Welcome to the Classic Championship Game of the Day, where today we revisit a seven-goal thriller from the 2017 season that saw Saint Louis FC play host to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the first meeting between the clubs at West Community Stadium.
Newcomers to the Championship in 2017, the Rowdies had compiled a solid campaign to put themselves in the middle of the playoff race with two months to go in the regular season. Tampa Bay also entered on a three-game winning streak, and a five-game undefeated streak as Marcel Schafer and Martin Paterson had helped fuel recent wins against FC Cincinnati, the Charleston Battery and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.
Saint Louis hadn’t had as good a summer. After taking 10 points from its first four games of the season under new Head Coach Preki, the club’s form had been up-and-down to leave it outside the playoff positions going into this contest. Having suffered a 2-1 defeat on the road to FC Tulsa in their last outing, the hosts were looking to bounce back in front of the passionate support at its home ground.
The scene is set, so sit back, relax and enjoy a classic 90 minutes of Championship action.