Battery Bombardment Sends Road-Weary Rowdies to a 3-2 loss

On April 12th, 1861, Confederate cannons surrounding Charleston harbor began a 34-hour barrage of Union troops who had sought refuge in Fort Sumter, then believed to be one of the strongest fortresses of the world. Ten days and 156 years later, the Charleston Battery only needed 90 minutes to claim another win on the waterfront, this time in a building […]

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Early Schäfer Blast Carries Rowdies to 1-1 Draw in Cincinnati

by JAKE NUTTING After a bitter loss in Louisville over the weekend, the Tampa Bay Rowdies — aided by a wondrous long-distance rcoket from Marcel Schäfer — fought to nick a point in 1-1 result in front of 15,244 fans at FC Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium on Wednesday. Playing its second of three mathches in an eight-day stretch, Tampa Bay sat regulars […]

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Rowdies Can’t Overcome Defensive Miscues in Louisville, Drop First Match

by JAKE NUTTING The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ first road trip of the United Soccer League season got off to rough start on Saturday. An 89th-minute goal from Martin Paterson wasn’t enough to erase two earlier goals by Louisville City FC in a scrappy match on Saturday night at Slugger Stadium. Coach Stuart Campbell was forced to pull from his bench […]

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Bill Edwards Files Suit Against NASL, Seeking to Have Franchise Agreement Voided

by JAKE NUTTING Tampa Bay Rowdies Owner Bill Edwards has followed through on last year’s threat of legal action against the North American Soccer League over its ties to Traffic Sports, the company brought down in the FBI’s 2015 investigation into FIFA corruption. Edwards filed a lawsuit in Pinellas County on Thursday, alleging he was enticed to purchase the Rowdies […]

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Rowdies’ Busy Week Starts with Trip to Louisville City

by JAKE NUTTING After a perfect three-match homestand to begin their first season in the United Soccer League, the Tampa Bay Rowdies are hitting the road for the first time to take on Louisville City FC. Louisville is also unbeaten in its first three matches, though an opening week draw against Saint Louis FC leaves it two points back of […]

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Rowdies Edge Ottawa 1-0, Close Homestand with Three Wins

by JAKE NUTTING The Tampa Bay Rowdies remain unscathed in the young USL season after scrapping it out with Ottawa Fury FC to take a 1-0 win at Al Lang Stadium through a Georgi Hristov header in the opening minutes of the second half. An ankle injury to winger Leo Fernandes required Rowdies Coach Stuart Campbell to make a change to his […]

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Rowdies Facing a Familiar Foe for First Match Against an Independent USL Team

by JAKE NUTTING The first two games of the year went about as perfectly as the Tampa Bay Rowdies could have hoped for. Two wins and two shut outs are a welcome boost to the team’s morale after entering their first season in the United Soccer League with high expectations. Nabbing the wins at home are also a plus. Last […]

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St Pete Chamber PAC Hosting Phone Banks for May’s Al Lang Referendum

by JAKE NUTTING The May 2 referendum to decide if St. Petersburg city officials can negotiate a new long-term use agreement for Al Lang Stadium with Tampa Bay Rowdies Owner Bill Edwards is drawing closer. Without a positive result in the special election, the Rowdies’ project to win an expansion spot into Major League Soccer could be derailed. With the […]

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USL Eastern Conference Digest Week 1: New Beginnings, A Lot of Penalties

by JAKE NUTTING A new attendance record at Al Lang Stadium and a 1-0 win over Orlando City are about as good as the Rowdies could have asked for to kick off their first season in the United Soccer League. Facing off with Orlando was an easy adjustment from the North American Soccer League for Tampa Bay’s supporters. It’s simple, really. […]

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