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Rowdies hope new energy will lead to better results in 2017

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There are new faces. There is a new league. There is new energy. But for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the burning question is simple: Will they be better than they were a year ago? For the Rowdies, whose roster is almost complete, that is the burning question. The Rowdies were only ninth in the NASL a year ago, going 9-12-11. This year, however, the Rowdies are in the USL. This year, however, the Rowdies will have star midfielder Joe Cole…

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Rowdies latest re-signings include Tamika Mikandawire, Matt Pickens for ’17

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies, in the middle of tweaking next year’s lineup, have brought back the captain and the keeper. The Rowdies announced the re-signings of captain Tamika Mkandawire, a defender, and goalkeeper Matt Pickens. The Rowdies now have signed 10 players equaling 24 seasons of service to the team. Since joining the club midway through the 2014 season, Mkandawire has appeared in 75 matches in League and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play. He served as club captain in 2016,…

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Rowdies remain in the race with 1-0 victory over Carolina

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies, who have had trouble scoring all season long, managed only one goal Saturday night. That was plenty. The Rowdies picked up three points with a 1-0 victory over the Carolina Railhawks. Eric Avila scored his third goal of the year to lift the Rowdies, getting the goal after an assist from Darnell King. “It’s great to be back home playing in front of our fans,” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “They were superb again tonight the way they supported us, the noise they…

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Joe Cole scores twice as Rowdies end a scoreless streak in win

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Officially, it was only 317 minutes. It just felt like an eternity. Regardless, the Tampa Bay Rowdies are finally back on the scoreboard after Joe Cole scored twice in the team’s 2-0 win over Rayo OKC Saturday night. “It’s good to finally get the reward for our performance,” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “I’ve stood here too often saying, ‘Well, we played really well but (didn’t get a result).’ Tonight we played really well again but got the result. It’s…

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Rowdies Matt Pickens again stops penalty kick for victory

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When things are going badly, when things are at the worst, the Tampa Bay Rowdies always have the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to rely on. Take Saturday night, when the Rowdies won a 2-1 game to break a two game losing (and scoreless) streak. Tampa Bay has a 14-4-6 lead against their rival Strikers. This one involved going ahead 2-0, then having goalkeeper Matt Pickens save a penalty kick against Jose Angulo in the 89th minute. It was the second such save of the year for Pickens. “The pressure is…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies lose 1-0 on defensive misplay by goalie Matt Pickens

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One mistake, and it cost the Tampa Bay Rowdies a game. The Rowdies fell 1-0 to Rayo OKC in a midweek contest Wednesday night. In the 43rd minute, Tampa Bay goaltender Matt Pickett came out to play a ball and mishandled it, leading to a scoring header by Billy Forbes. The Rowdies played without head coach Stuart Campbell and assistant coach Raoul Voss, who were both serving one-game suspensions. Assistant coach Stuart Dobson served as the Rowdies head coach. “I…

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Rowdies’ Matt Pickens shuts out another opponent in team’s 1-0 Cup victory

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One goal was plenty for the Tampa Bay Rowdies Wednesday night. With Matt Pickens in goal, it usually is. The Rowdies beat FC Cincinnati of the USL in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night, winning 1-0 behind Pickens. The win means the Rowdies will play the Columbus Crew of the MLS next week. Pickens was strong in net again for the victory, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone. The Rowdies have won four games this season, and Pickens has…

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