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Despite Promising Start Rowdies Draw with Eddies

For a brief, flickering moment against Edmonton it appeared that the Tampa Bay Rowdies had solved their offensive woes and were on their way to notching some goals. In the end though, the Rowdies promising start netted nothing and they had to settle for a deflating 1-1 draw at Al Lang. With Shane Hill out […]


Rainy Days Mean Congestion for the Rowdies

Summer may have officially ended a few days before the scheduled Coastal Cup finale but Mother Nature refused to let the Rowdies and their fans off the hook without at least one huge rain delay in the 2014 season. Unfortunately that rain delay was more of a monsoon delay and ultimately resulted in the big […]


Coastal Cup Finale Preview

The legendary Rodney Marsh has a message for all the Rowdies doubters. The Rowdies might currently be down, but they’re certainly not out yet. And most importantly, they’re still our Rowdies and they need our unwavering support as they try to right the ship. Saturday night’s Coastal Cup finale may be the most important game […]


Interview With Rowdies Broadcaster Trevor DeGroot

Broadcasts of Tampa Bay Rowdies home games are much improved this year. The games are now available, locally in HD on Great 38 with more camera angles and faster replays. Another factor in the improved quality is new broadcaster Trevor Degroot. If you can’t make it out to Al Lang for this weekend’s Coastal Cup […]


Inception of the Rowdies-Strikers Rivalry

After exhaustive research (google) the Unused Substitutes have unearthed a preview that ran in the, at the time, St. Petersburg Times the day of the first official game between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers on May 7,1977.The original NASL Strikers started out as the Miami Gatos in 1972. In 1973 they re-branded […]


Rowdies Shut Out By The Eddies

The Rowdies were shut out by another Canadian side this week. This time the blow on the road against Edmonton in a 1-0 defeat. Edmonton’s lone goal from Lance Laing in the 64th minute was enough for the victory as the Rowdies impotent attacking form continued on from last week’s 2-0 loss to Ottawa. Ricky […]