ST. PETERSBURG — Sometimes there are ties that feel more like a loss. And then there are ties like Saturday night's 2-2 match between the Rowdies and New York Cosmos.
ST. PETERSBURG — After a 3-0 victory in which they set a season high for goals, the Rowdies have done anything but stand pat.
Trying to overcome a torn ACL was plenty enough for Keith Savage.
ST. PETERSBURG — A moment of brilliance from Joe Cole, and one that was no slouch from Eric Avila, guided the Rowdies to a 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday night before an announced crowd of 5,873 at Al Lang Stadium.
ST. PETERSBURG — As bad as the most recent Rowdies performance was, a 4-1 loss last Saturday at Carolina, it brought to bear something even more bothersome to the head coach.
He had no clue about it at the time. All Michael Nanchoff knew of his goal and assist, scored when he was with the Portland Timbers in a 2-0 U.S. Open Cup victory, was that it felt good because he was getting few chances to play otherwise.
For a guy who stands apart from the crowd, 6-foot-6 Stefan Antonijevic has found it difficult to stand out sometimes. Such is the plight of a defensive player in soccer.
ST. PETERSBURG — The largest crowd ever for a Rowdies game at Al Lang Stadium saw plenty of action Saturday but, frustratingly for the home fans, not a Tampa Bay victory. The Rowdies tied 1-1 with Jacksonville before a crowd of 7,690.
ST. PETERSBURG — It's not quite a marathon, the fall season the Rowdies embark upon tonight at Al Lang, but Tampa Bay will welcome it compared to the sprint that was the 10-game spring slate.
Eric Avila's track record bodes well for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in this, his first season with the club.