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Rowdies Set to Sign Former Cosmos Midfielder Sebastian Guenzatti

By JAKE NUTTING The Tampa Bay Rowdies are close to adding yet another attacking midfielder to strengthen their roster in the back half of the United Soccer League season. Former New York Cosmos winger Sebastian Guenzatti is close to a deal with the Rowdies after training with the team this week, Unused Substitutes has learned. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Rowdies Roster Will See an Injection of New, Younger Faces in the USL

by JAKE NUTTING Expect to see quite a bit of new, younger faces on the field when the Tampa Bay Rowdies kick off in the USL in March. While the NASL generally skewed toward veterans from MLS or abroad, the USL is made up more of players just starting out in their professional career. It […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]