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Farrukh Quraishi Looks to Rebuild Rowdies Roster and Brand

New Tamp bay Rowdies President and General Manager Farrukh Quraishi officially assumed his duties on Monday, December 1st. The Unused Substitutes caught up Quraishi on Friday evening, as he was leaving the office after his first week on the job. He touched on a few topics, including the process of hiring a new coach, the […]

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Rowdies Season Finale Ends in Hectic 2-2 Draw

The Tampa Bay played to a 2-2 draw with Indy Eleven in front of 6,377 fans at Al Lang Stadium in St Petersburg. With both teams already eliminated from playoff contention weeks ago, the game was the 2014 finale for both. Despite the post season irrelevance both sides approached the game looking to end the […]

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Evans Frimpong Gets a Brace in Rowdies 2-2 Draw

The Tampa Bay Rowdies came close to avenging their heartbreaking 4-3 loss at Hofstra last October with their own late game rally, but in the end had to settle for a 2-2 with the playoff bound New York Cosmos. Midfielder Evans Frimpong was the unexpected scorer for the Rowdies, notching his first two goals of […]

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Australian Football a No-Go at Al Lang Stadium

Australian football won’t be coming to Al Lang next year after all. The St Petersburg Starfish, of the United States Australian Football League, officially changed its name to the Tampa Bay Starfish earlier today. Along with the name change comes the news that the team will now play its inaugural season next year at Plan […]

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1-1 Draw in ATL Ends Rowdies Playoff Fight, Starts Another

The Tampa Bay Rowdies playoff hopes officially died in Atlanta after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Silverbacks. The Rowdies were fortunate to escape Atlanta with at least one point as the Silverpacks looked the much more offensively potent side. After the match Ricky Hill gave credit for the defensive effort from all the players and […]

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Great38’s Halftime Interview with Rowdies GM Perry Van der Beck

The Rowdies haven’t won a game since August 30th. The have conceded 15 goals while scoring only 6 goals in that stretch. A run of form that poor is bound to raise a lot of questions. During halftime of the 3-2 loss to Minnesota Rowdies General Manager Perry Van der Beck did a quick interview with […]

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Rowdies Lose Out 3-2 in Eighth Home Defeat This Year

It seems strange to ever call a loss palatable, but expectations tend to shift pretty quickly after an embarrassing 7-0 defeat. So a 3-2 loss to league leading Minnesota almost seems acceptable. Almost, but not really considering it’s another deathblow to any playoff hopes for the Rowdies, and it was also the eighth home loss […]

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Greenlight Pinellas Plan Could Benefit Rowdies Down the Road

The Rowdies represent the entire Tampa Bay area, but they currently call Pinellas County home. And considering how big of a booster principal owner Bill Edwards is of St Petersburg, and all his hints at building a new multi-use sports facility on the Al Lang Stadium site, Pinellas will likely remain their home for many […]

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Rowdies Implode in San Antonio

The San Antonio Scorpions are not 7-0 better than the Tamp Bay Rowdies. No team in the league is 7 goals better than the Rowdies. In fact, no NASL team is 7 goals better than any other team in the league. Of course that doesn’t meant it can’t happen like it did for the Rowdies […]

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Weight of Inevitability Crashes Down on Rowdies in Coastal Cup Finale

It happened. It took 5 years but the Rowdies are finally on the losing end of a Coastal Cup after a 3-2 loss to the Strikers at home. Of course losing out on a Coastal Cup was inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it stings any less for the club and its fans. Especially considering the […]