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Match Recap: Toronto FC II at Tampa Bay Rowdies
April 1, 2017
10:12PM EDT
Adam Krueger

St. Petersburg – Toronto FC II fell to 1-1-0 on the season after a tough loss at the hands 
of the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday evening.

Tampa Bay got off to a torrid start. The veteran squad controlled much of the early play 
hovering around 70% possession.

After a couple minutes of relentless pressure, the Rowdies found their breakthrough off 
a corner. Defender Damion Lowe got his head to a ball and sent it past an outstretched 
Mark Pais.

Reds defender Lars Eckenrode would leave the match just 20 minutes in after an awkward 
collision in the box left the defender favouring his left leg.

With the Reds temporarily down to 10 men, veteran forward Georgi Hristov got behind the 
Reds’ backline and buried his second of the season.

Just two minutes later, Joe Cole sent a blast past Pais to make it 3-0 inside 22 minutes. 
That scoreline would remain into halftime.

Early in the second half Pais came up huge with a couple of big stops to keep the Rowdies 
from adding to the lead.

However, off a couple of bounces, substitute Deshorn Brown would tap home his first 
USL goal to make it 4-0.

The best chance of the night for the Reds came when Tsubasa Endoh found the ball at his 
feet just to the left of the Rowdies net. However, Endoh sent his shot rolling across 
the goal-line before nicking off the far post and out.

Toronto FC II is back in action on Tuesday when they head down the I-4 to battle it out 
with Orlando City B. Kick-off is set for 7:30. 

Scoring Summary
TB – Lowe 12’ (Nanchoff)
TB – Hristov 20’ (Nanchoff)
TB – Cole 22’ (Schäfer)
TB – Brown 70’ (Hristov, Schäfer)

Misconduct Summary
TB – Lowe 76’ (caution)
TFC II – Liam Fraser 79’ (caution)

Toronto FC II (W-D-L):     1-0-1   3 pts.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (W-D-L): 2-0-0   6 pts. 

Team Stats:

Toronto FC II              Tampa Bay Rowdies
Shots – 7                  Shots – 16
Shots on Target – 1        Shots on Target – 9
Blocked Shots – 3          Blocked Shots – 2
Possession – 39.3 %        Possession – 60.7 %

Toronto FC II – 
Mark Pais; 
Jason Hernandez (Oyvind Alseth 45’), Brandon Aubrey, Lars Eckenrode (Brandon Onkony 21’); 
Tsubasa Endoh, Brian James ©, Liam Fraser, Luca Uccello, Anthony Osorio; 
Ben Spencer, Ryan Telfer (Sergio Camargo 71’) 

Substitutes Not Used: Angelo Cavalluzzo (gk), Jordan McCrary, Ricardo John, Malik Johnson 

Tampa Bay Rowdies – 
Akira Fitzgerald; 
Darnell King, Luke Boden, Damion Lowe, Neill Collins; 
Martin Vingaard, Michael Nanchoff (Darwin Jones 71’), Marcel Schäfer, Joe Cole © (Deshorn Brown 66’),/
/Leo Fernandes (Alex Morrell 81’); 
Georgi Hristov

Substitutes Not Used: Matias Reynares (gk), Kyle Porter, Justin Chavez, Keith Savage

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