighth and final playoff position but the standings are crowded.

Previous Meeting:

After a long trip to the west coast, FC Tampa Bay dropped a 1-0 decision at Swangard Stadium in Vancouver on June 6th.  Captain Martin Nash’s penalty kick just before halftime was the decider for the Whitecaps.

Individual Notes:

After missing nearly two months due to a stress reaction in his right shin, striker Aaron Wheeler returned to the field as a 65th minute substitute against Miami FC last Saturday.  Wheeler was the team’s leading scorer at the time of his injury.

After a two-goal performance against Miami last weekend, Aaron King has solidified himself as one of the top strikers in the league.  With eight  goals on the season, King is now third in the league in goals and tied for fifth in points with 16.  Only Portland’s Ryan Pore and Austin’s Eddie Johnson have scored more goals than King.

Former Whitecaps midfielders Jonny Steele and Ricardo Sanchez may get the chance to line up against their former teammates on Thursday.  In four games since joining the Rowdies, Sanchez has scored three goals and added an assist.  Steele also recorded an assist.

Vancouver goalkeeper Jay Nolly has been impressive so far this season.  Nolly has started all 23 games for the Whitecaps and has a goals against average of 0.652, the best in the league. And Vancouver has posted a league-best 12 shutouts as well.

Vancouver midfielder Martin Nash, who is in his 10th season with the Whitecaps, is currently tied for eighth in the league for points with 14 after scoring the game-winning goal last Saturday at Minnesota.

The Playoff Picture:

The Rowdies are currently in the eighth position in the USSF D-2 single table.  With eight games remaining in the regular season, the Rowdies will rely on their six remaining home games to move them up the table.  The three teams immediately above FC Tampa Bay all have 28 points, just two more than the Rowdies.  With a win, the Rowdies could move up as far as fifth if other results fall their way.

 

 
 
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Standings

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