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Rowdies get a point with 1-1 draw against Cincinnati on the road

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It’s a hard sport in which to score. Still, one goal will win only so often in the United Soccer League. For the fourth time in five games, the Rowdies scored only one goal Wednesday night, and the team had to settle for a 1-1 draw with the home standing FC Cincinnati FC. This time, Marcel Schaffer scored in the seventh minute for the Rowdies. Harrison Delbridge evened the game on a header in the 36th minute. “We started off…

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How communities shaped by refugees became Donald Trump country

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Richard Rodrigue stood in the back of a banquet hall, watching his blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter mingle among her high school classmates. These teenagers speak dozens of languages, and hail from a dozen African nations. They fled brutal civil war, famine, oppressive regimes to find themselves here, at an ordinary high school pre-prom fete in this once-dying New England mill town, revived by an influx of some 7,500 immigrants over the last 16 years. Rodrigue smiled and waved at his daughter,…

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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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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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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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Rowdies lose final exhibition game to Miami; season opener next week

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It was hardly the way that Tampa Bay Rowdies’ head coach Stuart Campbell wanted his team’s final tuneup to go. The Rowdies lost a 3-0 decision to Miami FC in an exhibition game Saturday, when “two crazy minutes” led to their downfall. Tampa Bay gave up two goals in two minutes, then another seven minutes later, in losing their final game before next week’s season open against Orlando B. “It’s a very flattering score for Miami,” Campbell said. “For 88…

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