Soccer Bowl 2012

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Soccer Bowl 2012
NASL Championship Series 2012
Soccer Bowl 2012 logo.png
Event Soccer Bowl
Tampa Bay 3–2 Minnesota (Penalty Shoot-out)
First Leg
Date October 20, 2012 (2012-10-20)
Venue National Sports Center, Blaine, Minnesota
Man of the Match Jeff Attinella
Attendance 4,642
Second Leg
Date October 29, 2011 (2011-10-29)
Venue Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Florida
Attendance 6,208

Soccer Bowl 2012 was the North American Soccer League's postseason championship final of the 2012 season. Also known as the NASL Championship Series 2012, the event was contested in a two-game aggregate match between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and, the defending 2011 NASL champions, the Minnesota Stars. The first leg was held on October 20, 2012 at National Sports Center, in Blaine, Minnesota, while the second on October 27, 2012 at Al Lang Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

After a two-day competition, both sides were tied at three points apiece. Following extra time, the game went to penalty shoot-out. In the end, the Tampa Bay Rowdies were victorious and became the 2012 NASL champions.[1][2]


The Minnesota Stars and the Tampa Bay Rowdies respectively won their semifinal games. This earned both teams the right to compete for the league title.

Game summary[edit]

Championship results[edit]

Team 1 Aggregate Team 2 First leg Second leg Attendance
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3–3 Minnesota Stars 0–2 3–1 (a.e.t.)
(Penalty Shoot-out 3–2
October 20 National Sports Center 4,642
October 27 Al Lang Stadium 6,208

First leg[edit]

October 20, 2012 (2012-10-20)
8:30 pm EDT
F – 1st Leg
Minnesota Stars 2–0 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Amani Walker Goal 67'
Kentaro Takada YC 84'
Martin Nunez Goal 90+'
Mike Ambersley YC 48'
National Sports Center
Attendance: 4,642
Referee: Kevin Terry, Jr.
Minnesota Stars
Tampa Bay

Second leg[edit]

Tampa Bay[3]
Minnesota Stars

2012 NASL Champions: Tampa Bay Rowdies

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NASL. "Tampa Bay Wins NASL Championship Series After Penalty Shootout - Rowdies Lift Soccer Bowl Trophy In Dramatic Fashion". North American Soccer League. 
  2. ^ NASL. "NASLSoccerBowl - History - Past Winner". North American Soccer League. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 

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