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Rowdies hope new energy will lead to better results in 2017

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There are new faces. There is a new league. There is new energy. But for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the burning question is simple: Will they be better than they were a year ago? For the Rowdies, whose roster is almost complete, that is the burning question. The Rowdies were only ninth in the NASL a year ago, going 9-12-11. This year, however, the Rowdies are in the USL. This year, however, the Rowdies will have star midfielder Joe Cole…

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Rowdies’ Joe Cole featured among NASL’s Best players

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Midfielder Joe Cole of the Tampa Bay Rowdies has been named to the NASL’s Best XI, the league has announced. Cole played in 24 matches. He scored nine goals, second on the team, and had seven assists, second in the league. Cole, 35, played for Chelsea FC and West Ham in England. He was the only Rowdies’ player represented.

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Tampa Bay Rowdies’ comeback falls short in loss to Indy 11

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A strong comeback by the Tampa Bay Rowdies fell just short Wednesday night, leaving the team playing chase for a playoff spot. The Rowdies fell to the Indy 11, 3-2. They fell behind 2-0, then got back into the match on Joe Cole’s two goals. “It’s absolutely devastating (to have lost this match,)” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “We had them penned in for longer than 30 minutes in that second half and I really thought we were going to…

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Joe Cole scores twice as Rowdies end a scoreless streak in win

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Officially, it was only 317 minutes. It just felt like an eternity. Regardless, the Tampa Bay Rowdies are finally back on the scoreboard after Joe Cole scored twice in the team’s 2-0 win over Rayo OKC Saturday night. “It’s good to finally get the reward for our performance,” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “I’ve stood here too often saying, ‘Well, we played really well but (didn’t get a result).’ Tonight we played really well again but got the result. It’s…

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Rowdies Matt Pickens again stops penalty kick for victory

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When things are going badly, when things are at the worst, the Tampa Bay Rowdies always have the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to rely on. Take Saturday night, when the Rowdies won a 2-1 game to break a two game losing (and scoreless) streak. Tampa Bay has a 14-4-6 lead against their rival Strikers. This one involved going ahead 2-0, then having goalkeeper Matt Pickens save a penalty kick against Jose Angulo in the 89th minute. It was the second such save of the year for Pickens. “The pressure is…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies’ offense comes to life in big victory over Puerto Rico

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Finally, the Tampa Bay Rowdies have discovered the back of the net. Finally, they have some goals worth celebrating. The Rowdies won their biggest game of the season Saturday night, beating Puerto Rico 3-0 at Al Lang Stadium. It was the first time all season Tampa Bay scored more than two goals, and only the third time all year it had scored more than one (in 13 games). Even more impressive were highlight-film goals from Joe Cole and Eric Avila.…

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Newcomer Joe Cole leads the Rowdies past Minnesota United on the road

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This was the kind of game the Tampa Bay Rowdies had in mind when they signed Joe Cole. The Rowdies blanked Minnesota United, 2-0. The victory left the Rowdies tied for sixth in the NASL, but they are only two points out of second place. Cole headed the ball in for one goal, then assisted on the other to lead the way for the Rowdies. “For most of our games, we’ve performed pretty well and the results haven’t matched it,”…

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