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Rowdies, Fury FC play to scoreless draw in Ottawa

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies couldn’t have asked for a better start to Saturday afternoon’s match against the Ottawa Fury FC at TD Place. Until the assistant referee intervened, anyway. Justin Chavez appeared to give the Rowdies a lead in the fourth minute, heading home a Michael Nanchoff corner kick, but the goal was called off due to the positioning of Leo Fernandes, who was standing in front of Ottawa goalkeeper Callum Irving and may have shielded his vision from an…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies finalize 2017 Opening Day roster

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies round out their roster by signing three more players ahead of next weekend’s season opener, pending league and federation approval. Forward Martin Paterson, goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald and defender Kyle Porter have all earned contracts after lengthy trials with the Rowdies. The trio arrived in February to train with Tampa Bay and play in preseason matches. Paterson, 29, has appeared in four matches as a trialist and scored the Rowdies’ game-winning goal against the University of Tampa…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies retain midfielder Justin Chavez for 2016 season

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Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Justin Chavez will be back under the Al Lang Stadium lights in 2016, the team announced Thursday. Chavez, who was described by the team as one of its “hardest working” and “most versatile players in 2015,” signed a one-year contract with the club, joining goalkeeper Chris Glodack and midfielders Jeff Michaud, Verneri Välimaa, and Juan Guerra, who also signed one-year deals for the 2016 season. Although a natural midfielder, Chavez played in each back line spot…

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