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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 lose first game of the season, 2-1, in trip to Louisville

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies took to the road for the first time this season. Unfortunately, they didn’t take Al Lang Stadium with them. After three straight wins at home, the Rowdies fell 2-1 to Louisville Saturday night. Louisville, 3-0-1, took over first place in the USL’s Eastern Division. The Rowdies fell into a tie for third, one point out. “It was a tough match, in a very tight pitch,” said Rowdies’ coach Stuart Campbell. “We knew it was going to…

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5 things to watch for as the Tampa Bay Rowdies take on Louisville City FC

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5 things to ponder about the Rowdies-Louiville game: 1. Does this show go on the road? After three straight home games – all victories – are the Tampa Bay Rowdies ready to play away from Al Lang Field? Louisville City FC is 2-0-1, right on the heels of the Rowdies. There are a lot of subtle differences to playing at home. Playing on the road is a different dynamic. The Rowdies need to win to keep pace with undefeated St.…

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Rowdies keep winning formula going with third straight win

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To sum up, ditto. For the third straight game, the Tampa Bay Rowdies got a goal from Georgi Hristov. For the third straight game, the Rowdies got a clean sheet from Akira Fitzgerald. And for the third straight game, the Rowdies won a game at Al Lang Stadium. This time, the Rowdies stopped  the Ottawa Fury FC in a 1-0 game. The Rowdies have now collected nine points in their three home games to key one of their fastest starts. “You…

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5 things to watch for as the Tampa Bay Rowdies put their unbeaten streak on the line

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Five things to look forward to in the Saturday night game between the Rowdies and Ottawa FC. 1. Unbeaten, untied. The Rowdies seek to complete a successful homestand with a win over the Ottawa Furies. Tampa Bay had won 1-0 and 4-0 in two weeks and has looked solid on both ends of the pitch. For a team to get nine points out of its first home stand would be impressive. 2. Old friends: Ottawa is one of the few…

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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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Rowdies, Tampa Bay United announce milestone partnership

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The two largest soccer presences in Tampa Bay have become one. The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Tampa Bay United have announced a partnership. Tampa Bay United, the largest youth soccer team in Tampa Bay, will rebrand as the TBU Rowdies beginning this season. The TBU Rowdies’ highest-level teams will wear the Rowdies’ familiar green and gold hooped jerseys on the field, expanding the visibility of the Rowdies throughout the region.  The partnership brings into focus the Rowdies’ goal of being…

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