TAMPA, Fla. -- Canada defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 Saturday, the Rowdies' first defeat in Tampa's Coca-Cola Classic International Soccer Series.
The Canadian team was represented byplayers from Canada's Youth World Cup squad.
The Rowdies were made up of players from the Queens Park Rangers from the English First Division.
The only goal of the game came in the 59th minute when Rowdies goaltender Peter Hucker strayed 25 yards from the net to break up a pass headed for Canada's Alec Bunvery. Hucker misplayed the ball and ended up flat on his face.
Lucio Ianiero, charging from the right, kicked the deflected ball into the empty net.
Canada appeared to be overmatched in the first half. The Rowdies dominated, taking eight shots on goalie Brian Rosenfeld.
The young Canadian team stood up well under the pressure of having the ball in their end of the field most of the half. Canada managed only one serious shot in the first half. Four others were grossly off target.
Tampa Bay outshot Canada 17-7 in the game. Rosenfeld finished with 7 saves, Hucker with 1.
Tampa Bay, 2-1 in the series, takes a week off before playing the North American Soccer League All-Stars, which will be coached by soccer hero Pele and includes former Rowdies Wes McLeod, Tatu, Mike McConnell and Mannie Rojas.
The Rowdies have attracted just over 14,000 fans in the first three games of the series, which was designed by the team owners to test Tampa's interest in outdoor soccer. The Rowdies withdrew from the troubled NASL in January, 1985.