A Tribune staff report
Published: June 20, 2010
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A second-half goal by David Foley sent the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies to their third straight defeat in the USSF Division II as they fell 1-0 to the Puerto Rico Islanders on Saturday night.
Foley’s goal came in the 65th minute as the Islanders capitalized on some slack defending, an angled cross into the area being knocked down for an unmarked Foley to volley into the right corner of the net from 10 yards out.
The Islanders had created more chances during the course of the game, Kendall Jagdeosingh having almost given them the lead when his shot from 25 yards hit the right post. Shaka Bangura also hit the post late in the game.
In difficult conditions that saw heavy rain affect the pitch and cause the ball to stick in muddy patches, the Rowdies did find some periods of play where they threatened to open the scoring. They had a good spell of pressure on the Islanders’ goal before they conceded the opening goal.
Tampa Bay then thought it had found an equalizer in the 72nd minute when Gordon Kljestan’s free kick found its way through a crowd in the penalty area to Rob Valentino, who headed home from 6 yards out, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
The Rowdies had other opportunities, taking nine shots on goal, but in the heavy conditions saw a number of others washed away. Islanders goalkeeper Bill Gaudette made six saves, while the Rowdies’ Daryl Sattler had five.
The Rowdies had defeated Puerto Rico 2-1 in the team’s first meeting this season, but that was the team’s last win in the league. Tampa Bay has scored just once in its last three league games, and will head to Miami on Tuesday night for the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup hoping a win there can trigger a rebound in its league form