CRYSTAL PALACE BALTIMORE (6-17-6) AT FC TAMPA BAY ROWDIES (6-12-11)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Steinbrenner Field, Tampa
RADIO: 1010 AM
NEED TO KNOW: The Rowdies will look to end their inaugural season the way it began - with a win against Crystal Palace Baltimore. The Rowdies opened the season on April 16 with a 1-0 win against Baltimore on a 66th-minute goal by Aaron King, assisted by Jeremy Christie. ... FC Tampa Bay is coming off of a disappointing 3-0 loss to NSC Minnesota on Sept. 24 and is currently winless in its last 11 matches. ... The Rowdies will retire the No. 12 jersey of former Rowdies player, current vice president and interim head coach Perry Van Der Beck in a ceremony at tonight's match. Van Der Beck was the first American high school player drafted in the North American Soccer League, when the Rowdies selected him in 1978. He played with the Rowdies from 1978-82 and again in 1991. Van Der Beck was the captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic soccer team.