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Tampa Bay Rowdies host leading MLS clubs in preseason Suncoast Invitational

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Some of the biggest soccer stars in North America are coming to Tampa Bay in February to participate in the Tampa Bay Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, a brand-new preseason exhibition series unlike any the Tampa Bay area has ever hosted.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies, along with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, New York City FC, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC will participate in the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, which will be played on Feb. 17 through Feb. 27.

The event will provide a chance to see MLS stars such as Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, David Villa, Sebastian Giovinco, Bobby Boswell, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Fabian Espindola, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan and more take the field along with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

In addition to participating in the Tampa Bay Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, the Montreal Impact will hold a preseason training camp hosted by the Rowdies from Feb. 15-28. During that time, the Impact will call Al Lang Stadium home, using the field, locker room and gym facilities alongside the Rowdies.

2016 will be the second year the Philadelphia Union will base their preseason training camp at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater.

In addition to first-class exhibition matches that will help prepare the teams for their 2016 regular seasons, the Tampa Bay Rowdies Suncoast Invitational offers Pinellas County and soccer fans throughout the Tampa Bay area the chance to see six MLS clubs in action.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these MLS teams to St. Petersburg,” said Rowdies owner Bill Edwards.  “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring some of the world’s best soccer talent home to our fans.  I am grateful to the City of Clearwater, the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission and all involved in making this invitational a reality.  I look forward to it becoming an annual soccer tradition.”

Tickets will be complimentary for 2016 Tampa Bay Rowdies season ticket holders for all matches. Single-day tickets will allow access to both events on any particular day.

For games at Al Lang Stadium, Midfielder’s Club or Reserved seats that will get you just feet away from all the stars are available for $20. Seating in the main stadium bowl is $15 while youth tickets are $10.

General admission tickets for the Feb. 24 matches at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex are $15 for adults and $10 for youth.

Tickets to all matches will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

Match Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Al Lang Stadium
D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union, 4 p.m.
New York City FC vs Montreal Impact, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20 – Al Lang Stadium
D.C. United vs Montreal Impact, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex
Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact, 4 p.m.
New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 27 – Al Lang Stadium
Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Montreal Impact, 7 p.m.
*match schedule subject to change

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