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Tampa Bay Rowdies begin final push against league-leading Ottawa

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With a month to go in the season, the Tampa Bay Rowdies would like to think of this as the time to make a final playoff push.

This week, however, it won’t be easy.

The Rowdies of coach Stuart Campbell, whose team is on a 1-3-1 slide, play host to the league’s top team in the Ottawa Fury, a team that tops the standings in both the Fall and Combined seasons. Ottawa has scored 31 goals in the Fall, almost twice as many as Tampa Bay’s 16.

Give the Rowdies credit for this. They’ve tried to shore up their roster as the season has gone along. They’ve added Freddie Adu, Long Tan and, this week, Willie Hunt in an effort to make a difference in the standings.

Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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