Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Minnesota shocks San Antonio, Tampa Bay advances
October 14th, 2012 11:03PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  nasl

MOST COMMENTED

[NASL: Semifinals] The defending champion Minnesota Stars are two games away from repeating after eliminating the regular-season NASL champion San Antonio Scorpions with a 2-1 win in the second leg of their semifinal series to advance to the final against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, whose 3-3 tie against the Carolina RailHawks gave them a 5-4 aggregate win.

Minnesota, the No. 6 seed, overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit Sunday night at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio to advance. The first leg had ended in a 0-0 tie.

Simone Bracalello scored the winner eight minutes from time for Minnesota, which played more than an hour of the match with a man advantage after NASL Golden Boot winner Pablo Campos was red carded for head-butting Stars captain Kyle Altman a minute after he scored his 21st goal of the season.

“It changed the game, in both ways” Stars head coach Manny Lagos said of the red card. "They had to sit back and defend, and we knew we would have chances to move forward and have opportunities to control the game and get back into it. At halftime, I felt we were really starting to play well. It was a great effort considering how many guys they had behind the ball. At halftime, we got excited about attacking and getting the ball in good spots.”

The Stars finally drew even in the 76th minute when Neil Hlavaty's cross deflected off Scorpions defender Blake Wagner into his own goal.

Five minutes later, the Stars took the lead when Bracalello took the ball 30 yards from goal and fired a powerful shot into the goal.

The Rowdies carried a 2-1 edge into the second leg at home but fell behind 2-0 after 18 minutes on goals by Floyd Franks and Ty Shipalane.

Shane Hill drew Tampa Bay to within one -- and back even on aggregate -- from the penalty spot in the 39th minute and Mike Ambersley made to 2-2 on the night in the 65th minute.

In the 84th minute, Luke Mulholland put the game beyond reach when he first struck the crossbar, then put away his own rebound.

Carolina midfielder Nick Zimmerman scored the equalizing goal off a penalty kick in the 87th minute.

The tie extended the Rowdies' unbeaten streak to eight games, and they are now unbeaten in their last 11 home games.

The first leg of the final will be played Saturday in Blaine, Minn. The second is set for Oct. 27 at the Rowdies' Al Lang Field.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Louis van Gaal    
"[I] have transformed the Dutch school from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2 and, depending on the opponent, it ...
A costly miss from two yards out    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Robert Herrera of Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting managed to hit the ...
Seattle clinches regular-season title    
[NWSL: Week 16] The Seattle Reign FC clinched the 2014 NWSL regular-season title with four games ...
D.C. United and New England go for three    
[MLS: Wednesday] D.C. United confirmed its credentials and New England broke an eight-game losing streak in ...
Liverpool rallies to win clash of EPL's top teams    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Stevan Jovetic twice scored to put Manchester City ahead, but Liverpool got goals from ...
2014 PDL All-League Team    
[AWARDS] The Michigan Bucks and FC Tucson led all teams with two selections apiece on the ...
Grondona dies after 35 years as Argentine boss    
[OBITUARY] Julio Grondona, FIFA senior vice president, died on Wednesday after being admitted to a Buenos ...
Philly acquisition of Mbolhi 'no-brainer'    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Philadelphia Union already has Zac MacMath, who at the age of 22 is ...
Montreal dismisses De Santis as sporting director    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Halfway through what is shaping up to be one of the worst seasons in ...
Rubin likes FC Utrecht's ambitions    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Rubio Rubin had to wait until he turned 18 in March to be eligible ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives