Match Preview: #TBRvNY
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. New York Red Bulls II
Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. ET
Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Tickets for Saturday's match are available by calling (727) 222-2000 or clicking here. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m., 60 minutes before kickoff.
How to Watch
The match will be broadcast online on ESPN+ here. International viewers can watch online here.
Tampa Bay: 5-0-5 (W-L-T), 2nd place; 2-0-3 at home
New York: 6-1-2 (W-L-T), 1st place; 1-0-1 on road
The Tampa Bay Rowdies head into Saturday night's match coming off a 4-1 win over The Villages SC in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action on Tuesday night. That victory extended the Rowdies unbeaten streak to 11 matches in all competitions, a new Modern Era club record. Mohamed Kone, Zach Steinberger, Brandon Allen and Leon Taylor all scored in the win for the Rowdies.
In league play, the Rowdies have been off since a 1-0 road win over Nashville SC on May 8. Juan Tejada scored the lone goal in that match as Tampa Bay moved into a tie for first place with tonight's opponent. Tampa Bay is the last remaining unbeaten team in the USL Championship this year.
Rowdies goalkeeper John McCarthy made three saves to keep his sixth clean sheet in 10 matches to start the season. The Rowdies have the best defensive record in the USL Championship having conceded only four goals in league play this season.
Rowdies defender Pape Diakite was named to the USL Championship Team of the Week on Tuesday for the second time this year. He recorded four interceptions and seven clearances against Nashville, while also winning eight of nine duels. He and John McCarthy are the only two Rowdies to play every minute of league action this season.
McCarthy, Diakite, Leo Fernandes and Sebastian Guenzatti were excluded from the squad Tuesday night to keep them fresh for this match, while Juan Tejada, Andrew Tinari and Dominic Oduro were on the bench but did not enter the match.
Oduro is one yellow card away from earning an automatic one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.
David Najem (2016-17), Andrew Tinari (2017-18) and Brandon Allen (2016-17) all previously played for the Red Bulls II. Najem and Allen won USL Cup with their former team.
OUT: F Malik Johnson (separated shoulder)
OUT: F Jaime Siaj (quad strain)
DOUBTFUL: D Shawn Barry (ribs)
DOUBTFUL: M Yann Ekra (ankle)
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