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Tampa Bay Rowdies announce their under 23 development team

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies would like to grow a player or two on their own. The Rowdies will field a team in the USL’s Premier Development league this year, as the Rowdies U23 team is to begin play. The team will remain based in Tampa at the Waters Soccer Complex and will compete in the PDL’s Southern Conference’s Southeast Division, which currently features seven other teams from around the Sunshine State. “Rowdies U23 will give us an opportunity to develop…

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MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott talks expansion

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Right now, the race for a new MLS expansion team seems to be in a 12-team tie. At least, that was the impression from a 45-minute conference call with MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott, who was careful not to handicap the race and to say only good things about the contestants. Abbott did say his Expansion Committee – to be made up of team owners – will want a decision on the next four MLS teams by the end of…

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Rowdies’ Bill Edwards delivers application to MLS bosses

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies aren’t wasting any time in their pursuit of a bid to Major League Soccer. A delegation headed by Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards delivered the team’s expansion application to MLS headquarters on Monday. Edwards met with Mark Abbott, MLS President and Deputy Commissioner, for around 30 minutes and delivered the unique interactive expansion application, which included a modern rendition of “A Kick in the Grass.” Major League Soccer was very impressed by our unique way of delivering…

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Does St. Petersburg face tough climb to get MLS team?

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From the outside, it would appear that St. Petersburg has some catching up to do in its pursuit of Major League Soccer, particularly if it wants to be on the front-burner of expansion. St. Petersburg, home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, has announced that it wishes to expand Al Lang and join the MLS. But the website fiftyfiveone.com, evaluating the 10 cities that are scrambling for a team, ranks St. Petersburg only eighth. Owner Bill Edwards has said he would…

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Is Tampa Bay’s best all-time soccer performer … Bill Edwards?

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He did not grow up on the pitch. He did score any golden goals to break nil-nil ties. Before it’s all said and done, however, the finest soccer performer in Tampa Bay history might just be a smiling man named Bill Edwards. With all deference to Rodney Marsh, Derek Smethurst and Oscar Fabbiani, it is Edwards who is the current steward of the sport in Tampa. And it is Edwards who sees a bigger stadium, a better league and larger…

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Tampa Bay among 10 cities announced for potential MLS franchise

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Well, that didn’t take long. Only days after mentioning his twin ambitions of moving to the MLS and expanding Al Lang Stadium, Tampa Bay Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards finds his team among 10 teams being considered for expansion by North America’s most prestigious soccer league. The MLS is currently at 20 teams — three others are planned — but has plays to go to 28. “I want to be the first of the 10 potential cities to earn an MLS franchise,” Edwards said. The team expects…

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Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards seeks bigger stadium, bigger league

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He imagines a bigger stadium. He imagines a bigger league. He imagines being No. 1 in both. Bill Edwards, man of vision, announced his dual ambitions on Tuesday night, making sure that his Tampa Bay Rowdies are a big-league soccer team. He announced he will immediately start to purse a franchise in the MLS. He also announced he has plans to turn Al Lang Stadium into a stadium that will seat 18,500 fans, roughly three times the current capacity. Edwards…

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