Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance7024
  • Date06 Sep 14
  • VenueNational Sports Center Stadium
Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United FC 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies

C. Ramirez14'

70'G. Hristov

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies





NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC, who already secured its berth into The Championship, will look to extend its current nine-game unbeaten streak at home when they take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies at NSC Stadium in the NASL’s ‘Match of the Week’ on ESPN3.  United, who is also first in the Combined Standings, is coming off its first loss of the Fall Season after dropping a 2-1 road decision to FC Edmonton last Sunday.  Meanwhile, the Rowdies, who are currently tied for the last spot to The Championship, posted their third win in five matches after defeating host Ottawa Fury FC, 2-0 last Saturday. Tampa Bay leads the head-to-head series, however United is unbeaten in their last four encounters against the Rowdies. The last meeting between the two teams ended in a 3-3 draw at Al Lang Stadium to conclude the Spring Season on June 7.  Midfielders Daniel Mendes, Miguel Ibarra and defender Justin Davis scored for United, while the Rowdies answered with tallies from defenders Frankie Sanfilippo, Blake Wagner and forward Lucky Mkosana.


Last Five Games:  MNU – W W W T L              TBR – L W W L W                                                                                                                                                                 



MNU-Christian Ramirez (Player of the Month-August)

TBR-Tamika Mkandawire, Matt Pickens, Darel Russell (Team of the Week-8)


Stats leaders:

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (13); Assists – Christian Ramirez (5)

TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (5); Assists – Shane Hill, Georgi Hristov (3)



TBR-Darel Russell



NASL Head-to-Head: (15 meetings): Rowdies 6 wins, 5 ties, 4 losses—24 GF/23 GA (+1 GD)

At United: (6 meetings): Rowdies 3 wins, 2 ties, 2 losses—9 GF/9 GA (0 GD)

This Year: (1 meeting): Rowdies/United 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses— 3 GF/3 GA (0 GD)

Last Meeting: June 7, 2014 at Al Lang Stadium — Rowdies 3-3 United


Coaches quotes:

“I'm looking forward to coming back home and seeing how we respond from a tough result last week.  It's really incumbent upon us to embrace what we do well and make sure we continue to excel and get the result. Plus we are facing a hungry Tampa team that is looking to make the postseason.” – United coach Manny Lagos

“We're expecting a very tough game in Minnesota. They always have a great crowd when we visit them. Matches against Minnesota are traditionally exciting, high-scoring affairs. I'm delighted that this match is on ESPN3 because it's important for us, as a league, to put an attractive product on display. Both sides play soccer the way it is meant to be played, so it should be an exciting match." – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill


Referee: Marcos DeOliveira

Asst 1: Thomas McCulloh

Asst 2: Matt Tiano

4th: Kyle Burkhardt



Minnesota United FC 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1

Host Minnesota United FC and visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies played to a 1-1 draw in front of 7,024 spectators at NSC Stadium on Saturday evening.


Host Minnesota United FC and visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies played to a 1-1 draw in front of 7,024 spectators at NSC Stadium on Saturday evening.

The result extended United’s home unbeaten streak to 10 games, while the Rowdies have not lost in their last three road encounters.

"There was a lot of different ways we could've finished this game off and we didn't quite do it," said United coach, Manny Lagos. "It's been three frustrating games, and two where we played really good soccer and haven't gotten three points. I'm proud of how the guys played, the effort they put in, and just the fight overall."

The first half was a physical battle on both ends of the pitch. Players were throwing their weight around, not giving the official an easy night. The lone goal of the half came after United midfielder Daniel Mendes was tripped cutting across the the Rowdies penalty area. The referee gave Minnesota a penalty kick, allowing league-leading goal scorer Christian Ramirez to step up and net his 14th league goal of 2014, setting a franchise record for goals in a season, topping striker Pablo Campos' 13 goals in 2013. 

The second half was wide open, full of back-and-forth action. Both goalkeepers were put to the test, needing to come up big on several occasions to keep their side in the match. Rowdies forward Georgi Hristov got his team on the board in the 70th minute, and was the only player to find the back of the net in the second half. A through ball from midfielder Lucky Mkosana found Hristov running down the left side of the Minnesota penalty area. Hristov fired as he cut in toward goal, hitting the elbow of United goalkeeper Matt VanOekel. The ball deflected off the keeper's elbow and into the back of the net, leveling the score at 1-1.

"We are happy with a point," said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill. "Minnesota had a number of opportunities which they didn’t capitalize on. Credit to our guys for sticking into the game and earning their point."