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Tampa Bay Rowdies sign Stefan Antonijevic to new contract

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies signed defender Stefan Antonijevic to a new contract, the club announced Tuesday. Antonijevic is now signed through the 2016 season, with the Tampa Bay Rowdies holding a club option for 2017.

Contract details were not disclosed.

Antonijevic made 21 appearances for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2015, logging 1,823 minutes and scoring once. He earned a spot in the North American Soccer League Team of the Week four times in 2015, more than any other player on the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ roster. He also earned the title of Player of the Week in week one of the Spring Season.

“We’re happy Stefan will continue on with the Tampa Bay Rowdies after a he had a good season for us last year,” Tampa Bay Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said in a statement. “He started the season very well last year and was unfortunate to pick up one or two little injuries at the start of the Fall Season, but he was still able to end the season pretty well. I’m looking for him to build on it in the coming year.”

At 6-foot-6, Antonijevic is one of the premier set-piece defenders in the NASL, as well as a constant threat on offensive set pieces. His lone goal in 2015 came on a Georgi Hristov corner kick April 4 in a 3-1 win over San Antonio.

“I’m ecstatic to be back with the Tampa Bay Rowdies,” Antonijevic said. “We came so close to fulfilling our team goals last season, so we’ve got plenty to build off of as we head into 2016. I’m excited to be a part of this organization and I’m looking forward to putting our best foot forward. With some of the signings we’ve made already this offseason, it’s an exciting time to be a part of the Tampa Bay Rowdies.”

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