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Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Maicon Santos making the most of second chance

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For Maicon Santos, these are the days of his rebirth. There is always something sweet in the story of a second chance, of a fresh canvas. Santos’ story is one of those. Perhaps, he will help to turn it into the fresh hope of the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Look at Santos now, running free and easy, covering ground, attacking the net. He scored two goals and had an assist against the Jacksonville Armada Saturday night in a 3-2 victory, and…

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Rowdies snap three-game losing streak with tie against Carolina

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Well, it beats losing. The Tampa Bay Rowdies tied the Carolina Railhawks Saturday night, 1-1, ending a three-game losing streak in the NASL. The Rowdies, who have been challenged offensively for most of the season, have only four goals in the Fall Season. This time, they got a go-ahead goal from Georgi Hristov, who scored on a one-timer on a cross from Darnell King. The Railhawks tied the score three minutes later, however, on a goal by Mark Anderson. Neither…

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After another shutout, Rowdies’ Thomas Rongen vows changes

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Shortly after he lost a game when a ball caromed off one of his best player’s faces, Tampa Bay Rowdies’ coach Thomas Rongen said it was time for some new ones. In the aftermath of the Rowdies’ 1-0 loss to FC Edmonton, Rongen vowed to shuffle the deck with his players before next week’s game against Fort Lauderdale. He talked of introducing several new players to his lineup, including newly signed sensation Freddy Adu “provided he has a good week.”…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies suffer their worst defeat of the season

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies suffered their worst defeat of the season Saturday night in San Antonio, losing 3-0 to the San Antonio Scorpions. Omar Cummings scored two goals in seven minutes in the second half, breaking open a tight game and leading the Scorpions to their lopsided win. The loss ended an eight-game unbeaten streak by the Rowdies, who still lead the NASL in the combined standings. The disappointment was being shut out, of course. Corey Hertzog had a chance…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies want just a bit more as fall season begins

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As the Tampa Bay Rowdies begin their fall season, there is a simple goal in mind. Just a little bit more. Just a little bit better. The Rowdies had a fairly successful spring season, finishing in second place, one point behind the New York Cosmos in the NASL Standings with 19 points. But with that comes the knowledge that if it had turned any of its ties into a victory, it could have claimed the title. The Rowdies will play…

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Rowdies’ Maicon Santos looks forward to return, to chasing Cosmos

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The way Maicon Santos looks at it, the task is fairly simple. The Rowdies win by three. The Cosmos lose by three. Just that. Okay, okay. It’s a big chore. The Tampa Bay Rowdies have only scored three goals in a game once all year, and they haven’t beaten anyone by that many. Still, it’s a shot, which no other team in the NASL has, so Tampa Bay will take it. “It’s not impossible,” said forward Santos, the team’s leading…

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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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