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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Help Wanted: The Unused Substitutes are Seeking Contrubtors

by UNUSED SUBSTITUTES STAFF It’s been an eventful offseason for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, to say the least. The Unused Substitutes have worked hard to offer the best consistent coverage of the Rowdies, including their switch from the NASL to the USL and their campaign to join MLS. With all the new focus and energy surrounding the Rowdies both in […]

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Bill Edwards Claims Lawsuit Against Him is Non-Factor on MLS Bid

by JAKE NUTTING Monday’s trip to Major League Soccer headquarters in Manhattan achieved its goals for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The team handed over its formal application to join the league and generated some publicity in the process. Not all coverage related to the Rowdies was favorable, though. As the Rowdies were in the air on their way to New […]

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Report: Spring Referendum on Al Lang Lease Extension a Possibility

by JAKE NUTTING A vote to extend Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards’ lease to manage Al Lang Stadium could be coming sooner than expected. Charlie Frago of the Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday that St. Petersburg City Council Chairwoman Darden Rice has scheduled a meeting on January 5 to put the matter up for a public referendum in […]

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Report: Bill Edwards Threatens Legal Action Against NASL

by JAKE NUTTING Bill Edwards isn’t quite done with the NASL yet. In a report from The Guardian, the Tampa Bay Rowdies owner claims that he is set to take legal action against the NASL over its relationship with Traffic Sports, the Brazilian sports marketing company that was heavily involved in the NASL until last year’s FBI investigation into corruption […]

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Rowdies Finish NASL Era with 3-2 Loss in Jacksonville

by JAKE NUTTING The Tampa Bay Rowdies were mere minutes away from closing out their time in the NASL on Sunday with a win on the road until they allowed Jacksonville Armada FC to rally for two quick-fire goals and all three points. Tampa Bay was missing a handful of regulars for the season finale, including leading scorers Joe Cole, […]

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Official: Tampa Bay Rowdies Leaving NASL for USL Next Year

by JAKE NUTTING Hopefully you savored this year’s heated regular season series with the New York Cosmos and the season sweep of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers because it will be the last time the Tampa Bay Rowdies face their historic rivals in NASL action. After weeks of speculation, the Rowdies announced via a press release that they are leaving the […]

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Draw with Ottawa in Home Finale Knocks Rowdies Out of Postseason Race

by JAKE NUTTING You’d be hard-pressed to script a better match to represent all the struggles the Tampa Bay Rowdies have endured this year than Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Ottawa Fury FC that officially brought their playoff hopes to an end. Red cards, an inexplicable defensive error capitalized on by the opponent, sure-fire scoring chances left unconverted, a resilient effort […]

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Cole Delights, Defense Crumbles as Rowdies Postseason Hopes Fade in Loss to Indy

by JAKE NUTTING Joe Cole tried his damnedest, but not even his second-half brace on Wednesday night against Indy Eleven was enough to salvage a result for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, as a late concession sunk them both in the match and possibly the race to clinch a postseason spot. With everything to play for, the Rowdies somehow lacked urgency […]

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