Tampa Bay 3 : 1 Minnesota (Aggregate 3-3) Tampa Bay Win 3-2 on penalties

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Photo: Matt May/Tampa Bay Rowdies

Former Cascadians Raphael Cox, Keith Savage and Daniel Scott are celebrating a national title win after Tampa Bay Rowdies succeeded in their attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg in the NASL Cup Final against Minnesota Stars.

Their side won the second leg 3-1 in ninety minutes and survived extra time despite being reduced to ten men.

Former Newcastle United forward Carl Cort scored a 24th minute goal assisted by former Portland Timber Keith Savage to set the Floridians on their way.

Keith Savage sidefooted in the aggregate equaliser but Lucas Rodriguez restored the Stars’ lead seconds later with Miguel Ibarra assisting.

Cort hit the post with 25 minutes remaining as the Rowdies sough an equaliser. With four minutes left, substitute Daniel Antoniuk leveled the aggregate scores.

With extra time imminent Tampa Bay were dealt a blow when Shane Hill, the manager’s son was red carded for a touchline foul.

Extra time is being played with no further scoring. The match went to penalties and Tampa Bay won 3-2 after a series of superb saves by Jeff Attinella.

Luke Mulholland, Rapahel Cox and Fafa Picault converted penalties for the Rowdies.

Daniel Scott has now one national titles in two successive seasons after captaining the PDL Champions Kitsap Pumas last year.

He told us:

“To be honest, I’m exhausted. That game was the epitome of our season. Battling through adversity and never giving up. Our Coaching staff, fans, organization and most importantly this team always believed we could overturn this.

Winning a title with Kitsap last year was an unbelievable feeling. This one hasn’t quite sunk in yet but as time goes on I can only imagine it will be something I will cherish forever.”

Brother Zach who is in Los Angeles for Sounders game against the Galaxy tweeted:

“Against all odds, mandown n 2 goal deficit, @RowdiesSoccer wins #NASL in pks. Congrats @DanielBScott2 So proud of all you’ve accomplished!”

To be fair to the Minnesota Stars, the two final games were excellent games of football and a great advert for the NASL.

Tampa Bay celebrate in the locker room after winning the NASL title
Photo: Matt May/Tampa Bay Rowdies

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