ST. PETERSBURG — The previous weekend at Carolina, Tampa Bay Rowdies coach Ricky Hill tinkered with the starting 11 for the first time during the North American Soccer League's fall season, inserting Brian Shriver, Keith Savage and Amani Walker into the lineup.
ST. PETERSBURG — On July 10, Diego Restrepo stepped onto the Tampa Bay Rowdies' Walter Fuller training field to participate in his first practice drill since tearing the Achilles tendon in his left foot less than five months prior.
ST. PETERSBURG — Bolstered by two come-from-behind wins to start the NASL fall season, the Rowdies were oozing confidence before Saturday night's match against first-place San Antonio. But erasing yet another deficit proved too much to ask.
ST. PETERSBURG — For the sixth league match in a row and eighth time in the last nine overall, the Tampa Bay Rowdies gave up the first goal of the match Saturday when the Indy Eleven's Kleberson rifled a 25-yard shot past goalkeeper Matt Pickens in the 38th minute.
Striker Georgi Hristov's goal in the 89th minute completed a comeback for the Rowdies, who defeated the host Indy Eleven 2-1 on Saturday night in the NASL.
ST. PETERSBURG — For the first 45 minutes of the Rowdies' NASL fall season opener against Atlanta, the bugaboos that plagued them through much of the spring resurfaced.
ST. PETERSBURG — In one sequence during an intrasquad training match Thursday, 6-foot-4 Tampa Bay Rowdies forward Carl Cort leaped over a defender and powered a header into goal.
ST. PETERSBURG — In five previous matches with in-state rival Orlando City, the Rowdies were beaten and bloodied by the Lions, losing all five by an aggregate score of 15-5.
ST. PETERSBURG — Prior to the Rowdies' friendly Friday against in-state rival Fort Lauderdale at Al Lang Stadium, coach Ricky Hill said the monthlong break between the NASL spring and fall campaigns has served to re-energize his squad as much mentally as physically.