Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4392
  • Date21 Sep 14
  • VenueClarke Field
FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies 0
Tampa Bay Rowdies

L. Laing64'

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies





The Tampa Bay Rowdies travel north of the border to take on FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium in the second NASL’s ‘Match of the Week’ on ESPN3.  The Rowdies, who are just a point from the last qualifying spot to The Championship, are coming off a 2-0 home loss last week to Ottawa Fury FC.  Meanwhile, Edmonton, who is four points back from the final berth, drew 1-1 against host Indy Eleven last weekend.  Tampa Bay leads the series against Edmonton however, the Canadian club is unbeaten against the Florida side in their last five encounters.  The previous meeting was held on April 12th as the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Al Lang Stadium.  An own goal from the Eddies’ Kareem Moses gave the Rowdies the lead, but forward Tomi Ameobi scored the equalizer for the visitors with two minutes remaining.


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



FCE-Neil Hlavaty (Team of the Week-10)



Stats leaders:

FCE-Goals – Daryl Fordyce (6); Assists – Lance Laing (5)

TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (6); Assists – Shane Hill, Georgi Hristov (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings):  Rowdies 6 wins, 5 ties, 2 losses—16 GF/13 GA (+3 GD)

At Edmonton: (6 meetings): Rowdies 3 wins, 1 tie, 2 losses – 7 GF/7 GA (0)

This Year: (1 meeting): Eddies/Rowdies 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses – 1 GF/1 GA (0 GD)

Last Meeting: April 12, 2014 at Al Lang Stadium — Rowdies 1-1 Eddies


Coaches quotes:

“It’s always an exciting time when Tampa Bay come to town. We’ve always had very good, tight matches against the Rowdies and I expect the same for this week. The Rowdies play great attacking football, so they are always entertaining to watch. We’ll have to be at our best and put on a good show for our full house on Sunday.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

“Our purpose is to go and get all three points. We've got to get back to winning ways. It's great news for us and for Edmonton that this game is on ESPN3 because it's another chance to show the USA that we try to play an attractive style of football. We want it to be a winning style of football as well, and Edmonton does as well. It'll be an exciting game." – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill


Referee: David Barrie

Asst 1: Peter Manastyrsky

Asst 2: Micheal Barwegen

4th: Rubinco Smilev


FC Edmonton 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0

FC Edmonton midfielder Lance Laing struck midway through the second half to help his team clinch three important points in a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.


Lance Laing’s 64th-minute goal lifted FC Edmonton over the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Laing played a quick give-and-go with Neil Hlavaty just across the midfield line, with Laing taking a few dribbles before shooting past Tampa Bay goalkeeper Matt Pickens from about 15 yards out on the left side of the box.

The Rowdies’ Keith Savage had the first great scoring chance of the match in just the fourth minute, volleying a ball toward John Smits in Edmonton’s net, but his shot went just over the crossbar before dipping down.

The match started to settle down a bit after that, with the Rowdies starting to establish a bit more possession as the half progressed.

Edmonton’s first chance came in the 20th minute with Horace James eyed up a shot from a sharp angle on the right side, but his effort went untouched all the way out for a Rowdies throw-in.

Blake Wagner had a brilliant scoring chance in the 26th minute when Eddies right back Beto Navarro misplayed a ball and allowed Wagner to race in on goal unopposed. His attempted chip over Smits wasn’t high enough and was pushed out for a corner kick.

Edmonton ended the first half well, with Tomi Ameobi finding space for a shot in the right channel, which was saved well by Matt Pickens. The rebound went directly to Lance Laing on the opposite side, but his effort went wide of net.

The Rowdies controlled much of the second half, including a 59th minute shot by Shane Hill that was saved by Eddies goalkeeper John Smits. Smits had four saves on the afternoon.

Laing’s goal in the 64th minute put a little urgency into the Rowdies’ effort with forwards Brian Shriver and Luciano Olguin entering the match in the 66th minute. It was Olguin’s first appearance in an NASL match for the Rowdies.

The two fresh players nearly combined for a goal in the 69th minute, with Shriver taking a free kick from the right that nearly found Olguin at the back post for a tap-in. It was headed clear at the last moment by an Edmonton defender.

Rowdies coach Ricky Hill made his final substitution in the 74th minute, inserting Lucky Mkosana for Blake Wagner as the Rowdies chased a goal.

Olguin nearly scored the equalizer just before stoppage time, but Smits was in the right spot at the right time to make the save and preserve the Eddies lead.

An extra time free kick by the Rowdies was sent into the wall shortly before the referee blew the final whistle.

"Overall, it was a very hard-fought win, and I thought the team showed a lot of character," said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. "I thought our back four was terrific, and it's a performance that puts us in the mix. At this point in the season, you just want to win, even if it's ugly."