Tampa Bay Sports Day

USL: Tampa Bay Rowdies Earn 2-2 Draw Against Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies took another positive step toward the USL Cup Playoffs on Wednesday afternoon with a 2-2 draw on the road against the Bethlehem Steel FC.

Georgi Hristov and Hunter Gorskie scored the goals for Tampa Bay as they extended their unbeaten run to three games. With this point earned, the Rowdies are now just four points away from clinching a playoff berth.

Tampa Bay (12-9-7 (W-T-L), 45 points) led 1-0 and 2-1, but the Steel FC fought back on both occasions to earn a point.

“It’s mixed emotions really,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “Getting a point on the road is always good, but I’m disappointed we didn’t get all three because we played really, really well. We spoke before the game about the importance of getting a result and we got one. A point on the road is never bad, but it’s slightly disappointing we didn’t get all three.”

Wednesday’s contest was a physical one, played in unseasonably brutal heat in the Lehigh Valley. The temperature at kickoff required water breaks in each half as the sun beat down.

“It’s always tough (to not win,)” Gorskie said. “We’re disappointed not to get three points — especially when we had the lead twice — but that’s football. It’s part of the game. It’s good to get a point and we’ll play them again on Saturday.”

With Wednesday’s match in the books, the Rowdies remain in fourth place in the USL’s Eastern Conference, two points behind Charleston in third place and two points ahead of Rochester in fifth. Tampa Bay is three points out of second place with a game in hand.