The Tampa Bay Rowdies enter halftime level at 1-1 with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. After the Rowdies scored first in the 14th minute, the Strikers equalized minutes before the half.
The home team opened up the scoring in the 14th minute with a goal by forward Lucky Mkosana, who scored his second goal of the season. After making a fantastic run behind the Strikers defense, he picked up a pass from forward Etienne Barbara and pushed it into the net past goalkeeper Richard Sanchez.
Both teams created several chances, with the Strikers looking for the equalizer but they would both fail at producing any danger.
The Strikers leveled the match in the 38th minute after a run by forward Yaikel Perez down the right flank led to a pass into the heart of the box. Midfielder Martin Nunez was on the other end to push it into the empty net.
“After the goal we haven’t done enough in terms of retaining possession and we’ve given the ball away,” said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill. “That gave them a counter attack and they were able to score.
“It is just business as usual (in the second half) and we need to win the next 45 minutes and keep a clean sheet which we haven’t been able to do in either half for a while.”
Strikers assistant coach Raoul Voss said: “We are pleased with the way we played but we gave up so many mistakes and they punished us with the first goal. We want to play more direct but then we have to be very careful at the back.”
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