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Rowdies travel to Pittsburgh to play in U.S. Open Cup

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A busy schedule just got a little busier for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The Rowdies will have to jam in a mid-week game when they travel to play the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Wednesday for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open. Three days later, they travel to play against Indianapolis.

If Tampa Bay could get past Pittsburgh – which beat West Virginia 3-0, costing the Rowdies a chance at hosting the game, they would be at home against D.C. United in the next round. Rowdies coach Thomas Rongen coached D.C. United to the MSL Cup in 1999.

The Rowdies are tied with Minnesota for second place in the league standings, trailing the New York Cosmos by six points.

The Rowdies return home to Al Lang Stadium for games against FC Edmonton on June 6 and the Atlanta Silverbacks on June 13.

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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