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Tampa Bay Rowdies want just a bit more as fall season begins

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As the Tampa Bay Rowdies begin their fall season, there is a simple goal in mind.

Just a little bit more. Just a little bit better.

The Rowdies had a fairly successful spring season, finishing in second place, one point behind the New York Cosmos in the NASL Standings with 19 points. But with that comes the knowledge that if it had turned any of its ties into a victory, it could have claimed the title.

The Rowdies will play against the Atlanta Silverbacks as they begin the fall. Tampa Bay finished its Spring Season with a  3-0 win over Atlanta. Atlanta finished in a tie for 10th with a 1-4-5 record. Atlanta scored only seven goals in its 10 matches.

For Tampa Bay, Martin Nunez and Maicon Santos tied for the team lead with three goals each.

Match time is 6 p.m. at Al Lang, where the Rowdies have four wins and a tie this season. The Rowdies are in San Antonio next week to play against the Scorpions.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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