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Rowdies Tie 1-1 With Islanders In Final Minutes

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FC Tampa Bay Rowdies tie 1-1 with the Puerto Rico Islanders in Final Minutes

Ricardo Sanchez was the hero for the Rowdies as his 92nd minute goal secured a crucial away point for FC Tampa Bay.  The Rowdies trailed for over an hour of the game but Sanchez’s stoppage time blast cancelled out the deficit and kept the team firmly in the playoff picture. 

“It was really, really important that we got that goal.  A point is just a point, but it’s important that we took two off them as well.  It’s quite important for us,” said Head Coach Paul Dalglish.

Josh Hansen scored a goal in the 31st minute to put the home team in front in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  The Islanders and Rowdies were in a three-way tie with the Montreal Impact for the seventh, eighth, and ninth spots in the USSF D-2 standings.  Time was slipping away for the Rowdies as extra time began in the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium.

Playing in just his third game for the Rowdies since he was acquired in a trade on July 20, Sanchez scored his third goal off a rebound that came from a shot by Aaron King.  A left-footed shot from just outside the box in the right channel beat Islanders goalkeeper Bill Gaudette and bounced off the underside of the crossbar.  Eventually the ball found the back of the net, giving FC Tampa Bay a crucial road point to celebrate.

“Sanchez is a top player.  We knew that when we acquired him.  If you give a player like Ricardo Sanchez the freedom to play, he shows his quality,” said Dalglish.  “If we let Ricardo have the chance to express himself on the field, you see the benefits we get.  You see the things he can do.”

Less than two minutes later, Kwame “JJ” Adjeman-Pamboe nearly turned one point into three with a streaking run down the right side.  The shot went just wide and the Rowdies would have to be happy with just the one point. 

“JJ had a great chance there at the end unfortunately it never went in. I knew that with his pace they wouldn’t catch it.  In training, that’s his favorite chance, running behind the backline and going for power to either side.  He struck it well but unfortunately it was just to the wrong side of the post,” said Dalglish.

Considering the Impact’s 0-0 with Crystal Palace Baltimore as well as this 1-1 result, the playoff picture remains mostly unchanged.  Now with 25 points each, the teams remain in the seventh, eighth and ninth spots in the standings.

The Rowdies will close out this three-game road trip against Coastal Cup rivals Miami FC in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday night.

FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Lineup: GK Daryl Sattler, D Rob Valentino, D Graham Tatters, D Joe Donoho (60' - Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe), D Julian Valentin, M Ricardo Sanchez (93' - Stanley Nyazamba), M Yendry Diaz, M Takuya Yamada, M Jonny Steele, F Aaron King and F Maykel Galindo (59' - Pascal Millien).

Puerto Rico Islanders Lineup: GK William Gaudette, D Richard Andrew Martinez, D David Horst, D Marco Velez, D Kevon Villaroei, M Christopher Ronald Nurse, M Noah Delgado, M Joshua Hansen (77' - Emory), F David Foley, F Jonathan Fana and F Nicholas Addlery.

Match Summary:

PUE - Josh Hansen - 31' (Assisted by Kevon Villaroei)

TAM - Ricardo Sanchez - 92'


TAM - 14

PUE - 17


TAM - 3

PUE - 3


TAM - 14

PUE - 11


TAM - 5

PUE - 7

Misconduct Summary:

PUE - Josh Hansen - yellow (17')

PUE - Chris Nurse - yellow (32')

TAM - Jonny Steele - yellow (32')

PUE - David Foley - yellow (90')

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