The Rowdies and FC Edmonton are tied 1-1 at the half off at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Midfielder Luke Mulholland gave the Rowdies the lead in the 38th minute, but Eddies midfielder Chris Nurse scored his second goal in as many games to equalize just before the interval.
Early on in the half, the home team saw several chances through corner kicks and free kicks, but Edmonton was able to clear the ball in every opportunity.
Mulholland had a chance early on in the half, as he took a strike from outside the 18. Goalkeeper Lance Parker was able to get a touch on the shot, sending it out for a corner kick.
As the half was coming to a close, Mulholland was able to put the Rowdies up 1-0 after picking up his own rebound and slicing it past Parker. His shot from close range was originally stopped by Parker, but the England native was quick to get to the rebound and make it 1-0.
Minutes later, it was Mulholland again who found himself on the doorsteps of making it 2-0. After finding some space in the box, the midfielder chipped the goalkeeper but the Eddies were able to clear it off the line.
But it was Nurse who had the final say of the half with a low leveling finish.
“I actually thought we were very unlucky to go a goal down but we’re starting to commit silly mistakes in our own half and then we get punished,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. “I just think we have to be quicker in the Tampa Bay half when we have possession and I really like our chances in the second half.
Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said: “I expect more drive and verve out of us in the second half. Very disappointed to concede a goal, which was certainly a gift in terms of how many chances they had and now we need to get goals in the second half to get three points.”
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