The Tampa Bay Rowdies (4-5-0) will play host to Riverhounds SC (4-0-4) this weekend at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Al Lang Stadium. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs this season, as the Hounds hold a 2-1-0 advantage all-time against their Florida counterparts.
With a 4-5-0 record, the Tampa Bay Rowdies currently sit in 7th place in the Eastern Conference and most recently saw their Open Cup campaign come to an abrupt end with a 1-0 loss to the NPSL’s Jacksonville Armada FC. Tampa Bay has struggled tremendously in general, dropping its last three league matches by a combined score of 5-0. The losses have all been on the road, where the Rowdies are 1-5. Despite the struggles on the road, Tampa Bay’s excellence at home must be noted, where it remains undefeated this season (3-0).
Midfielders Leo Fernandes and Marcel Schäfer have helped lead the attack for the Rowdies. Fernandes has scored three goals as well as having one assist for Tampa. Schäfer, meanwhile, leads the Eastern Conference with 29 chances created and 98 crosses.
Home-field advantage: Since joining the USL last season, Tampa Bay has been near unbeatable at home, winning 13 regular season games at Al Lang (13-5-1). This year has been no different, as the Rowdies are an aforementioned 3-0 at home with zero goals allowed.
Passing: The Rowdies have done well in distribution, ranking fourth in the conference in passes overall with an accuracy of 78 percent.
Shots on target: Even though the Rowdies have produced 114 shots – tied for 12th in the league - they have had a hard time keeping those shots on frame with only 38 being on target. This has led to only 12 goals this season with a conversion rate of 14 percent, placing them in the middle-of-the-pack of the Eastern Conference (8th).
Duels won: One possible factor for the clubs last four losses has been from its lack of winning duels for possession. During its three-game losing streak in league play, Tampa has averaged less than 50 percent duels won.