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Rowdies pull exhibition victory out late against Tampa Spartans

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Okay, give the Tampa Bay Rowdies more MLS competition. These college kids are just too tough. The Rowdies took a 1-0 victory in an exhibition game against the University of Tampa Spartans, scoring in the 89th minute to take the win. Trialist Martin Paterson scored the game’s only goal in the final minute. “We played in some difficult conditions tonight,” Rowdies’ coach Stuart Campbell said. “It’s windy and the pitch is bobbly, but the guys just kept going. We had…

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Rowdies fall 1-0 on Union’s late goal in exhibition opener

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies started play in their Suncoast Invitational – part of their preseason – in good fashion Saturday night. The Rowdies lost, 1-0, to the Philadelphia Union of the MLS. The Union scored its only goal after coach Stuart Campbell pulled many of his starters, leaving the team exposed for a breakaway goal by Derrick Jones in the 73rd minute. Tampa Bay came within inches of tying the score in the 90th minute when Alex Morrell got a…

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Rowdies sign another goalkeeper as first USL season approaches

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies gave goalkeeper Matt Pickens a little help Friday afternoon. The Rowdies signed Jamaican goalkeeper Nico Campbell, 22, who played at Valparaiso University. Campbell completed a trial with the Rowdies in the fall, including seeing action against VfL Wolfsburg and Atletico Mineiro. “I think the first thing you notice about Nico is his size,” Rowdies’ coach Stuart Campbell said. “At 6-foot-4, he’s got the height and wingspan you look for in a goalie, but he’s also very smooth…

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Rowdies’ first USL schedule is set with 16 home matches

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If the Tampa Bay Rowdies are to contend this year in the USL, they will have the opportunity to get hot. The Rowdies of coach Stuart Cambell play three games in a row three times during the year, including the first three of the season against Orlando B, Toronto FC II and the Ottawa Fury. Later in the season, the Rowdies have a three-game set against Charleston, Pittsburgh and Harrison City. The Rowdies close out their home schedule against Charlotte,…

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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…

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Rowdies finish with a sour taste after loss to Jacksonville

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The sting went all the way to the end for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Rowdies saw a lead slip away in the final moments of their final game of the season Sunday evening. Tampa Bay dropped a 3-2 game to Jacksonville. Tampa Bay led 2-0 after 20 minutes and 2-1 after 80, but still lost with goals in the 82nd and 83rd minutes. The Rowdies went ahead on goals by Martin Vingaard and Keith Savage. But the Armada came…

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Rowdies lose to Edmonton, 1-0, on snowy afternoon

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies fell one point out of the playoff race Sunday afternoon, dropping to fifth with a 1-0 loss to Edmonton. The loss ended a seven-game unbeaten streak for the Rowdies. Ben Fisk scored the only goal of the game in snowy conditions. The Rowdies had close-in attempts from Tommy Heinemann and Keith Savage but could not score. “We had two or three really good scoring opportunities in the first half,” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “If we…

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