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AC St. Louis Drop 3-0 Decision to Tampa Bay

May 22, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - St. Louis Athletica News Release

ST. LOUIS, MO - AC St. Louis, playing in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, lost 3-0 on Saturday night to the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in front of 3,402. AC St. Louis' season record falls to 1-6-1. AC St. Louis midfielder Steve Ralston made his debut for his hometown club entering the game as a substitute in the 57th minute.

AC St. Louis engaged in a well paced first half that saw both teams take nearly an equal amount of overall chances, but AC St. Louis clearly had the better opportunities early on. St. Louis nearly took the lead courtesy of a terrific through ball from the Brazilian Gauchinho. The St. Louis midfielder picked off a ball in center of the park and quickly played Mike Ambersley into the penalty area. Ambersley shot the ball with his first touch, firing just wide of the right post. The miss may have turned the momentum over to the Rowdies.

Minutes later Rowdies midfielder Long Tan found room on the right wing and crossed a solid ball into the path of Pascal Millien who found the back of the net with the first touch of his left foot to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. AC St. Louis problems were just beginning. In the 42nd minute St. Louis defender Tim Velten struggled to shield off Rowdies forward Aaron Wheeler on a ball played forward from Tampa Bay's midfield. Wheeler was able to get a step on Velten, and the St. Louis defender was judged to have taken Wheeler down just before the penalty area. Referee Miguel Panduro Jr. awarded a free kick and displayed a red card for Velten, reducing St. Louis to 10 men.

AC St. Louis held on for nearly 20 minutes into the second half before conceding their second goal. Kwame Adjeman Adjeman-Pamboe raced onto the end of a long ball from Takuya Yamada. Adjeman-Pamboe slotted home his chance comfortably. AC St. Louis were reduced to nine men just before the end of regulation when Jack Traynor committed his second bookable offense, this one inside the penalty area, on Long Tan. Tan would convert the resulting penalty himself to kill off the match at 3-0.

AC St. Louis returns home for a June 26 match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Tickets are still available and can be obtained by calling 1-888-STL-GOAL, or by visiting

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