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Opposition Report: Tampa Bay – 3/16

By Anthony Picardi, 03/12/19, 9:30AM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies (1-0-0) started their season on the right foot, shutting out Memphis 901 FC, 1-0, in a road match. Now the Rowdies will open their home schedule against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (0-0-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Al Lang Stadium.

The Season So Far

Tampa Bay started its season in the win column, earning three points against USL Championship newcomer Memphis. The Rowdies played lockdown defense en route to a clean sheet. Missing the playoffs one year ago, the club has begun the 2019 campaign on the right track.

Player to Watch

Sebastián Guenzatti scored the Rowdies’ lone goal and led the squad with three shots last time out. Two of these three shots were on target, and the striker also won five of his eight aerial duels.

Strength

Duels: The squad won 54 percent of its duels and 67 percent of its aerial duels in its season opener.

Weakness

Shot Volume: Albeit only a one-game sample size, the Rowdies posted just seven shots in their season opener. In addition, their one goal came via a penalty kick.