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Tampa Bay Rowdies release schedule

Professional soccer will officially return to Tampa Bay on May 8 when the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies play their inaugural regular-season home game against the Austin Aztex at Steinbrenner Field.

The Rowdies will open their 30-game USSF Division II regular-season (15 home/15 road) schedule on the road April 16 against Crystal Palace Baltimore at UMBC Stadium. The regular-season schedule runs from April 10-Oct. 3.

Keeping with the tradition of past Rowdies franchises, Tampa Bay will play at home on July 4 against FC Miami. The Rowdies will play six of their first seven games on the road.

League playoffs begin Oct. 8. Eight of the 12 teams will make the playoffs — the two division winners and the next best six records regardless of division — with each round a two-game home-and-home series with most total goals in the series being the tiebreaker.

Tampa Bay will also compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup during the summer against NASL and MLS teams.

2010 FC Tampa Bay Rowdies schedule

All home games at Steinbrenner Field

April 16 at Baltimore

April 24 at Minnesota

May 1 at Miami

May 8 vs. Austin

May 14 at Carolina

May 19 at Austin

May 22 at St. Louis

May 27 vs. Minnesota

May 29 vs. Puerto Rico

June 6 at Vancouver

June 12 vs. Montreal

June 19 at Puerto Rico

June 27 at Portland

July 4 vs. Miami

July 10 at Minnesota

July 15 vs. Puerto Rico

July 22 vs. Rochester

July 25 vs. Miami

July 31 vs. Portland

Aug. 7 at Austin

Aug 11 at Puerto Rico

Aug. 14 at Miami

Aug. 21 vs. Vancouver

Aug. 25 vs. Carolina

Aug. 29 vs. St. Louis

Sept. 11 at Rochester

Sept. 16 vs. Austin

Sept. 19 at Montreal

Sept. 24 vs. Minnesota

Oct. 1 vs. Minnesota

Tampa Bay Rowdies release schedule 02/09/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 22, 2010 1:15pm]

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