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  1. Rowdies defense controls rainy game


    ST. PETERSBURG — With weather conditions less than ideal and rain pouring down in spurts, the Rowdies prevailed as Robert Hernandez broke the scoreless tie in the 55th minute to defeat Fort Lauderdale 1-0 Saturday night in front of an announced 6,851 at Al Lang Stadium.

    After scoring in a heavy downpour, the game’s only goal, Robert Hernandez celebrates with Rowdies teammates Martin Nunez, far left, and Ben Sweat with Marcelo Saragosa coming in to join the party.
  2. Rowdies-Strikers rivalry always carries an extra edge


    ST. PETERSBURG — There's no sense in acting like the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are just any other opponent. For those Rowdies who've already tasted the rivalry, from one side or the other, it's understood.

     Tampa Bay Rowdies fans cheer before the team?s home opener game vs. Minnesota United FC begins at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday night, April 11, 2015.
  3. Rowdies tie Ottawa on road


    OTTAWA — The Rowdies earned a point and a shutout on the road Saturday with a 0-0 tie against the Ottawa Fury at TD Place.

  4. For 40 years, Farrukh Quraishi passionately sells Rowdies soccer to Tampa Bay



    It is nearly two hours before game time and Farrukh Quraishi is working the crowd.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies president and general manager Farrukh Quraishi, left, cavorts with fans in the parking lot before a game at Al Lang Stadium Saturday, April, 25, 2015. LARA CERRI  | TIMES 

  5. Rowdies open latest round of Coastal Cup against Jacksonville


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Coastal Cup has essentially been for bragging rights. Pretty big-time rights, as the Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers have a long-standing soccer rivalry.

  6. Rowdies home opener a 0-0 battle


    ST. PETERSBURG — It was about as exciting as 0-0 gets. For the final 45 minutes the Rowdies did just about everything they could to reward a sold-out crowd Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium but in the end settled for a scoreless draw with Minnesota.

    The Rowdies’ Justin Chavez, right, and Minnesota’s Miguel Ibarra battle for the ball in the first half. The scoreless tie drops Tampa Bay to 1-0-1.
  7. Rowdies high on team chemistry


    ST. PETERSBURG — Spring training for Major League Baseball is useful, but my how the doldrums kick in after a couple of weeks. Week 4 of the NFL preseason? Virtually unwatchable.

    FEBRUARY 20, 2015: Photo by Matt May/Tampa Bay Rowdies
  8. Rowdies open with 3-1 win at defending NASL champion San Antonio


    After the kickoff was delayed 20 minutes for the host Scorpions to celebrate their 2014 Soccer Bowl as NASL champions, the Rowdies showed they might be in line for this year's crown. Tampa Bay blitzed San Antonio 3-1 Saturday in its spring season opener.

  9. Plenty of new faces dot Rowdies' roster


    ST. PETERSBURG — Even members of Ralph's Mob might need to keep a roster handy for the first few Rowdies games. Only the most studious of the devoted fan base can be expected to follow all of the team's offseason changes.

    New Rowdies captain Marcelo Saragosa, right, speaks with IndyCar Series driver and St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais last month at the Rowdies practice field in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  10. Retired Ronaldo says he'll try to play for Strikers


    HOLLYWOOD — Brazilian star Ronaldo said Wednesday he will attempt to make a playing comeback this spring with the Rowdies rival Fort Lauderdale in the NASL.