The Tampa Bay Rowdies trail Minnesota 3-2 in the first half at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rowdies had erased an early Minnesota lead, but United FC was able to score two quick goals to make it 3-1 by the 26th minute. Forward Georgi Hristov, who had scored the initial Rowdies goal, cut the lead back to one in the 30th minute.
United FC picked up the match's first goal in the 10th minute after a header by defender Cristiano Dias lobbed over Rowdies goalkeeper Diego Restrepo. A goal in the 14th minute by forward Georgi Hristov leveled the match, as the Bulgarian scored his fifth goal this season to tie things up at one. Midfielder Keith Savage placed a perfect through ball into the box, finding Hristov on the right flank to drill the ball into the top part of the net.
It wouldn't be long until Minnesota regained the lead with two goals coming in the 23rd and 26th minute. Midfielder Geison Moura got on the end of forward Pablo Campos' back heel pass to put Minnesota up 2-1. It was Campos once again who set up the third goal for Minnesota. His feed found midfielder Simone Bracalello on the left flank, with the Italian putting it through Restrepo's legs for the goal.
The two-goal lead would once again cut in half in the 29th minute, as Hristov would score his second goal of the match. Midfielder Luke Mulholland volleyed a cross from the left flank, but Minnesota's goalkeeper Matt VanOekel denied his attempt on goal. It was Hristov who was on the end of the rebound to head the rebound into the net from inside the 6-yard box. The Bulgarian has now scored four goals in his last two matches.
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