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Tampa Bay Rowdies release Deshorn Brown to sign with D.C. United

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have released forward Deshorn Brown, allowing him to sign with Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, the club announced Tuesday. “We wish Deshorn the best of luck in D.C. United,” said Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell. “He’s a very talented player, who will be an asset to any club he joins in his career. It’s been a privilege to coach him in his time at the Rowdies. We knew this was an opportunity Deshorn couldn’t turn down,…

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Deal for David Beckham’s Miami soccer stadium land gets approval

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David Beckham is a big step closer to bringing Major League Soccer back to Miami. In a 9-4 vote Tuesday, Miami-Dade County commissioners decided to allow Miami Beckham United to buy three acres of county land, the final piece in a nine-acre plot on which a 25,000-seat soccer stadium is planned. It’s a big win for the English soccer icon, who has spent four years — and counting — trying to bring Miami an expansion MLS franchise. “Miami is ready,”…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies MLS chances improve as St. Louis rejects soccer stadium plan

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Chances St. Petersburg will get a Major League Soccer expansion franchise improved Tuesday after voters in St. Louis rejected a proposal to use public money for a new soccer stadium. For a city that just lost the NFL Rams, St. Louis residents could just not justify spending $60 million for a new stadium. The stadium plan lost by 3,000 votes, 47 to 53 percent. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MLS commissioner Don Garber said he was “’confident’ St. Louis…

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Rowdies, Orlando City rivalry ‘adds value’ to St. Pete MLS bid, says commissioner

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Rivalry is good for soccer, and that’s good for the chances of the Tampa Bay Rowdies securing a Major League Soccer franchise. In January, Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards delivered the team’s expansion application to MLS headquarters, after being named one of the 11 candidates in the running for an expansion team. Tampa Bay currently is the largest media market in the U.S. without an MLS franchise. Sports Illustrated recently hinted that Orlando City SC’s proximity also could prove a negative,…

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Easy call: St. Pete Cty Council to set Al Lang referendum

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If all issues before the St. Petersburg City Council were as easy as the once members will consider Thursday morning, anyone could do the job. The Council has a vote scheduled to set a referendum on a plan to privately renovate Al Lang Stadium. That’s so a bid by Tampa Bay Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards to obtain a Major League Soccer franchise for the city can continue. If the vote is anything but yes, the Council will have lost an…

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Others see Tampa Bay Rowdies as ‘silent assassins’ in MLS expansion race

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Among industry insiders, the Tampa Bay Rowdies are known as “silent assassins” in the race for the next Major League Soccer expansion team. While the Rowdies are relative newcomers to the MLS expansion conversation, after formally throwing their hat in the ring December, Patrick Brennan of Cincinnati.com warns that it shouldn’t be misinterpreted as a “hurried and premature” MLS pitch. The Rowdies’ announcement is a result of years of behind-the-scenes work and investment by both the team and owner Bill…

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Proposal for long-term deal between St. Pete, Rowdies likely to go before voters

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies are ready for the big leagues, and it appears their shot will be coming sooner than later. Major League Soccer announced last month that the Rowdies and St. Petersburg will be one of 10 cities under consideration for an expansion team. Before that happens — representing a considerable boost for both the team and St. Petersburg — the Rowdies will need to show, among other things, a comprehensive stadium plan that ensures the club will provide…

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