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Rowdies’ Georgi Hristov gets hat trick in big win over Strikers

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Geogi, Georgi, Georgi. Say it three times, one for each goal scored by the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ forward on Saturday night against the rival Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The Rowdies won 4-1, moving into seventh place in the NASL. They still have a shot at the playoffs. Georgi Hristov scored the first hat trick in the history of the Rowdies in the win. It was a bit more bad news for Fort Lauderdale, whose future is in financial doubt. Hristov scored…

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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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Rowdies add another midfielder in Victor ‘P.C.’ Giro

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies, it seems, are never quite finished with their roster. The Rowdies have acquired midfielder Victor Giro from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, adding to their impressive group of midfielders. His contract runs through the season with an option for 2017. Giro, 22 and known exclusively as “PC,” had been with the Strikers since the start of the 2015 season. He originally joined the Strikers on loan from Brazilian powerhouse Corinthians. “PC is a fantastic addition to our…

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Header by Neill Collins lifts Rowdies to 1-0 win over Strikers

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For the Tampa Bay Rowies, there is no bad time to beat the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Saturday night, however, was a better time than most. The Rowdies won 1-0 over the Strikers Saturday night, getting a goal in the 79th minute from Neill Collins. The win moves Tampa Bay into a tie for third place, one points behind Minnesota and tied with Indy. “It was crucial for us,” Tampa Bay Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell said. “We were disappointed with…

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Rowdies eliminated from playoffs as Fort Lauderdale beats Jacksonville

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In the end, the Tampa Bay Rowdies fell just short. The Rowdies were eliminated from post-season Sunday afternoon when the Fort Lauderdale Strikers beat the Jacksonville Armada 1-0. The Rowdies will now play top-seeded New York –which won 2-0 over Tampa Bay Saturday night – while Ottawa plays Minnesota. For Tampa Bay, the finish had to be a bit disappointing, but understandable. The Rowdies were second in the Spring Season, but fell to eighth in the Fall. The Rowdies and…

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Rowdies climb back to playoff contention with big victory

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The season is still alive for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Rowdies, despite a disappointing Fall Season, moved back into title contention Saturday night with a 2-0 victory over San Antonio. Tampa Bay reclaimed fourth place in the Overall Standings, using their victory and a 2-0 loss by Fort Lauderdale to Ottawa. Tampa Bay won despite a disappointing beginning when it had two first-half goals disallowed in its victory. The victory was the Rowdies’ third, plus a tie, in its…

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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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