May 19, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Toronto FC II vs Tampa Bay Rowdies game review (from

Rowdies Rally, Take Lead in East
By CHARLIE CORR -, 05/19/17, 7:00PM EDT 

Three second-half goals push Tampa Bay past TFC II

VAUGHAN, Ontario – The Tampa Bay Rowdies looked to be in some trouble midway through 
the second half, but the experienced side stepped up when it needed to most. The Rowdies 
overcame an early deficit with three straight second-half goals to earn a 3-1 win against 
Toronto FC II at the Ontario Soccer Centre to move into first place in the Eastern 
Conference standings. They move a point ahead of the Charleston Battery, who travel 
to face the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday. Joe Cole provided a 68th-minute 
equalizer, Martin Paterson scored just seconds after he came off the bench in the 
80th minute and Darwin Jones put the match away in the 82nd minute. TFC II’s Luca Uccello 
ended his team’s lengthy scoreless streak. The Rowdies improve to 6-2-2 (20 points) 
overall and earn their first road win, moving to 1-1-2 away from Al Lang Stadium. TFC II 
falls to 1-5-3 (6 points) overall and 0-2-1 at home.

 10’ – TOR – Luca Uccello (Sergio Camargo)
 68’ – TBR – Joe Cole
 80’ – TBR – Martin Paterson
 82’ – TBR – Darwin Jones (Joe Cole)

•#TORvTBR: Full match and Opta box score

Three Things That Mattered:

•1. The Rowdies needed a push of some sort, and Joe Cole and company eventually came through. 
Cole tallied his third goal of the season and his second against TFC II to get things going. 
He netted once during the Rowdies’ 4-0 win against Toronto on April 1 at Al Lang Stadium. 
This second go-around, Darwin Jones had enough room to build the play up down the right 
side and crossed in toward Luke Boden. Boden redirected from the right of the six-yard 
area and Cole positioned himself well from close range to put into the back of the net 
for the 68th-minute equalizer.

•2. The turning point of the match came in the 80th minute when Rowdies Head Coach 
Stuart Campbell brought in Martin Paterson for Deshorn Brown. Though Brown had nothing 
to show for his efforts on the score sheet, he had been one of the most effective 
first-half players for the Rowdies. The switch, though, paid off in a matter of less 
than a minute. On a free kick opportunity, the ball was delivered into the right of the 
box and headed into the center where Paterson positioned himself perfectly for the finish 
and his second tally of the campaign. Ultimately, that goal would serve as the winner 
and put Tampa Bay into the East lead ahead of the Charleston Battery.

•3. If not for some strong defensive efforts to gain a point here and there, perhaps more 
would have been made of Toronto’s lack of scoring over the first two months. TFC II ended 
a 520-minute scoring drought on Friday with Luca Uccello finding the back of the net 
in the 10th minute for a 1-0 lead against the Rowdies. In the opening minutes Uccello 
actually timed his run well behind the Tampa Bay defense on a couple of occasions. 
It worked to perfection in the 10th as Sergio Camargo provided the lead pass, spotting 
a wide-open Uccello who took a good first touch and then picked his moment with 
a right-footed shot past Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens with a low right-footed shot 
inside the left post for a 1-0 advantage. Looking at the match overall, Hundal could 
have added to his performance, particularly in the 86th minute when his close-range 
shot went over the frame. Man of the Match:
Joe Cole, Tampa Bay Rowdies – Cole’s equalizer and assist on the final tally 
by Darwin Jones provided a massive turnaround as the Rowdies earned their first 
road victory.

Upcoming Games:
Toronto FC II vs. Richmond Kickers – May 24, 12 p.m. ET, Ontario Soccer Centre
Tampa Bay Rowdies at Rochester Rhinos – May 24, 7:05 p.m. ET, Capelli Sport Stadium

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