The Tampa Bay Rowdies entered half time at the newly opened and packed Toyota Field with a 1-0 lead after an Amani Walker headed goal from a corner in the 12th minute. The Rowdies controlled the early part of the match, and looked dangerous after the goal.
The Scorpions began to grab a foothold, with forward Lyle Martin getting involved on multiple attacks and looking to get forward. Martin, who is listed as a defender, is playing up top in a shakeup by Scorpions coach Tim Hankinson and registered his first shot on goal midway through the first half.
Hans Denissen had the best chance of the half for the Scorpions after he picked up a pass from Walter Ramirez and fired a shot towards goal that was saved well by Rowdies goalkeeper Andrew Fontein.
Scorpions’ midfielder Edin Husic twice almost brought the Scorpions level, firgin a close range shot into the side netting before having his shot from outside the box be deflected just over the crossbar.
Raphael Cox of the Rowdies had a chance right before the halftime whistle to put the Rowdies 2-0 up, but Scorpion keeper Pat Hannigan saved comfortably.
“We’re looking for the through ball and it looks like our best attacks are when we are a patient,” said Scorpions coach Tim Hankinson. “In the second half we are going to try to settle and bring the ball forward. Once we get close to goal we’ll be able to execute.”
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