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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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Rowdies’ Joe Cole featured among NASL’s Best players

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Midfielder Joe Cole of the Tampa Bay Rowdies has been named to the NASL’s Best XI, the league has announced. Cole played in 24 matches. He scored nine goals, second on the team, and had seven assists, second in the league. Cole, 35, played for Chelsea FC and West Ham in England. He was the only Rowdies’ player represented.

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Tampa Bay Rowdies make right decision moving from NASL

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced Tuesday a move to the United Soccer League (USL) from the North American Soccer League (NASL). The move — anticipated for weeks — sent shockwaves through American soccer fandom. NASL is a designated Division 2 league while USL is a designated division 3 league by the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF). Divisional designations aside, USL currently looks a much safer long-term bet for a club like the Rowdies with a rich history and unlimited ambition. It…

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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 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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Georgi Hristov scores twice to lead Rowdies to third straight win

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies completed the Dream Week Saturday night. The Rowdies beat Ottawa, 2-1, for their third win in eight days. Georgi Hristov scored both goals, and the Rowdies’ defense was good enough to hold Ottawa to only one. Ottawa tied the game at the 49-minute mark, but three minutes later, Joe Cole fed Hristov with a perfect lead for his second goal of the game. This time, the Rowdies made that stand. “It was the perfect response,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “We spoke at halftime…

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Tampa Bay thinks it made a great signing in England’s Joe Cole

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Bigger than Pele? Bigger than Franz Beckenbauer? Bigger than everyone? The Tampa Bay Rowdies have made a significicant addition to their soccer team in signing English player Joe Cole. It may well have been historic. “I think this is the most significant player to be signed by the NASL in its history,” said Rowdies owner Bill Edwards at Tuesday’s introductory press conference. “You have a lot of guys who come in, who are stars, but in their late 30s or turning…

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