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Rowdies eliminated from playoffs as Fort Lauderdale beats Jacksonville

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In the end, the Tampa Bay Rowdies fell just short.

The Rowdies were eliminated from post-season Sunday afternoon when the Fort Lauderdale Strikers beat the Jacksonville Armada 1-0. The Rowdies will now play top-seeded New York –which won 2-0 over Tampa Bay Saturday night – while Ottawa plays Minnesota.

For Tampa Bay, the finish had to be a bit disappointing, but understandable. The Rowdies were second in the Spring Season, but fell to eighth in the Fall. The Rowdies and Jacksonville tied for being the lowest-scoring team of the spring.

It remains to be seen how much this team will be overhauled in the off-season. Will coach Stuart Campbell return? Midfielder Freddie Adu? It remains to be seen in the weeks ahead.

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

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