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Rowdies conclude preseason with comfortable 3-0 victory over UT

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies concluded their preseason Tuesday night with a dominated performance against the University of Tampa. The Rowdies won 3-0, giving them a 3-2-3 record in games against the MLS, English teams and college teams. They open their NASL season on April 2 against the Indy 11. The Rowdies dominated throughout, with forward Freddy Adu scoring off a free kick in the 20th minute and midfielder Michael Nanchoff finding the back of the net less than two minutes into…

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Rowdies move into fourth place with comeback draw against Ottawa

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For the time being, at least, the Tampa Bay Rowdies are the fourth-place team of the NASL, a spot which would qualify the team for the post-season. The Rowdies earned a point Saturday night with a comeback draw against the first-place Ottawa Fury despite having only 10 men on the field at the time of the equalizer. “We wanted the three points, but even at halftime when we were 1-nil down, I believed that if we raised our level and…

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Rowdies disappointed after earning a draw with last-place Indy

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The new kids were pretty good, but the Tampa Bay Rowdies were not quite good enough in a midweek match Wednesday night at Al Lang Stadium. The Rowdies drew 1-1 with the last-place Indy 11, letting a perfect opportunity to slip back into fourth place in the combined NASL standings. Tampa Bay’s lone goal came when newcomer Long Tan one-timed a shot in off a corner kick from Freddie Adu, who has spent most of his time with the Rowdies…

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Freddy Adu makes his debut for the Rowdies in a 3-1 loss to the Strikers

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ST. PETERSBURG — The stage was set for one of those movie-script stories. It was extra time, and the home team trailed by one in its rivalry game, and the ball was on the foot of Freddy Adu. Already, he had an assist, and he came into the box, darting and weaving. He lifted the ball up softly toward the goal… and it was tipped away for a corner kick. Fourteen minutes into his Tampa Bay Rowdies era, and Adu…

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After another shutout, Rowdies’ Thomas Rongen vows changes

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Shortly after he lost a game when a ball caromed off one of his best player’s faces, Tampa Bay Rowdies’ coach Thomas Rongen said it was time for some new ones. In the aftermath of the Rowdies’ 1-0 loss to FC Edmonton, Rongen vowed to shuffle the deck with his players before next week’s game against Fort Lauderdale. He talked of introducing several new players to his lineup, including newly signed sensation Freddy Adu “provided he has a good week.”…

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Rowdies announce the signing of soccer star Freddy Adu

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And without further ado, Adu. The Tampa Bay Rowdies have announced a contract, pending International Transfer Clearance, with well-known soccer star Freddy Adu, a player who has been in the highlights since being selected No. 1 in the draft when he was 14. In those days, it was common to refer to Adu as “the next Pele.” Adu played for Rowdies coach Thomas Rongen on the U.S. Under 20 team, and once scored three goals in a game against Poland.…

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