Twelve seconds away from their ninth shootout decision of the North American Soccer League, Team America lost, 2-1, when the Tampa Bay Rowdies' Manny Rojas scored on a breakaway.
The Rowdies dominated the overtime session, attempting shot after shot, but to no avail. A shot by the Rowdies' Tatu off a free kick just two minutes into the first overtime was cleared off the line. And midfielder Peter Baralic hit the right post on another chance only three minutes later.
In the first overtime, the best chance of Team America, which lost forward Alan Green to a shoulder injury in the 55th minute, was a shot by Tony Crescitelli, which was saved by goalkeeper Jurgen Stars.
"When these guys are going to learn to score, I'm beginning to wonder. We had our chances to win, but we could not score," said Team America Coach Alkis Panagoulias about his players.
"The play we did score on was not even our best chance of the night," he said, referring to Greg Villa's goal at 85:32 that sent the game into overtime.
In the second overtime, the Rowdies--who ended a five-game losing streak--again played a game of inches. Mike Connell's header was directly at goalkeeper Arnie Mausser.
But the Rowdies finally got the goal they worked so hard to get when Rojas volleyed in a long pass from Baralic at 104:48.
Only moments before Team America's Villa had a shot cleared off the goal line by Gregg Thompson.
Green was injured after taking an errant pass by Rowdies defender Peter Nogly and breaking in alone on Tampa Bay goalkeeper Stars. A diving Stars stripped Green of the ball, sending Green tumbling in the process. Green was removed from the field on a stretcher and replaced in the lineup by Villa.
With his team ranked only 10th in goals scored in the 12-team North American Soccer League, Tampa Bay Coach Al Miller decided to give rookie forward Karpun his first professional start.
Karpun, a Canadian, responded with the only goal of the first half, jumping on a loose ball in front of Team America's goal at 38:47. The scoring play began when Tampa Bay defender Sam Allardyce crossed the ball from the right corner and goalkeeper Mausser mishandled it, knocking the ball at Karpun's feet.
Team America has lost four of its last five games.