August 25th, 2012 (St. Petersburg, FL) – The Puerto Islanders earned a point on the road today after finishing today’s game a 0 – 0 draw against the Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium. With this result, the Islanders are still tied for second place in NASL standings with Tampa Bay at 36 points with five games left this season. The Puerto Islanders travel to Los Angeles to meet the L.A. Galaxy in CONCACAF Champions League action on Wednesday, August 29th and continue their playoff push at home this next Saturday, September 1st when they receive the Carolina Railhawks at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies seemed comfortable at home, and started the offense early in the match. In the 3rd minute, Picault receives a corner ball from Mulholland and tries to give Tampa the lead, but his header is blocked by the relentless Islanders’ defense. A few seconds later, Frankie Sanfilippo took his own chance on goal, but his shot went wide.
The Puerto Rico Islanders answered with some offense in the 20th minute, when the ball found Chris Nurse inside the box, but he was unable to reach the net.
Tampa Bay saw a unique opportunity to grab the lead in the 27th minute when Evans Frimpong was fouled in the box and got awarded a penalty kick. Mike Ambersly took the penalty shot, but Richard Martin jumped towards the left post and kept the net untouched. Martin is second best in the league with an amazing .95 GAA.
In the 29th minute, Gregory Richardson took the first of many shots on the Rowdies’ net, but it was blocked by Tampa Bay’s defense. Richardson tried again in the 34th and 49th, both received by Attinella’s hands.
Both teams tried to get clear opportunities in the second half, but had trouble dealing with the opponent’s defense. In the 86th minute, Yaw Danso took a long run in the counterattack to try and get the ball into the box, but it was recovered by the Rowdies’ defense. Jay Needham and Mike Ambersly both took shots in the 90+ minutes, but were both received by Martin and Attinella saves respectively, ending with a scoreless match and settling for one point each. The Islanders return home on September 1stto receive the Carolina Railhawks at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.