Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tampa Bay Rowdies

Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

SAINT PETERSBURG — When describing the loss of defender David Najem, Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell and the player who will replace Najem chose the same word.Gutted.That settled over the Rowdies last weekend, one that was bad enough based o...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Georgi Hristov closing in on Derek Smethurst’s Rowdies record

Georgi Hristov closing in on Derek Smethurst’s Rowdies record

BRANDON — Derek Smethurst didn’t expect to be a Rowdie for long.As an established player in the English Premier League, he signed a contract to play for the 1975 expansion team in Tampa Bay in the new North American Soccer League. His plan was to spe...
Published: 04/06/18
Updated: 04/07/18
Rowdies shut out at Louisville

Rowdies shut out at Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A 69th-minute goal by Louisville City FC was the difference in a 1-0 loss by the Rowdies on Saturday.Oscar Jimenez took a pass from Paolo Delpiccolo and put the ball past goalkeeper Cody Mizell for the defending USL ...
Updated one month ago
Rowdies’ career scorer Derek Smethurst ready to see his record broken

Rowdies’ career scorer Derek Smethurst ready to see his record broken

BRANDON — Derek Smethurst didn't expect to be a Rowdie for long.As an established player in the English Premier League, he signed a contract to play for the 1975 expansion team in Tampa Bay in the newly established North American Soccer League....
Updated one month ago
Five reasons why Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo

Five reasons why Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo

Best players in the world come and go, usually peaking for two or three years. We love them; they decline, we move on. For more than a decade, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have spoiled soccer fans with a level of play that no other player on th...
Updated one month ago

Rowdies hope to match last season’s home dominance

ST. PETERSBURG — It will be hard to expect the Rowdies to top their home performance from last season, but that's exactly what captain Joe Cole has in mind."We lost one game here last year. And we want to improve on that," Cole said Friday. "No...
Updated one month ago
A good problem to have: scoring options aplenty for Rowdies

A good problem to have: scoring options aplenty for Rowdies

ST. PETERSBURG — Scoring wasn't a problem for the Tampa Bay Rowdies last year, but as the new United Soccer League season commences, they're still set on improving.The offensive options are abundant, if to the detriment of coach Stuart Campbell...
Updated one month ago
Bill Edwards says he’s not selling the Rowdies; searching for an ownership group

Bill Edwards says he’s not selling the Rowdies; searching for an ownership group

Rowdies owner Bill Edwards disputed a report Monday that he is selling the soccer team, insisting that he instead is looking to bolster his ownership group."We are looking to put together an ownership group, and we have five or six groups talking to ...
Updated: 2 months ago

Boys soccer: Lucas Gobea’s hat trick propels Jesuit

TAMPA — With an eye on leading his team deep into the playoffs this season, Jesuit sophomore and top scorer Lucas Gobea was determined to get things going when his first shot on goal was deflected off the crossbar by Osceola goalie Gabe Kraja. When h...
Updated: 2 months ago

Boys soccer: Shorecrest recaptures missing district title

LARGO — After a disappointing early exit from the Class A, District 6 tournament last season, Shorecrest Prep’s mission Saturday night was twofold — to climb its way back to the summit while defeating the team that took its place, St. Petersburg Cath...
Updated: 3 months ago