Category Tampa Bay Rowdies

Latest I-4 derby between Tampa Bay and Orlando set for March 25 in St Petersburg

The Tampa Bay Rowdies will open the 2017 United Soccer League season at home on Saturday, March 25 against Orlando City B at Al Lang Stadium in St Petersburg. USL announced today all 2017 home openers, which will be highlighted by the Rowdies match against Orlando. This will be the first renewal of the I-4 […]

What does the Times Square billboard tell us about the Rowdies MLS’ bid?

Tuesday morning the soccer social media world was abuzz with discussion of the Tampa Bay Rowdies Times Square billboard for the #MLS2StPete bid.  What do we make of the billboard – in a word, BRASH!  MLS has historically been a league where conformity is king and rocking the boat is seen as a a detriment […]

MLS returning to St Petersburg this February

 The second annual Rowdies Suncoast Invitational is set to return to the sunshine of St. Petersburg this February, with five Major League Soccer clubs set to compete alongside the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Al Lang Stadium will host five total matches in the tournament with a doubleheader on Saturday, February 18 and a tripleheader on Saturday, […]

US Soccer “war” temporary truce – how it impacts Florida

Five of Florida’s six men’s pro soccer clubs were impacted directly by the ongoing United States Soccer Federation (USSF) sanctioning saga at the lower division level the past three months. In the end the North American Soccer League (NASL) the long-standing USSF-sanctioned Division 2 has lost full sanctioning and now is a provisionally sanctioned D2, […]

Tampa Bay Rowdies sign Orlando City SC legend and fan favorite Luke Boden

The I-4 derby just got more interesting.  The Tampa Bay Rowdies signed Luke Boden an English left back who had played every season of Orlando City SC’s existence with the club. Boden’s signing with the Rowdies means they have essentially swapped left backs with Orlando City after PC went the other way earlier this week.  From […]

Orlando City signs Fort Lauderdale’s Lion tamer PC

Orlando City SC replaced the released Lion original Luke Boden on Wednesday by signing Victor ‘PC’ Giro to a four-year contract. As someone who first covered and then worked with “PC” during his stint in Fort Lauderdale, I am thrilled for him personally. PC spent the later portion of the 2016 NASL season with Tampa Bay […]

New Project – Florida soccer, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Fort Lauderdale from 2011 to 2017

More details to come in the near future but I am launching a project in the next month (subject to legal restrictions) that will compare and contrast the fortunes of the three long-term Florida professional soccer clubs – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Orlando City SC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. In late 2010, the NASL/USL split […]

Rowdies sign Lakeland native and UNF product

The Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed Alex Morrel for the 2017 USL season. Morrell, 22, is a Lakeland native that joins the Rowdies from Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire. He spent part of last season in the USL on loan to St. Louis FC. Morrell will wear the No. 9 jersey for the Rowdies. “We’re […]

Wolfsburg cancels January Florida first team visit

As first reported by ESPNFC and confirmed by our own sources, Volkswagen corporate club VfL Wolfsburg of the German Bundesliga has cancelled its January visit to Orlando and St Petersburg. The Bundesliga club was scheduled to play the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium on January 8 before facing Bahia in Orlando on January […]

Could the Tampa Bay Rowdies replace David Beckham’s Miami as MLS Team #24?

On Thursday, Major League Soccer announced the list of the 10 locales that are in the running for Major League Soccer clubs 25-28. Miami which was originally slated as team 20 or 21 has slipped to 24 and from the outside view is nowhere closer to securing a team than they were in 2013 – […]