Rowdies stay unbeaten with win over Nashville

The 1-0 victory pulls Tampa Bay into a first-place tie in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference.
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Tampa Bay Rowdies fans cheer on their team before the start of the first half at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times Tampa Bay Rowdies fans cheer on their team before the start of the first half at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
Published May 8

NASHVILLE -- The Rowdies moved into a tie for first place in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference and tied a club record with a 1-0 road victory over Nashville SC on Wednesday night.

Juan Tejada scored for the Rowdies (5-0-5, 20 points) in the 34th minute and the stingiest defense in the league — Tampa Bay has given up only four goals this year — held strong to move the team into a first-place tie in points with New York Red Bulls II.

By extending its unbeaten streak to 10 games, the Rowdies tied a modern-era club record set in 2013.

In the 34th minute, Tejada scored his second goal of the season off a free kick. Leo Fernandes lobbed the ball to the back post for a waiting Sebastian Guenzatti to head back across the face of goal. Tejada was waiting and fired it over the heads of a pair of Nashville defenders into the back of the net. It was Guenzatti’s first assist of the season.

Rowdies goalkeeper John McCarthy didn’t have too much to do. He made three saves to post his sixth shutout in 10 matches.


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