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Tampa Bay Rowdies

  1. Rowdies hope for return to winning form vs. Richmond

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, the Rowdies would liked to have gone through a 16-game home schedule without a blemish. It didn't look like the most far-fetched notion during their 3-0 start at Al Lang.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies Georgi Hristov (10), right, battles for the ball along with Charleston Battery Maikel Chang (21) during the first half Saturday, April 22, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  2. Thriving Orlando City one of MLS' gems (w/video)

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    ORLANDO — Julie didn't seem to mind that she was standing in the middle of the road, wiping away tears while hundreds of people marched past her, singing and chanting in a massive cloud of purple smoke. To her, they weren't strangers.

    Members of the Ruckus, an Orlando City SC supporters group, make their way to the stadium Orlando City SC's first home opener in their new stadium Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Orlando. Orlando City SC opened their new home on March 5th with a 1-0 win over the New York City FC. The 25,500 seat Orlando City Stadium features a dedicated supporters area.
  3. Jones: MLS' Rowdies sounds good, but not sold on it happening

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    Could St. Petersburg really support a Major League Soccer team?

    Ralph's Mob members cheer after the Rowdies scored during a recent game Saturday, April 22, 2017 in St. Petersburg. Major League Soccer's recent expansions with Orlando City Soccer club and Atlanta United Football Club, has the Rowdies owners excited about possibly becoming the next MLS team.
  4. Will MLS take another chance on Tampa Bay? (w/video)

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    Leaving the January cold of New York City for a flight to Tampa is usually a welcome getaway. But in 2002, it was not a trip Mark Abbott wanted to make.

    Part of Al Lang Stadium is seen during a recent Rowdies game Saturday, April 22, 2017 in St. Petersburg. Major League Soccer's recent expansions with Orlando City Soccer club and Atlanta United Football Club, has the Rowdies owners excited about possibly becoming the next MLS team.
  5. Tampa Bay Rowdies lose late-game gamble

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    ST. PETERSBURG — With Saturday's game against Charleston tied at 2 in the final minutes, Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell decided to play for a win. He subbed in forwards and told his team to push up for a goal.

    The strategy backfired.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies Georgi Hristov (10), right, battles for the ball along with Charleston Battery Maikel Chang (21) during the first half Saturday, April 22, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  6. Happy to be home, Rowdies ready to reset vs. Charleston

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    ST. PETERSBURG — After a 3-0 start at Al Lang Stadium, things were bound to be a little less smooth when the Rowdies hit the road for a pair of games last week.

  7. Rowdies get draw with Cincinnati

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    CINCINNATI — The Rowdies tied host Cincinnati 1-1 on Wednesday night on midfielder Marcel Schafer's first goal since joining the team.

  8. Unbeaten Rowdies get third shutout

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Just as he did in the first two games of the season, midfielder Georgi Hristov came through for the Rowdies in a time of offensive need, scoring on a cross from the left side in the 47th minute Saturday to lead Tampa Bay to a 1-0 win against Ottawa.

  9. Staunch defense an early season trademark of Rowdies

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    ST. PETERSBURG — They were 10 minutes to be marveled upon. The Rowdies pressed forward with singular purpose and looked like a constant threat to score, which they did three times while dispatching a 4-0 line on Toronto.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies defender Damion Lowe (31) positions himself for a block during the game between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Toronto FC II at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
  10. Rowdies rout Toronto to move to 2-0 in USL

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    ST. PETERSBURG — A three-goal blitz in 10 minutes allowed the Tampa Bay Rowdies to enjoy an easy 4-0 victory over Toronto FC II before 4,326 at Al Lang on Saturday.

    The Rowdies’ Joe Cole splits two Toronto FC II defenders during the first half. Cole scores Tampa Bay’s third goal of the game in the 22nd minute on a pass from Marcel Schafer as the Rowdies go into halftime with a 3-0 lead for the first time in franchise history.