On their way to England, the Tampa Bay Rowdies will stop by for a little higher learning.
Tampa Bay plays its fourth exhibition game tonight against the USF Bulls.
For the Rowdies, the game will be a break from the MLS schedule the team has started the preseason against. Tampa Bay has lost to DC United 1-0, Philadelphia 2-0 and tied Montreal 0-0 in its three scoreless games. For the Rowdies, the defense and goaltending has been sharp, but the team still needs to close on its rushes.
“The goals will come,” coach Stuart Campbell has said. And perhaps, as the Rowdies enter their regular season, they will.
Next, however, comes the team’s three-game swing where it will play Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Stoke City.
This match will mark a homecoming for former USF star Ben Sweat, entering his second season with the Rowdies. Sweat, from nearby Palm Harbor, played four seasons for the Bulls and was drafted 14th overall in the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
USF, coached by George Kiefer, went 11-3-6 (W-T-L) last season, finishing second in the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls lost 2-1 in overtime to Boston College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 2015 marked USF’s eighth NCAA tournament berth in the last nine years, including two appearances in the Elite Eight and three trips to the Sweet Sixteen.