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The time is right: Embrace Bill Edwards’ bold vision for Rowdies, Al Lang Stadium

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I like Bill Edwards’ bold plan to privately finance an $80 million renovation of Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg. I like his swagger in going hard to land a spot in Major League Soccer for his Tampa Bay Rowdies to play in that stadium. I would even go so far to say that the Rowdies and St. Petersburg are a perfect marriage of a city on the move and a sport that Americans increasingly embrace. Then again, what’s…

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Bill Edwards seeking control of Fort Lauderdale Strikers after team defaults on loan

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Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards could be soon adding another soccer team to his lineup — the Fort Lauderdale Strikers — after the team failed to pay back several thousand dollars in loans. In a complaint filed Nov. 17 in Pinellas County’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Edwards says his Marketing Solution Publications loaned the Strikers $450,000 in mid-2016. The Strikers is the DBA name of the Miami FC professional football club. After the team allegedly claimed to lack funds for…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies acquire NASL standout from Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have acquired one of the most exciting young players in the North American Soccer League, obtaining midfielder Victor Giro “PC” from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers via transfer pending USSF approval.  The midfielder’s contract runs through the end of the NASL season with an option for the 2017 season. Per club and league policy, further details were not disclosed. Victor Pagliari Giro, 22 and known exclusively as “PC,” had been with the Strikers since the start of the…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies sign midfielder Walter Ramirez

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have added midfielder Walter Ramirez to a one-year contract, the club said Thursday. Per club and league policy, no further contract details were disclosed. A wide midfielder, Ramirez joins the Rowdies after spending the past two seasons with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. He brings to the team a depth of knowledge of the North American Soccer League. Ramirez, 32, has played for the San Antonio Scorpions, Indy Eleven and the Strikers in his NASL career, spanning…

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Rowdies midfielder Richard Menjivar named NASL player of the week

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With the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ postseason hopes hanging in the balance, midfielder Richard Menjivar came through in the clutch, scoring the game-winner in a 1-0 triumph over the Carolina RailHawks Saturday. Menjivar’s performance not only vaulted the Rowdies back into pole position in the race for the final postseason spot – it also netted the Salvadoran international North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week honors. “I’m excited to be named Player of the Week, but more than anything,…

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