TAMPA, Fla. – Marcel Schäfer’s outstanding strike for the Tampa Bay Rowdies against FC Cincinnati on April 19 at Nippert Stadium has been voted the USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Month for March/April of the 2017 season, with the former German international sweeping to victory on the back of his first goal as a member of the Rowdies.
An offseason arrival from the Bundesliga’s VfL Wolfsburg, Schäfer made a big impression in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3 in Week 4 of the season. Picking up possession in the center-circle, he advanced into space and launched a fierce shot that was tracked at travelling 37 yards into the right corner of the net. The goal earned the No. 2 position on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 that night, one of four goals in the USL to appear over the month of April.
Schäfer’s goal received 68 percent of the vote conducted online at USLSoccer.com that concluded on Monday morning. Louisville City FC’s Brian Ownby finished second with 12 percent for his outstanding finish, also against FC Cincinnati, while OKC Energy FC’s Miguel Gonzalez finished third with seven percent for his bicycle-kick finish against Sacramento Republic FC.