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Rowdies officially name Stuart Campbell to coach them out of slump

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have a new, younger look. The Rowdies named Stuart Campbell, 37, as their head coach on Thursday, replacing the fired Thomas Rongen in an effort to stop their slide in the NASL’s Fall Season. Campbell served as interim coach in a 3-1 loss to Minnesota Saturday night, drawing favorable reviews from the Rowdies over the way he had handled the team. Campbell has been with the Rowdies since December of 2012, first as a defensive player,…

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Rowdies’ Edwards says his clock is ticking faster than ex-team bosses

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In the end, Bill Edwards did not see enough from the Tampa Bay Rowdies. And so, in an effort to jump-start his sagging soccer team, he made changes. Edwards has fired head coach Thomas Rongen and general manager Farrukh Quraishi. Stuart Campbell will serve as the Rowdies’ interim coach in their game against Minnesota Saturday night. “We had differences of opinions,” Edwards said on You Tube. “Their opinions were they had a five-year plan. I have a one-year plan. I’m…

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Freddy Adu makes his debut for the Rowdies in a 3-1 loss to the Strikers

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ST. PETERSBURG — The stage was set for one of those movie-script stories. It was extra time, and the home team trailed by one in its rivalry game, and the ball was on the foot of Freddy Adu. Already, he had an assist, and he came into the box, darting and weaving. He lifted the ball up softly toward the goal… and it was tipped away for a corner kick. Fourteen minutes into his Tampa Bay Rowdies era, and Adu…

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Rowdies announce the signing of soccer star Freddy Adu

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And without further ado, Adu. The Tampa Bay Rowdies have announced a contract, pending International Transfer Clearance, with well-known soccer star Freddy Adu, a player who has been in the highlights since being selected No. 1 in the draft when he was 14. In those days, it was common to refer to Adu as “the next Pele.” Adu played for Rowdies coach Thomas Rongen on the U.S. Under 20 team, and once scored three goals in a game against Poland.…

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Rowdies still have a shot after shorthanded victory

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They stayed alive, bless their short little hands. The Tampa Bay Rowdies, still clinging to one final hope in the spring NASL season, at least kept their possibilities alive Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium, beating Edmonton 2-1 to take over second place in the league standings. The Rowdies now trail the New York Cosmos by three points in the league standings. To win the title, Tampa Bay would have to beat Atlanta, which is tied for last 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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Rowdies give up late goal, settle for draw with Indy

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Don’t talk to Tampa Bay Rowdies coach Thomas Rongen  about time flying. To him, there are nights when it must seem as if it is standing still. For the second time in three days, the Rowdies gave up a goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time and it cost them. This time, Tampa Bay gave up the equalizer in a 2-2 tie with the last-place Indy 11. Wednesday night, they gave up the game’s only goal in 1-0 loss…

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