Loudoun United’s last road game in Next Mexico found them land a first-half goal and weather a storm for a win. Loudoun managed to score an early goal to put their hosts on their heels, but it was not enough as the Tampa Bay Rowdies leveled minutes before halftime and again minutes before the end of the game en route to a 2-1 win in front of 4,322 at Al Lang Stadium.
There were a few changes to the lineup from Tuesday, with Barry Sharifi seeing his first start with Loudoun, as Nicky Downs returned to the starting lineup. And early on, an unlikely source in Robby Dambrot provided his first professional goal for a 1-0 Loudoun lead:
Dambrot’s mother provided her cheering from Ohio:
Tampa grew into the game in the moments before and after a hydration break, to level the score:
Ryan Martin brought in Jacob Greene and Landry Houssou at halftime, and Greene provided attacks through the half, but Meyer provided a highlight early in the second half:
Following a corner that Leo Fernandes earned, Loudoun was unable to clear the ball, and Foster Langsdorf found his chance for what ultimately became the win for Tampa, their sixth in seven games, while Loudoun drops its third in a row:
Loudoun (1-5-0) plays at Hartford Athletic FC next Saturday, June 19 at 7:00pm at Dillon Stadium.
USL Championship Regular Season - Game 6
Tampa Bay 2 (Guenzatti 34, Langsdorf 85)
Loudoun United FC 1 (Dambrot 4)
Tampa Bay (3412): Evan Louro; Jordan Scarlett, Forrest Lasso, Aaron Guillen; William Antley (Sebastian Dalgaard 64), Lewis Hilton (Matthew Srbley 79), Jordan Doherty (Lawrence Wyke 64), Leo Fernandes; Zach Steinberger (Yann Ekra 64); Jordan Adebayo-Smith (Foster Langsdorf 74), Sebastian Guenzatti (C)
Loudoun (3412): Keegan Meyer; Michael DeShields, Timmy Mehl (C), Wahab Ackwei; Ted Ku-DiPietro (Logan Panchot 85), Nicky Downs (Massimo Ferrin 77), Jeremy Garay, Robby Dambrot (Jacob Greene 45); Barry Sharifi (Landry Houssou 45); Darluis Paz (Samson Sergi 55), Jovanny Bolivar
Tampa Bay - Antley 13, Wyke 79, Langsdorf 86
Loudoun United - Dambrot 23, Bolivar 74