Rowdies drop first game of the season 2-1 to Louisville

The Rowdies fell 2-1 to Louisville Saturday night, it was their first taste of defeat after three straight wins at home at Al Lang Stadium. They also tumbled out of first place as Louisville City FC took over first place in the tough United Soccer League Eastern Division.

Louisville now holds down the top spot with a 3-0-1, record while the Rowdies are 3-1-0 just a single point out of first place. It was also the first time in three games Tampa Bay gave up any goals, let alone two in a single game.

*Scoring Summary*Louisville: George Davis IV – 22nd minute (assisted by Luke Spencer) Louisville: Cameron Lancaster – 87th minute (assisted by Paolo DelPiccolo) Tampa Bay: Martin Paterson – 89th minute (assisted by Deshorn Brown)

*Caution Summary*Louisville: George Davis IV – 31st minute Louisville: Luke Spencer – 45+ minute Tampa Bay: Luke Boden – 57th minute Tampa Bay: Darnell King – 63rd minute Tampa Bay: Georgi Hristov – 71st minute Louisville: Kyle Smith – 83rd minute

*Starting Lineups*Rowdies XI (4-2-3-1): GK Akira Fitzgerald (Matt Pickens 16′); D Darnell King, Damion Lowe, Neill Collins, Luke Boden; M Martin Vingaard (Darwin Jones 65′), Marcel Schî=A4fer; M Michael Nanchoff (Martin Paterson 79′), Joe Cole (c), Georgi Hristov; F Deshorn Brown

Louisville XI (4-2-3-1) : GK Tim Dobrowolski; D Kyle Smith, Sean Totsch, Tarek Morad, Oscar Jimenez; M Speedy Williams (Guy Abend 68′), Paolo DelPiccolo (c); Niall McCabe, George Davis IV, Brian Ownby (Cameron Lancaster 60′); F Luke Spencer (Ilija Ilic 75′)

The Rowdies’ next two opponents, FC Cincinnati and the Charleston Battery, won by a combined score of 9-0 on Saturday night, easily dispatching Saint Louis FC 4-0 and the Rochester Rhinos 5-0, respectively. Romario Williams scored a hat trick for the Battery, but Cincinnati’s Djiby Fall did him one better, scoring all four goals for his team.

Saturday’s crowd of 9,074 in Louisville was the eighth-largest crowd the Rowdies have played in front of in the Modern Era. Wednesday’s crowd in Cincinnati has a chance to set a new record to be the largest crowd the Rowdies have played in front of. The current record of 13,034 was set in 2010 in Montreal.

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