By TRAVIS CLARK
In a 90-minute span Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rowdies snapped a winless streak, defeated an inter-state rival and finally scored a goal.
Tampa Bay's 2-0 win over Miami FC on Sunday put an end to a stretch of nine games without a win, dating back to May 29. The two goals, scored by Julian Valentin and Aaron King respectively, also the first goal scored since Tampa's 1-1 draw with the Blues back on July 4, a span of three full games.
The win came with a young team on the field, good signs for the club's future. The loss piled on Miami's woes, and the result combined with A.C. St. Louis' win over Baltimore consigns the Blues to the worst point total in the second division.
Here's a look at the rest of this weekend's D-2 action:
MINNESOTA DRAWS IN VANCOUVER
One point from two home games isn't the best run for Vancouver in the Northwest, drawing 1-1 against NSC Minnesota Sunday evening. It was a wild game, with the Whitecaps on top for the majority of the match — but it was the visitors that jumped out to the lead, going up in the 28th minute thanks to a Simone Bracalello tally. Captain Martin Nash equalized in the 67th minute, but the Whitecaps couldn't find the winner, having three penalty shouts turned down in the second half.
PUERTO RICO OUTLASTS ROCHESTER
The second of a three-game road trip took Rochester down to Puerto Rico, where the Rhinos found the going tough against the Islanders, going down 3-1. Nicholas Addlery tallied for the home side in the 31st minute, before an Isaac Kissi equalizer sent the game to the break at a 1-1 stalemate. Puerto Rico jumped ahead against when Rochester defender Aaron Pitchkolan was sent off for a foul in the box — David Foley scored the ensuing penalty and Kendall Jadgeosingh added the insurance goal late in the game.
ST. LOUIS DROPS BALTIMORE
Hot and muggy conditions were ever-present at the Maryland SoccerPlex — kickoff temperatures were over 100 degrees as A.C. St. Louis nicked three points over Crystal Palace Baltimore with a 1-0 win. Mike Ambersley grabbed the only goal of the game, as the humid conditions bogged the game down in the midfield. Baltimore couldn't come up with a way to best the St. Louis defense and goalie Alec Dufty, as the visitors won for just the fourth time in 2010.