I missed my first AC St. Louis game in 2010 as I was out of town for a wedding. I was able to see the last 25 minutes of the contest on live streaming video. Congratulations to the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies on a big road win, and props to the AC St. Louis fans who sounded typically loud and enthusiastic. Great to see Steve Ralston in the game, and I enjoyed his curling shot off a free kick late in the contest. This recap of the match was taken from the NASL website.
AC St. Louis, lost 3-0 on Saturday night to the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in front of a crowd of 3,402. AC St. Louis’ season record falls to 1-6-1. AC St. Louis midfielder Steve Ralston made his debut for his hometown club entering the game as a substitute in the 57th minute.
AC St. Louis engaged in a well paced first half that saw both teams take nearly an equal amount of overall chances, but AC St. Louis clearly had the better opportunities early on. St. Louis nearly took the lead courtesy of a terrific through ball from the Brazilian Gauchinho. The St. Louis midfielder picked off a ball in center of the park and quickly played Mike Ambersley into the penalty area. Ambersley shot the ball with his first touch, firing just wide of the right post. The miss may have turned the momentum over to the Rowdies.
Minutes later Rowdies midfielder Long Tan found room on the right wing and crossed a solid ball into the path of Pascal Millien who found the back of the net with the first touch of his left foot to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. AC St. Louis problems were just beginning. In the 42nd minute St. Louis defender Tim Velten struggled to shield off Rowdies forward Aaron Wheeler on a ball played forward from Tampa Bay’s midfield. Wheeler was able to get a step on Velten, and the St. Louis defender was judged to have taken Wheeler down just before the penalty area. Referee Miguel Panduro Jr. awarded a free kick and displayed a red card for Velten, reducing St. Louis to 10 men.
AC St. Louis held on for nearly 20 minutes into the second half before conceding their second goal. Kwame Adjeman Adjeman-Pamboe raced onto the end of a long ball from Takuya Yamada. Adjeman-Pamboe slotted home his chance comfortably. AC St. Louis were reduced to nine men just before the end of regulation when Jack Traynor committed his second bookable offense, this one inside the penalty area, on Long Tan. Tan would convert the resulting penalty himself to kill off the match at 3-0.
The Rowdies complete a three game road trip with two wins and a draw. Tampa Bay now sits just two points adrift of the USSF D-2 Pro League summit. Austin Aztex who have drawn twice with the Rowdies this month lead the league with 14 points.
TB 37th minute Pascal Millien (assisted by Long Tan)
TB 64th minute Adjeman-Pamboe (assisted by Yamada)
TB 90th minute Long Tan (penalty kick)
STL: Dufty; Traynor, Barna, Velten, Bloom; Cole, Kante, Gauchinho, Kreamalmeyer; Ambersley, Titton
TB: Sattler; Valentino, Valentin, Kljestan, Donoho; Adjeman-Pamboe, Milien, Tan, Nyazamba, Yamada; Wheeler
STL 45th minute Stisser for Titton
TB 56th minute Diaz for Valentino
TB 56th minute Burt for Nyazamba
STL 57th minute Ralston for Kreamalmeyer
TB 67th minute Yates for Adjeman-Pamboe
TB 79th minute Gyorio for Donoho
TB 17th minute Yellowcard – Valentino
STL 42nd minute Red Card – Velten
TB 45th minute Yellowcard – Adjeman-Pamboe
STL 73rd minute Yellowcard – Jack Traynor
STL 89th minute Red Card – Traynor (second yellow)
Total Shots: 10 18
Shots on Goal: 3 8
Saves: 5 3
Fouls: 9 19
Corners: 4 6
Offsides: 4 3
Referee: Miguel Panduro Jr.
Referee’s Assistants: Victor Herrera, Michael Dutt
4th official: Andy Wilkinson
weather: 70, fair, clear, sunny.