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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 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 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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Rowdies draw 1-1 in Spring finale against Jacksonville Armada

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The Spring season title was probably too much to ask, but their final game of the first half was still frustrating for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Tampa Bay, needing to win a 6-1 match, instead drew a 1-1 game with the Jacksonville Armada to leave it two points shy in the standings. The Rowdies had several chances but did not convert. “I’m frustrated by the result,” Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell said. “We created lots of opportunities. Their keeper made…

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Rowdies sign 3-time English Premier League champ Joe Cole

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Three-time English Premier League champion Joe Cole has signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, pending ITC approval. Cole’s contract with the Rowdies as a midfielder will run through the end of the 2017 North American Soccer League Season, with a club option for 2018. “Joe is a fantastic player, a player I know well from my time in England,” said Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell. “His experience not just on the field, but off it, is invaluable for us. One…

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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 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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