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Rowdies set to open their first USL season against Orlando B

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Could there be a new war on I-4?

And if so, will they fight this one with their feet?

The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced its home opener for 2017 against Orlando B on March 25.  It will be the Rowdies’ first USL match. The match will highlight what could be a rivalry in the coming seasons if indeed the Rowdies are allowed to join the MLS.

The United Soccer League (USL), the largest second division professional soccer league in the world, today announced the home openers for the 2017 regular season, with a 13-game slate set to feature on the 2017 USL Kickoff Weekend on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26.

The Rowdies are entering their second full season under coach Stuart Campbell, who took over in the middle of 2015 season.

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