Hartford Athletic battled to a hard luck 1-0 defeat against first place Tampa Bay Rowdies side in a match Athletic largely controlled. Sebastian Guenzatti’s 33rd minute opener was the only difference between the two sides, as Rowdies’ keeper Evan Louro produced a string of good saves to protect the three points for Tampa Bay.
An electric atmosphere was brewing in the build-up to this top of table clash. Within the first ten minutes, Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. saw his shot saved by Louro after Arthur Rogers’ crafty pass found him open in the box. Tampa Bay eventually grew back into the game, with Tulu and Alex Lara called upon on different occasions to provide some top-class defending.
Hartford were forced into a substitution in the 27th minute, which saw star left-back Gabi Torres walk off injured and replaced by Nico Cardona. It was only four minutes later that a floated cross from former Athletic player, Sebastian Dalgaard, was not cleared properly by Hartford, and found Sebastian Guenzatti two yards out who poached home a finish for his 7th goal of the USL Championship season.
Hartford responded extremely well to this setback, with two massive chances for Juan Carlos Obregón saved by Evan Louro and cleared off the line by Guillen. Obregón continued to cause problems for the Tampa Bay backline, when he found Danny Barrera in acres of space on the right-hand side of the Rowdies’ box. Louro rushed out and Barrera lifted it over him, but also lifted it over the crossbar to end the half.
The half started in sublime fashion for Athletic, who won a penalty in the 55th minute when Younes Boudadi was bundled over just inside the area. Obregón stepped up to the spot, but uncharacteristically sent his effort over the crossbar. The Rowdies had a second goal ruled out for offside in the 65th minute, but Guenzatti’s opener was enough to see Tampa Bay run out of Dillon with the three points.
Athletic will look to return to winning ways when they face Loudoun United in Virginia on July 4th. Hartford Athletic returns home next on July 10th, and you can get your tickets here.
Shots (On-Target): Hartford Athletic 8 (4) - 10 (5) Tampa Bay
Corners: Hartford Athletic 5-2 Tampa Bay
Fouls: Hartford Athletic 17-12 Tampa Bay
Offsides: Hartford Athletic 1-3Tampa Bay
Possession: Hartford Athletic 62.9%-37.1% Tampa Bay
Passing Accuracy: Hartford Athletic 82.6%-73.9% Tampa Bay
Saves: Hartford Athletic 4-3 Tampa Bay
33’ – Sebastian Guenzatti 0-1
58’ - Lara (Yellow)
79’ – Fernandes (Yellow)
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP:
13 (GK) Jeff Caldwell; 15 (DF) Tulu, 2 (DF) Alex Lara, 3 (DF) Younes Boudadi, 20 (DF) Thomas Janjigian, 16 (DF) Gabriel Torres; 10 (MF) Danny Barrera, 6 (MF) Arthur Rogers; 8 (FW) Christian Gomez, 18 (FW) Walmer Martinez, 29 (FW) Juan Carlos Obregon Jr.
TAMPA BAY ROWDIES STARTING LINEUP:
1 (GK) Evan Louro; 3 (DF) Forrest Lasso, 5 (DF) Jordan Scarlett, 33 (DF) Aarón Guillén, 4 (MF) Lewis Hilton, 8 (MF) Zachary Steinberger, 11 (MF) Leo Fernandes, 21 (MF) Dayonn Harris, 22 (MF) Jordan Doherty, 23 (MF) Sebastian Asmussen; 13 (FW) Sebastían Guenzatti