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Rowdies eliminated in U.S. Open Cup play

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Well, that didn’t last long. The Tampa Bay Rowdies hopes of contending for the US Open Cup were ended quickly and scorelessly Wednesday night when the team lost a 1-0 decision to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Pittsburgh broke a scoreless tie in stoppage time when Rob Vincent blasted a shot into the lower right hard corner of the net. Vincent had stumbled as he crossed the midfield stripe, then regained his balance and shot, the ball eluding goalkeeper Matt Pickens. 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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Missing the Rowdies opener is no anniversary gift

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I am not going to the Tampa Bay Rowdies opener tonight. I could just kick myself. There is a buzz in the air about the Rowdies opener. Maybe it says terrible things about me, or about the team, but I don’t remember a buzz for last year’s game. Or the year before’s. Or the year before that one. If nothing else, however, the Rowdies have earned themselves another look with all of the improvements. Have you seen Al Lang? The…

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Gary Shelton: Rowdies coach went a long way to find growth

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There are new seats behind him. There is fresh paint in front of him. The slogans of a team are around him. The sound of an earthmover beeps as it hurries through the day. For Thomas Rongen, it seems as good a spot as any to talk about growth. Of a sport. Of a team. Of a man. Rongen, 58, sits on a bench at Al Lang Field, and the sailboats drift past. The Tampa Bay Rowdies team he coaches has…

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