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Rowdies draw in Joe Cole’s debut after winning goal disallowed

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The script was perfect. The comeback was complete. The debut was perfect. And, for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, it was all waved off. The Rowdies, one call away from a memorable comeback, instead settled for a 1-1 draw with Rayo Oklahoma City, which was playing only the sixth game of its history. That tie was a bit of a letdown, considering that it was the debut of midfielder Joe Cole. It was Cole whose free kick was re-directed into the…

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Rowdies’ Tommy Heinemann had to work to use his head in soccer

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A sphere heads toward your head, fast and hard. What do you do? Probably, you duck. That’s human instinct, after all. It happens in baseball, and it happens in basketball, and it happens in dodgeball. But not in soccer. In soccer, you let the ball slam into your head, and you try to direct the carom. In soccer, you figure, it’s what heads are for. Take for instance, Tommy Heinemann of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, who drove the winning goal…

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Goalie Matt Pickens stops penalty kick to lead Rowdies’ victory

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The clock was all but dead. The game, however, was still in the balance. And Matt Pickens came through. Pickens stopped a penalty shot in the dying seconds of Saturday night’s game, enabling the Tampa Bay Rowdies to win a 1-0 game over Edmonton. It was Tampa Bay’s first victory of the year after two draws. Officials had called a hand ball on Neill Collins in extra time, allowing Edmonton one final chance to get a tie. But Pickens dove…

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Rowdies win first game of preseason by coming back to beat USF

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Finally, goals. Finally, victory. The Tampa Bay Rowdies won their first game of the preseason Saturday night as they came from behind and beat USF, 3-1, in the late stages of their exhibition game at Corbett Stadium. Tommy Heinemann came off the bench and a had a goal and two assists to lead the Rowdies’ victory. Tampa Bay had begun its preseason 0-2-1, playing Montreal to a 0-0 tie and losing 1-0 to D.C. United and 2-0 to Philadelphia. USF…

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