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Rowdies compete against MLS teams in Suncoast Invitational

The Tampa Bay Rowdies, hungry to join Major League Soccer, will get a test run over the next few days.

Today, the Rowdies start their play in the Suncoast Invitational, which features six MLS teams. The Rowdies will compete with the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union, D.C. United and Chicago Fire. Four of the five MLS clubs participating in the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational reached the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs including the Eastern Conference champions, Toronto FC, and runners-up, the Montreal Impact.

The Rowdies play against the Philadelphia Union Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The following Saturday, the Rowdies play against Montreal.

The Rowdies currently have 17 players under contract, plus several more on a tryout basis. Those players include Georgi HristovJoe Cole and Matt Pickens.

 

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