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MLS Commissioner’s deadline on Miami stadium could be good news for Bill Edwards, Rowdies

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Bill Edwards’ effort to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to St. Petersburg may have received a major boost from MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Last week, the Miami Herald reported that Garber put a time limit on the prospective MLS stadium in Miami set up by superstar soccer player David Beckham. “There is a deadline on the Miami deal,” Garber told reporters in Toronto. And if Beckham fails to meet that as-yet-unspecified deadline, MLS owners may have to turn to…

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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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Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards speaks out on bad referee calls

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Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards took the unprecedented step of commenting directly about referees as the club released a video of alleged blown officials calls in the wake of Tampa Bay’s 2-2 draw with the New York Cosmos this past weekend. The match was marred by several controversial calls, as did in many previous games between these two clubs. From the vantage point of many Rowdies fans and even some neutrals, those calls have tended through time to benefit…

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Bill Edwards hushes speculation that he’s vying for Major League Soccer in St. Pete

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Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards is rejecting speculation that he’s posturing St. Pete and Al Lang Stadium as a potential home for Major League Soccer. “With respect to the Tampa Bay Times blog post about the MLS, that discussion is premature and not part of the Rowdies present plans,” Edwards said. The post in the Tampa Bay Times’ Bay Buzz references past statements from Edwards showing interest in attracting MLS to St. Pete. It also references Edwards’ push to…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies host leading MLS clubs in preseason Suncoast Invitational

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Some of the biggest soccer stars in North America are coming to Tampa Bay in February to participate in the Tampa Bay Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, a brand-new preseason exhibition series unlike any the Tampa Bay area has ever hosted. The Tampa Bay Rowdies, along with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, New York City FC, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC will participate in the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, which will be played on Feb. 17 through Feb. 27. The…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies to open 2016 preseason against D.C. United

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have lined up an exciting match to open their 2016 preseason schedule, securing a game against four-time MLS Cup champion D.C. United. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Al Lang Stadium. Rowdies fans will get their first look at the revamped roster against one of North America’s most prestigious teams. The game is a chance for the green and gold to begin their on-field preparations for a run at the North American Soccer League’s Championship…

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