The Rowdies left August in a full sprint after stumbling into the month on a string of losses.
They were undefeated in August, winning four matches and tying one. That keeps them in the picture as a championship contender with two months left in the season.
The Rowdies and Pittsburgh share first place in the USL Eastern Conference Atlantic division with 40 points each, although Pittsburgh has played four more games.
Exceptional defense fueled the Rowdies’ surge. They allowed only one goal in their last five games.
Tampa Bay’s next home game is Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Oakland.
– Janelle Irwin, Extensive Enterprises Media