Rantings and Ramblings

Tampa Bay Rowdies

32 Games played
16 Won
10 Drawn
8 Lost
50.0% Games won
5 Position

The Rowdies lose to the Louisville City FC in the USL Eastern Conference Quarter Finals. As they say, there is always next year.

Saturday, October 26, 7 p.m. ET Eastern Conference Quarterfinal No. 4 Louisville City FC vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay Rowdies

The Tampa Bay Rowdies head to Louisville to open their 2019 USL Championship Playoffs run at the home of the two-time defending champions. This is the fourth time in 10 seasons of Modern Era play that the Rowdies have qualified for the playoffs and the second time in three seasons since joining the USL Championship. The Rowdies entered the 2017 USL Championship Playoffs as the No. 3 seed and were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 2-1 loss to New York Red Bulls II after extra time.

The Rowdies are the No. 5 seed this year after falling into an inconsistent run of form for most of the second half of the season. At the halfway point of the year, Tampa Bay had a record of 10-1-6 (W-L-T) and sat in first place with 36 points from 17 matches. The Rowdies earned 22 points from their final 17 matches to slip to fifth place at the end of the regular season. Fifth place is tied for the lowest the Rowdies have been since sitting in 7th place after a win on the opening weekend of the season.

Despite the second half slump, it was a record-setting regular season for the Rowdies. Tampa Bay's 16 wins this season are a Modern Era club record for wins in a season, as are the Rowdies eight road wins this year. The 2019 Rowdies earned 58 points, surpassing the 53 points won by the 2017 Rowdies for the most in a Modern Era season. This is the first year the Rowdies have posted a goals-against-average lower than 1.0 at 0.97.

Sebastian Guenzatti leads the Rowdies in scoring this season with 18 goals, good for third-best in the USL Championship and a new Modern Era Rowdies regular season record. Juan Tejada and Lucky Mkosana both have 10 goals this year, including four Mkosana scored for Louisville City before being traded to the Rowdies in June.

Caleb Richards, on loan from Norwich City FC, was the only player to appear in all 34 matches for the Rowdies, amassing 3,058 minutes of action in league play. He missed just two minutes of play all season.

Tampa Bay will be without forward Malik Johnson this week after he was cautioned twice and sent off in last weekend's regular season finale against the Hartford Athletic.

(August 24, 2019) The Tampa Bay Rowdies got back to winning ways Saturday night with a dominant 5-0 win over Memphis 901 FC. 14-4-7, 49 points

Next Match Saturday, August 31 versus Nashville FC

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