Category: Tampa Bay Rowdies

From NASL to USL, Tampa Bay Rowdies passion still runs strong

On a picture-perfect Florida spring evening this past Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rowdies hosted Louisville City at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. For this, my very first visit to Al Lang Stadium, I found that there’s a lot to love about the stadium, and the fans that fill it. Sitting on the edge of a bay with a cool breeze blowing through the stands, you’d be hard pressed to find a more picturesque stadium in all of the United States. And just as the stadium has plenty of character, so too do the fans with an age range from ... Read more

Joe Cole signs for Tampa Bay Rowdies

Miami (AFP) – Former England and Chelsea star Joe Cole has signed a deal with US second tier side the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the club said Wednesday. The 34-year-old attacking midfielder joins the North American Soccer League (NASL) team on a deal which runs through to the end of the 2017 season. The club has an option for 2018. No further contract details were revealed. “Joe is a fantastic player, a player I know well from my time in England,” said Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell. “His experience not just on the field, but off it, is invaluable for us. ... Read more

Freddy Adu given opportunity to salvage his career at Tampa Bay Rowdies

Freddy Adu’s career trajectory has gone off the rails in the past few years. The one-time American prodigy who was compared to the greats of the game at a young age has cycled through club after club all over the globe during the past eight years. Adu hasn’t been capped for the US Men’s National Team since 2011. A move to Thomas Rongen’s Tampa Bay Rowdies seems like a last-ditch effort to salvage Adu’s waning career. Playing in the second tier of American soccer, Tampa Bay is an ambitious club whose marketing prowess and spending on players is unrivaled outside ... Read more

Tampa Bay Rowdies strike partnership with Brazilian club São Paulo FC

The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced a landmark historic partnership with Brazilian club São Paulo FC on Tuesday. According to a Rowdies club statement, “today [marks] a historic international partnership, that will strengthen both clubs’ visions of developing youth and professional players in the Americas and abroad.” “Welcome to the modern era of the Tampa Bay Rowdies,” said principal owner Bill Edwards. “We have a new coach, new players and a practically new stadium where we are undefeated. The Rowdies and the entire NASL are breaking attendance records and we are growing stronger every day. The only way to continue this ... Read more

Listen to Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers from 7:30pm ET tonight

One of the most historic rivalries in US soccer kicks off tonight when the Tampa Bay Rowdies hosts the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in a NASL game. Kickoff time is 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT. Tonight’s game will be the first Florida derby of the year. Plus the game will be part of the Coastal Cup. The teams are neck and neck in the league with the Rowdies currently third in the table, while the Strikers are fourth. Here’s where you can watch the game on TV and/or Internet: U.S. (National) – ESPN3TampaBay/St. Petersburg (Local) – Great 38Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East – ESPN ... Read more

Interview with Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Francisco Marcos about international development

Francisco Marcos (left) and Tampa Bay Rowdies Team Owner Bill Edwards (right) USL Founder Francisco Marcos was recently hired by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of NASL to lead the club’s international development effort. Marcos, who for over four decades has been one of the most influential people in the development of both the professional and elite youth game in the United States, began his professional life in the Tampa Bay area in 1974, preparing for the launch of the Rowdies the following year. In the mid 1980’s, following the collapse of the NASL, Marcos started USL and served as the ... Read more

Marcos Senna and Raul shine in New York Cosmos win against Tampa Bay

In a rebirth of the rivalry which defined the 1970s of North American professional soccer, the New York Cosmos played host to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in their NASL Spring Season home opener on Saturday night. Reintroduced to the league in 2013, the Cosmos are currently top of the NASL table, winning two of their opening three matches and drawing the other. Following a difficult away draw with Indy Eleven, the Cosmos were eager to make the right start at home in front of its modern era record crowd of 12,550. And they did just that. Despite the crowd being dominated ... Read more

New York Cosmos and Rowdies to renew one of the biggest US soccer rivalries Saturday

Professional soccer in the United States is still relatively young when compared to that of other countries across the globe, but a few major traditional rivalries have developed through the years. Perhaps the biggest cross-sectional rivalry in the USA is the matchup between the New York Cosmos and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. First played in 1975, it was the rivalry that defined the late 1970’s in the North American Soccer League (NASL). The rivalry will be renewed on Saturday night in New York (7:00 pm ET, One World Sports and Sling International) with first place in the ten match NASL Spring ... Read more