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Five things to watch for at the Tampa Bay Rowdies-Cincinnati FC match tonight

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The Rowdies play a rare mid-week game tonight when they take on Cincinnati FC in the USL Match of the Week. Five things worth pondering: 1.  On the road again: The Rowdies are 3-0 at home, but they lost their only road match of the year last week when they fell 2-1 to Louisville. Cincinnati is 2-2, but it won its home opener last week in front of 23,144 fans. The Rowdies have never played before more than 13,000. 2.…

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Rowdies clobber Toronto, 4-0, to stay unbeaten after two games

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Coach Stuart Campbell wants to make his stadium “a fortress.” Star player Joe Cole wants more than that. He wants an entire city behind the Tampa Bay Rowdies. It’s hard to blame the Rowdies for being ambitious after team walloped Toronto FC II Saturday night. The Rowdies won 4-0, scoring three times in the first half to remove any doubt as to the night’s outcome. The Rowdies drew 4,326 fans. “We were happy with the result and the performance from…

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Five things to watch for at the Tampa Bay Rowdies-Toronto soccer match

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Five things to ponder about Saturday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Toronto FC II: 1. Mirror images. Both teams won their opening games 1-0. The Rowdies beat Orlando City B, while Toronto beat Phoenix Rising. In a way, then, this early-season battle of the unbeatens could be the start of competition in the USL’s Eastern Division. 2. The finish: For the Rowdies, one of the oldest problems that continues to nag is the ability to finish its…

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5 things to keep your eye on as Rowdies open their USL era

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Five things to look for in tonight’s home opener for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. 1. The crowd: Sure, most teams look for a big gate in their opening game. For the Rowdies, who have been pushing their attendance to make the MLS notice, it’s even more important. Tampa Bay has to establish itself as a solid market. 2. New surroundings: The USL isn’t where the Rowdies were, and it isn’t where they want to be long-term. But it’s a stable…

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Rowdies take impressive win over MLS’s Montreal in exhibition

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If you want to join them, well, first you beat them. The Tampa Bay Rowdies, who have announced their plans to pursue admission into the MLS, took a symbolic step toward their goal Saturday night when they beat the Montreal Impact. The Impact was the Eastern Conference runners-up last season. However, the Rowdies dominated play most of the evening, taking a 2-0 lead en route to their victory. Joe Cole and Deshorn Brown, a training guest, scored the goals within…

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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…

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Rowdies’ first USL schedule is set with 16 home matches

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If the Tampa Bay Rowdies are to contend this year in the USL, they will have the opportunity to get hot. The Rowdies of coach Stuart Cambell play three games in a row three times during the year, including the first three of the season against Orlando B, Toronto FC II and the Ottawa Fury. Later in the season, the Rowdies have a three-game set against Charleston, Pittsburgh and Harrison City. The Rowdies close out their home schedule against Charlotte,…

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