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Tampa Bay Rowdies

  1. Rowdies tie New York Cosmos, coach rips officials

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    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.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Joe Cole attempts to juke out defenders during the Tampa Bay Rowdies game against the New York Cosmos on Saturday night, July 23, 2016 in downtown St. Petersburg. ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times
  2. Two new Rowdies to get taste of rivalry against Cosmos

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    ST. PETERSBURG — After a 3-0 victory in which they set a season high for goals, the Rowdies have done anything but stand pat.

  3. Rowdies midfielder Savage bounces back big from injury

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    Trying to overcome a torn ACL was plenty enough for Keith Savage.

    Rowdies midfielder Keith Savage (22) slides into the ball to stop a Puerto Rico advance. The Tampa Bay Rowdies shut out the Puerto Rico FC 3-0 at Al Lang Stadium last Saturday night.
  4. Joe Cole's bicycle-kick goal lifts Rowdies

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    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.

    Joe Cole flips to score on a bicycle kick and give the Rowdies a 1-0 lead. “The main thing is the team was excellent,” Cole says.
  5. Rowdies hoping for stronger, winning homestands

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    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.

  6. Michael Nanchoff looks to make mark with Tampa Bay Rowdies

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    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.

    Tampa Bay player Michael Nanchoff has started 10 of the Rowdies’ 12 matches this season but still is looking for his first goal.
  7. Stefan Antonijevic's fortunes rise with Rowdies

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    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.

    Rowdies’ Stefan Antonijevic, No. 5, and Minnesota United’s Cristiano Dias battle for the ball near the Minnesota goal during a game at Al Lang Stadium in April 2015. At 6-foot-6, Antonijevic is used to being asked about his height, specifically when it comes to his choice of sport.
  8. Rowdies settle for tie against Jacksonville in fall season opener

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    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.

    The Tampa Bay Rowdies kick off the 2016 fall season against the Jacksonville Armada FC in a match at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday evening, July 2, 2016. Goalkeeper Matt Pickens (18) makes a stop early in the match.
DAVID W. DOONAN | Special To The Times
  9. Rowdies kick off NASL's fall schedule at home

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    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.

    Midfielder Joe Cole, right, provided a spark for the Rowdies since his acquisition in the spring.
  10. Success is no stranger to Rowdies' competitive midfielder Avila

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    Eric Avila's track record bodes well for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in this, his first season with the club.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Eric Avila strikes during a match against Indy Eleven at Al Lang Stadium in April. “I’m an assist man. That’s my style,” says the 28-year-old who has played in the MLS for nine years.