Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Rowdies conclude English swing with draw against Stoke City

in Sports by

The Tampa Bay Rowdies concluded a successful preseason trip to England Tuesday with a 1-1 draw against Stoke City Tuesday.

The Rowdies, 1-0-2 on their trip, led for most of the game before allowing the tying goal in stoppage time.

The Rowdies now return to Tampa Bay, where they will play their final preseason game against the University of Tampa at UT’s Peppin Stadium.

“We were playing against a really good side and it was a great experience for our players playing against two season Premier League professionals who moved the ball better than anyone else we’ve come up against this preseason,” Tampa Bay Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “I thought it was a very evenly contested game where both teams were aggressive and looked to play football the correct way.”

After a scoreless first half that featured a few clear-cut chances for both teams and a highlight-reel double save by Matt Pickens, it was the Rowdies that found the scoresheet first in the 54th minute. Nanchoff, in possession in an advanced position, slotted the ball between two Stoke City defenders to Darwin Espinal, who beat the goalkeeper into the far side netting to give the Rowdies a 1-0 lead.

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

Latest from Sports

Go to Top