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Core of Tampa Bay Rowdies’ roster set to return to team in 2017

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The core of the Tampa Bay Rowdies will return in 2017. The Rowdies announced the re-signing of Joe Cole, Martin Vingaard and Neill Collins. Cole and Vingaard joined the team after the season began, but the trio still combined for 63 starts. Georgi Hristov announced his return earlier. Cole, a former Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC midfielder and three-time World Cup participant, made headlines when he joined the Rowdies in the early part of last season, making his club debut…

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Header by Neill Collins lifts Rowdies to 1-0 win over Strikers

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For the Tampa Bay Rowies, there is no bad time to beat the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Saturday night, however, was a better time than most. The Rowdies won 1-0 over the Strikers Saturday night, getting a goal in the 79th minute from Neill Collins. The win moves Tampa Bay into a tie for third place, one points behind Minnesota and tied with Indy. “It was crucial for us,” Tampa Bay Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell said. “We were disappointed with…

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Rowdies find defensive help in the stands in Scotland’s Neill Collins

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A soccer team can find players anywhere. Sometimes, they look half a world away. Sometimes, they would be smart to check out their own stands. If the Tampa Bay Rowdies had done so last year, as they played Atlanta, they might have found a tourist in the stands, watching the game. It was Neill Collins, happening by on one of his regular vacations to the Tampa Bay area. Collins and his family have been vacationing in Florida for 24 years.…

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Rowdies add Scottish defender Neill Collins to their roster

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While in Europe, the Tampa Bay Rowdies picked up a little help. The Rowdies signed veteran Scottish defender Neill Collins of Sheffield United, where he has made more than 200 appearances since 2011. “He’s a big, strong, commanding centerback,” Tampa Bay Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “When you look at his background, it speaks for itself. Neill is a big signing for us. He brings a lot of experience to the dressing room and he’s at a great age for a…

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Jason Collins still has bitter feelings about Tony Dungy’s gay views

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Former gay NBA player Jason Collins suggests that former Tampa Bay Bucs coach Tony Dungy is homophobic but does not recognize it. Collins went as far as to compare Dungy to former Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling in his shortcomings, in fact. “If you were to ask Dungy if he feels like homophobia is in his level of thinking or if he’s homophobic,” Collins said, “he’d say no. Well, if you were to ask Sterling if he sees how…

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