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Rowdies launch single-game ticket sales as big season expected

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Tampa Bay Rowdies owner and CEO Bill Edwards is looking for a big season from his team.

The Rowdies, who join the USL for the first time, have begun to sell single-game tickets for the 2017 season. The Rowdies open the season on March 25 against Orlando B.

How good does Edwards expect his team to be?

Very.

“We’ve built a tremendous team that has a mixture of returning veterans like Joe Cole, Georgi Hristov and Matt Pickens, and new additions like Damion Lowe, Leo Fernandes, Luke Boden, Darwin Jones and Alex Morrell. Under the leadership of coach Stuart Campbell, we’ve established a strong squad that I believe is the best we’ve ever had,” Edwards has said.

Also, he has said this: “With your passion in the stands and the talent on the field, I know this will be our year. This is the year we add another championship to our history and bring the USL cup to Tampa Bay.”

And this: “We’ve recently focused on our push to join Major League Soccer, but it’s time to shift gears and prepare for the upcoming 2017 United Soccer League season. Unlike previous seasons, this year you will see a great variety of opponents come to Al Lang Stadium with 15 teams in the Eastern Conference alone. It’s important that you’re in the stands to show them why Al Lang Stadium is our house.”

Edwards has done a good job feeding the Rowdies’ mania. If this is his best team, as he believes, it should be fun.

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