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Rowdies Tie With Portland 2-2

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FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Tie 2-2 With Portland Timbers

Two “world-class” goals by Aaron King and Ricardo Sanchez gave the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies (6-8-5) a lead against the Portland Timbers, but Takayuki Suzuki scored an 81st minute goal to rescue a point for the Timbers (7-7-5).  Bright Dike had put Portland in front with a goal of his own in the 16th minute.

“I think some of our young boys did great tonight.  Mozzi (Gyorio), Drew Yates and Long Tan all did great.  Aaron King and Ricardo Sanchez were great as well.  Two top-level, world-class goals from them,” said Rowdies Head Coach Paul Dalglish.  “If we can get rid of the silly mistakes in time for the playoffs, then we’re a really good team.”

Both of Portland’s goals were results of those “silly mistakes.”  Both goals were unassisted after the Rowdies failed to clear the ball from their box.  Dike’s first half goal came from a corner kick that bounced between legs in the six-yard box and wasn’t cleared to safety.  The game-tying goal was the result of circumstances with defensive confusion allowing Suzuki to get onto the ball and find the back of the net.

“The goals are frustrating, but hopefully we’ll get rid of them with experience.  I thought we had a couple to get rid of it and get it out of our danger zone.  The first goal we had chances to get rid of, too,” said Dalglish.  “I thought we had plenty of time to get rid of it and when you don’t clear it you get punished at this level.  Any sloppiness gets punished especially in your own box.”

In the 26th minute, King collected a pass from Gyorio in the infield dirt and noticed Timbers goalkeeper Steve Cronin was off his line.  King turned and chipped the ball over Cronin’s head and into the side netting, just inside of the far post for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.  

“The ball took a pretty good bounce for me and I just looked up and saw (Cronin) off his line.  You have to always try to score when you’re a forward, so I just tried to go back post and it worked out for me,” said King.  “I felt like he was going to have to make a pretty good save to keep it out but it went in.”

Making his Rowdies debut nine days after arriving in the Tampa Bay area, Sanchez stole the show and gave the home team the lead with a goal in the 57th minute.  Sanchez, who is known around the league for his free kick prowess, took a free kick from distance and beat Cronin to the upper right corner of the goal.   

“I was fouled and my best strength in soccer is my free kick.  I have to take advantage of every free kick I get to take so I just put it in the net,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez becomes the third player to score in his FC Tampa Bay debut, joining King and Joe Donoho on that list.  King’s goal gave the Rowdies the 1-0 win in the season opener at Baltimore.  Donoho’s goal came in his first professional start against the RailHawks in North Carolina.

The Rowdies remain in a playoff spot after picking up six points from their five home games in July.  A meeting with the league-leading Austin Aztex awaits next weekend in Texas.  

FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Lineup: GK Daryl Sattler, D Julian Valentin, D Joe Donoho, D Rob Valentino, D Graham Tatters, M Mozzi Gyorio (79' - Stanley Nyazamba), M Yendry Diaz (78' - Takuya Yamada), M Drew Yates, M Long Tan, Ricardo Sanchez (74' - Pascal Millien) and F Aaron King (74' - Andre Akpan).

Portland Timbers Lineup: GK Steven Cronin, M Derek Gaudet (46' - Johan Clawesson), D Stephen Keel (46' - Tony McManus), M James Marcelin (71' - Takayuki Suzuki), D Ian Joy, M Alex Nimo (69' - Keith Savage), D Ross Smith, M Ryan Pore, D Steve Purdy, F Bright Dike (79' - Doug DeMartin), D Mamadou Danso

Scoring Summary

POR -  Bright Dike - 16'

TAM - Aaron King - 27' (Assisted by Mozzi Gyorio)

TAM - Ricardo Sanchez - 57'

POR - Takayuki Suzuki - 81'


TAM - 13

POR - 20


TAM - 4

POR - 6


TAM - 7

POR - 13


TAM - 2

POR - 10

Misconduct Summary

POR - Ian Joy - yellow (83')

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So,..Kingi's goal was not assisted by amigo Mozzorro.?!
July 31, 2010 - 11:41 pm
El Perro Loco!!!!

Sanchez is a beast!
August 02, 2010 - 10:23 am

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