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Rowdies Lose 3-0 To Montreal Impact

A 3-0 loss to the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo in Montreal on Sunday afternoon ended FC Tampa Bay’s hopes of reaching the playoffs in its inaugural season.  The Rowdies needed at least a draw to keep their hopes alive but could not get the result.

Tony Donatelli put the pressure on FC Tampa Bay (6-11-11) early with a penalty kick in the 10th minute of play.  Rowdies goalkeeper Josh Lambo was ruled to have brought down an Impact player inside the 18-yard box, forcing the referee to give a penalty kick. Donatelli’s kick went low to Lambo’s right hand side and beat the keeper, giving the home team an early 1-0 lead.

Things were further complicated defensively for the Rowdies in the 38th minute when central defender Yendry Diaz was forced off due to a leg injury.  The Cuban was clutching at his leg as he was stretchered off the field.  Julian Valentin replaced him.

Late into first half stoppage time, the Impact lead was doubled by forward Ali Gerba.  A Leonardo Di Lorenzo corner kick found Gerba on the edge of the six-yard box.  Gerba skillfully completed the bicycle kick to earn Montreal a two-goal halftime advantage.

The second half insertions of Mozzi Gyorio and Aaron King helped the Rowdies pile pressure on goalkeeper Matt Jordan and the Impact defense.  Jordan was forced to make five saves in the game.

Gerba completed the score line in the 82nd minute with his ninth goal of the season on a Richard Pelletier assist.

FC Tampa Bay will now return home for the final two games of the season.  The Rowdies take on the NSC Minnesota Stars on Friday, September 24th, as it celebrates State Farm Hispanic Heritage Night, at 7:30 p.m. The first 2,500 fans will receive State Farm hacky sacks.  The squad then close s out its 2010 inaugural season on October 1st against Crystal Palace Baltimore at 7:30 p.m. The October 1st match is Fan Appreciation Night, as well as Lotto Title Night. And the Rowdies will also retire the jersey of Perry Van Der Beck that night, and the first 1,500 kids 14 and under will receive a special pack of Rowdies Silly Bandz.



FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Starting Lineup: GK Josh Lambo, D Rob Valentino, D Yendry Diaz (38' - Julian Valentin), D Justin Morrow, D Pascal Millien, M Ricardo Sanchez, M Jonny Steele, M Jeremy Christie, M Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe (46' - Mozzi Gyorio), M Maykel Galindo (65' - Long Tan) and F Aaron Wheeler (49' - Aaron King).

Montreal Impact Starting Lineup: GK Matt Jordan, D Hicham Aaboubou, D Adam Braz (80' - Richard Pelletier), D Philippe Billy, D Rocco Placentino, M David Testo (88' - Patrick Leduc),v M Leonardo Di Lorenzo, M Tony Donatelli, M Antonio Ribeiro (61' - Anthony Le Gall) F Ali Gerba (83' - Rocco Placentino), F Eduardo Sebrango (72' - Marco Terminisi)

Game Summary


MON - Tony Donatelli - 10' (Penalty Kick)

MON - Ali Gerba - 45+ (Assisted by Leonardo Di Lorenzo)

MON - Ali Gerba - 82' (Assisted by Richard Pelletier)


TAM - Josh Lambo - 8' (Yellow)

TAM - Maykel Galindo - 28' (Yellow

MON - Ali Gerba - 33' (Yellow)

TAM - Jonny Steele - 84' (Yellow)

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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