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Tampa Bay Rowdies overpower Louisville City FC in 2-0 win

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On the night that Georgi Hristov became the new record holder for most appearances for the modern Tampa Bay Rowdies, Georgi Hristov did what Georgi Hristov does best. Hristov scored the first goal of the night as the Rowdies knocked Louisville City FC from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 2-0 win in front of 5,410 fans at Al Lang Stadium. Hristov entered the match tied with Takuya Yamada on 120 official appearances for the Rowdies and entered the…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies hosting Referendum Watch Party at Al Lang

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St. Petersburg voters are heading to the polls to decide on extending a 25-year at Al Lang Stadium lease to the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Tuesday’s referendum, financed by Rowdies owner Bill Edwards, has become a fundamental component in St. Petersburg’s bid for a Major League Soccer franchise. In what will (most likely) be a victory celebration of this historic vote, the Rowdies are inviting fans, sponsors and other community members to a free Referendum Watch Party beginning 6:30 p.m. at…

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On eve of Tampa Bay Rowdies vote, owner Bill Edwards announces he’s getting a pacemaker

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During his presentation to the Suncoast Tiger Bay club last week, former Mayor Rick Baker was asked what would happen to the Tampa Bay Rowdies aggressive plans for the future if ‘Bill Edwards died?” It was meant to be rhetorical. Yet on the eve of the crucial vote to give Al Lang Field an extended lease with the Rowdies – essential for St. Petersburg to attract a Major League Soccer franchise – Edwards announced he will be undergoing surgery to…

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Poll shows Rowdies soccer stadium referendum cruising to victory

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During a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, Rick Baker said there were no plans for direct mail or other campaign spending to win a May 2 referendum to negotiate a 25-year lease with the city to expand Al Lang Stadium. That’s because Baker, the former St. Petersburg mayor and president of the Edwards Group who is quarterbacking the pitch for Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards, is confident St. Pete residents will support the stadium expansion as part of an…

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St. Pete City Council sets Al Lang Stadium Special Election for May 2

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On Thursday, St. Petersburg City Council voted to approve and set the Al Lang Stadium special election for Tuesday, May 2. This is another positive step in bringing Major League Soccer to St. Petersburg. The May 2 voting will allow residents of St. Petersburg to vote on giving City Council the authority to negotiate a long-term use agreement for Al Lang Stadium. The use agreement, which can’t exceed 25 years, would allow Al Lang Stadium’s primary purpose to be the home…

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Easy call: St. Pete Cty Council to set Al Lang referendum

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If all issues before the St. Petersburg City Council were as easy as the once members will consider Thursday morning, anyone could do the job. The Council has a vote scheduled to set a referendum on a plan to privately renovate Al Lang Stadium. That’s so a bid by Tampa Bay Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards to obtain a Major League Soccer franchise for the city can continue. If the vote is anything but yes, the Council will have lost an…

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Others see Tampa Bay Rowdies as ‘silent assassins’ in MLS expansion race

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Among industry insiders, the Tampa Bay Rowdies are known as “silent assassins” in the race for the next Major League Soccer expansion team. While the Rowdies are relative newcomers to the MLS expansion conversation, after formally throwing their hat in the ring December, Patrick Brennan of Cincinnati.com warns that it shouldn’t be misinterpreted as a “hurried and premature” MLS pitch. The Rowdies’ announcement is a result of years of behind-the-scenes work and investment by both the team and owner Bill…

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