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Rowdies Forward Brian Shriver Embraces Offseason Changes

Arguably the biggest signing in the NASL prior to the 2014 season was Brian Shriver leaving Carolina to join the Rowdies on a multi-year contract. On paper it meant a match made in heaven. Shriver, the 2013 NASL Golden Boot winner would be paired with the 2013 NASL MVP Georgi Hristov. The move was a […]

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Saying Goodbye to Frankie Sanfilippo

The writing was on the wall for all to see, but that doesn’t make the release of Tampa Bay Rowdies longtime captain Frankie Sanfilippo any easier to swallow. A portion of the quote from Rowdies President Farrukh Quraishi that accompanied the press release announcing the release of Sanfilippo, along with fan lightning rod Shane Hill, […]

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Did the Defense Improve?

In almost every one of his interviews the new Rowdies Head Coach Thomas Rongen mentions, “the spine of the team,” as being his top priority. For a team that has conceded 50 goals in the combined 2014 season, one can see why. While the Rowdies retained Tamika Mkandawire, Blake Wagner, and captain Frankie Sanfilippo, the […]

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Rejuvenated Thomas Rongen Ready to Reshape the Rowdies

The Unused Substitutes had a chance to speak with new head coach Thomas Rongen during his busy workday trying to build a brand new Rowdies roster in time for the 2015 season. He touched on scouting local and international soccer talent, his renewed interest in coaching, his time with the American Samoan national team, and […]

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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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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 […]