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Goalie Matt Pickens stops penalty kick to lead Rowdies’ victory

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The clock was all but dead. The game, however, was still in the balance. And Matt Pickens came through. Pickens stopped a penalty shot in the dying seconds of Saturday night’s game, enabling the Tampa Bay Rowdies to win a 1-0 game over Edmonton. It was Tampa Bay’s first victory of the year after two draws. Officials had called a hand ball on Neill Collins in extra time, allowing Edmonton one final chance to get a tie. But Pickens dove…

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Rowdies struggle in loss to Indy, but still in combined race

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As it turns out, the Tampa Bay Rowdies aren’t playing well in the middle of the week, either. The Rowdies lost 2-0 to the Indy 11, one of the few teams that had been ranked below Tampa Bay in this stumbling Fall Season. The Rowdies fell to 10th of the NASL’s 11 teams in the Fall, losing despite returning to goalkeeper Matt Pickens. The teams were scoreless going into the 60th minute when Dane Richards scored. Erick Norales added a…

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Rowdies drill Silverbacks, finish in second

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Their biggest victory of the season was not enough to catch the New York Cosmos Saturday night, but the Tampa Bay Rowdies nonetheless won a decisive victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks to conclude their spring season. The Rowdies won 3-0, getting goals from Corey Hertzog, Martin Nunez and Georgi Hristov in the victory. Goaltender Matt Pickens recorded his third shutout of the year. “We wanted to get into the break with a win,” Rowdies’ coach Thomas Rongen said. “Somewhere in the…

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Rowdies’ goalkeeper Matt Pickens wants to leave them frustrated

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His favorite moment on the pitch is not in the instant he has made an incredible save. His favorite moment is not walking off with a shutout in his grasp. His favorite moment is not to silence the jeers of the opposing fans, or out-shoulder an opposing poacher, or turning a threatening shot into just another deflection. No, for Tampa Bay Rowdies’ goalkeeper Matt Pickens, the favorite moment of all is a slice of the game that comes in the…

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Robert Hernandez big enough in key moment for Rowdies

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He is small, but he is fast. On the other hand, so is a dagger. Robert Hernandez, all 5-5 and 145 pounds of him, spurted in between two defenders from the Lauderdale Strikers and tapped in the only goal of the night in the 55th minute, leading the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 1-0 victory against their cross-state rivals. As it turned out, one goal was plenty as keeper Matt Pickens recorded his second consecutive shutout in front of a…

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