The Rowdies win the 2012 NASL Super Bowl: Tampa Bay Rowdies beat the Minnesota Stars on Penalties

Portland, 29th October 2012; Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rowdies on winning the NASL Super Bowl this past weekend. A hard fought two legs in the NASL Finals saw the Rowdies finish on top after a 3-2 penalty shoot-out win.

Tampa Bay lost the first leg 2-0 in Minnesota, but came back strong in the second leg with a 3-1 victory which took the game to extra time. The Rowdies where a man down in extra time but no goals meant the title needed to be decided by penalties. Rowdies keeper, Jeff Attinella made 3 saves in a thrilling shoot-out to crown the Rowdies 2012 NASL Super Bowl Champions.

“Well done to all the players and coaches at the Rowdies for a great victory,” said GPS General Manager Joe Bradley. “They have had a successful season and deserve to be the 2012 NASL champions. To comeback from two goals down to win shows great heart and desire, they should be very proud.”

The Rowdies and GPS have had a partnership since 2010, with the GPS PDL team, the Portland Phoenix being the reserve team and collegiate player feeder club for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The Rowdies 3-1 win in the second leg of the NASL Soccer Bowl Finals extended their unbeaten streak at home to 12, including six wins. The 2012 title is the second time the Rowdies have been crowned the champions of the NASL Soccer Bowl, with the first one coming in 1975 with a 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers. The team capped off an amazing season where they finished unbeaten in 19 of their last 21 games, ending with a championship performance on Saturday night in this thrilling second leg.

“We’ve had adversity throughout different times of the season and the players were able to overcome it once again,” said Rowdies Head Coach Ricky Hill. “I’ve always told the players to keep a strong mind and to not give up on our style of play no matter what. I couldn’t be prouder of the guys for their efforts to overcome both Minnesota’s goal, as well as to play with a man down for about 30 minutes.”

Match Summary

Tampa Bay
GK Jeff Attinella, D Frankie Sanfilippo (Captain), D JP Rodrigues (Raphael Cox 36′), D Daniel Scott, D Andres Arango, M Stuart Campbell (Fafa Picault 59′), M Shane Hill, M Keith Savage (Keith Savage 81′), M Luke Mulholland, F Carl Cort, F Mike Ambersley

Minnesota Stars
GK Matt VanOekel, D Brian Kallman, D Kyle Altman (Captain), D Connor Tobin, D Justin Davis, M Neil Hlavaty, M Kentaro Takada (Martin Nunez 59′), M Jamie Watson (Lucas Rodriguez 45′), M Miguel Ibarra, F Simone Bracalello, F Amani Walker (Devin Del Do 115′)

Goals
Tampa Bay Rowdies: Carl Cort – 25th minute (assisted by Keith Savage)
Tampa Bay Rowdies: Keith Savage – 51st minute (assisted by Andres Arango)
Minnesota: Lucas Rodriguez – 52nd minute (assisted by Miguel Ibarra)
Tampa Bay: Daniel Antoniuk – 86th minute (assisted by Mike Ambersley)

Red Card
Tampa Bay: Shane Hill – 90+ minute

Penalty Shootout
Tampa Bay (3): Mulholland (goal), Cox (goal), Picault (goal), Cort (saved)
Minnesota (2): Hlavaty (goal), Del Do (saved), Altman (saved), Bracalello (goal), Rodriguez (saved)
To find out more about the Rowdies success please visit www.RowdiesSoccer.com

For more information on the GPS Portland Phoenix, please contact Paul Baber on            (207) 878-5780       or pbaber@globalpremiersoccer.com