Loudoun United will have to wait another few weeks to score its second goal or record its first victory, but it did achieve the team’s first shutout on Saturday in its match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
“What a great effort from the team to get a point on the road against Tampa. They are a very strong team physically, as well as quick and aggressive which makes the game very difficult,” Coach Richie Williams said. “We have seven players on the field with this being their first year as pros and their third game on top of that, and to be able to go out there and compete and get a point is incredible.”
Goalkeeper Earl Edwards recorded three saves during the match. Tampa, which stands second in the USL Championship Group A season standings at 2-2-0, controled the ball for nearly two-thirds of the game.
“I knew it was going to be tough coming down here to play against Tampa, they are one of the better teams in the USL. To be able to come down and contribute and help the team get a shutout was an accomplishment for everybody,” Edwards said. “Defensively, I thought we were great, to get a shutout at a place like this is hard to do so I am glad we were able to get that done. Going forward I think we could have been better on the ball but like I said this is a tough place to play so we will take what we got.”
Loudoun United (0-2-1) will next play the Ottawa Fury FC (1-1-0), at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Canada.