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Rowdies clinch playoff berth with 3-2 win over New York

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For the first time since 2012, the Tampa Bay Rowdies are headed to the postseason. The Rowdies clinched their spot in the USL Cup Playoffs and moved up to second place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 3-2 win over New York Red Bulls II on Wednesday night at Al Lang Stadium. A goal from Joe Cole and a brace from Marcel Schäfer booked Tampa Bay’s ticket to the postseason. “We played really, really well,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies blank Charleston in 2-0 home win

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The third time was the charm for the Tampa Bay Rowdies as they made a strong statement with a dominant 2-0 win over the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday night.

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Tampa Bay Rowdies defeat Toronto FC II on road

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies unleashed a three-goal barrage in a span of 14 minutes in the second half to post a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Toronto FC II Friday evening. Joe Cole, Martin Paterson and Darwin Jones scored goals between the 68th and 82nd minute to lift the Rowdies (6-2-2 (W-T-L), 20 points) into first place in the Eastern Conference for at least one night. “I thought the players showed tremendous character,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “It was…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies finalize 2017 Opening Day roster

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies round out their roster by signing three more players ahead of next weekend’s season opener, pending league and federation approval. Forward Martin Paterson, goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald and defender Kyle Porter have all earned contracts after lengthy trials with the Rowdies. The trio arrived in February to train with Tampa Bay and play in preseason matches. Paterson, 29, has appeared in four matches as a trialist and scored the Rowdies’ game-winning goal against the University of Tampa…

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Bill Edwards ‘more than entertained’ idea of partnership between Rowdies, David Beckham

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For David Beckham, the clock may be running down on a Miami stadium deal for his long-awaited Major League Soccer franchise. But, as Empire of Soccer’s Jake Nutting says, another option may be on the table – a partnership with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. “Only a little under a month into formally launching their campaign to bring the league back to Tampa Bay,” Nutting writes, “the Rowdies say they have contacted David Beckham a few times to gauge his interest…

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Rowdies sign 3-time English Premier League champ Joe Cole

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Three-time English Premier League champion Joe Cole has signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, pending ITC approval. Cole’s contract with the Rowdies as a midfielder will run through the end of the 2017 North American Soccer League Season, with a club option for 2018. “Joe is a fantastic player, a player I know well from my time in England,” said Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell. “His experience not just on the field, but off it, is invaluable for us. One…

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