Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Minnesota shocks San Antonio, Tampa Bay advances
October 14th, 2012 11:03PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

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: Jonathan Kraft    
"We've had a lot of great options. [But] St. Louis: exceptional soccer market, exceptional owner group. ...
MLS Expansion: San Diego 'SoccerCity' petition 'crushing it'    
The San Diego group seeking to build a stadium for a proposed MLS expansion team has ...
USMNT: Pulisic passes the Arena test    
For all his candor and sarcasm, Bruce Arena is not one for hyperbole. Before the USA ...
MLS: Petke vows to let loose 'caged animal' that is RSL    
A poor finish last season and bad start to 2017 prompted the dismissal of Jeff Cassar ...
MLS Moves: Red Bulls sign Wright-Phillips to new DP deal    
Scorer of 78 goals for the Red Bulls since arriving on trial during the summer of ...
Video Pick (TBT): When Chicago ruled MLS     
Can German star Bastian Schweinsteiger, who landed in the Windy City on Wednesday, lead the Chicago ...
Gold Cup: Third U.S. opponent will be Nicaragua     
Host USA will face Nicaragua along with Panama and Martinique at the 2017 Gold Cup Nicaragua ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"From what I remember about Concacaf qualifying, it hasn't changed a whole lot in 12 years. ...
MLS Injuries: Atlanta loses Martinez 4-6 weeks    
Josef Martinez, who leads MLS with five goals in his first three games for Atlanta United, ...
Reports: Petke will be introduced as RSL head coach    
Real Salt Lake, which fired Jeff Cassar three games into his fourth season as the MLS ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives