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  1. Rowdies defenseman Forrest Lasso takes a picture with Nathanael Liles, 12, of Land O’Lakes after the USL Championship final on Sunday night at Al Lang Stadium.
  2. Rowdies goalkeeper Raiko Arozarena, who got the start after Evan Louro was injured celebrating in the conference final, is frustrated after giving up his third goal against Orange County SC in the USL Championship final Sunday.
  3. Steevan Dos Santos, who had the winning goal in overtime, passes the ball to a teammate against Louisville City FC during the USL Championship Eastern Conference Final last Saturday.
  4. He's only three years removed from his own playing days with the Rowdies, but coach Neill Collins already has Tampa Bay in the USL Championship game on Sunday.
  5. The Tampa Bay Rowdies celebrate after the winning goal in extra time from Steevan Dos Santos during the USL Championship's Eastern Conference final Saturday at Al Lang Stadium.
  6. Rowdies midfielder Yann Ekra chases down a ball during the semifinal victory over Birmingham Legion FC last week at Al Lang Stadium. Ekra scored the winning goal in Tampa Bay's 1-0 victory.
  7. Rowdies defender Forrest Lasso signals No. 1 during the celebration after Yann Ekra scores the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Birmingham Legion FC Saturday night. 


midfielder Yann Ekra, right, begins the celebration with teammates moments after Ekra scored the only goal in the 57th minute of a conference semifinal Saturday night against Birmingham Legion FC. Scott Purks, Special to the Times
  8. Rowdies defender Conner Antley, here battling for a ball during a regular-season game vs. Pittsburgh, says Tampa Bay will have to stay on its toes against Birmingham in this week's playoff game.
  9. The Rowdies celebrate around Steevan Dos Santos (10) during their playoff-opening victory over FC Tulsa Saturday at Al Lang Stadium.
  10. Rowdies midfielder Leo Fernandes, left, points at Sebastian Guenzatti, second from right, after Fernandes set up a Guenzatti goal during a game against Miami FC late last month. Tampa Bay opens the playoffs as the top overall seed Saturday against Tulsa FC.
  11. The Rowdies will have a distinct home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
  12. Steevan Dos Santos, second from right in a game earlier this season, had the Rowdies' lone goal Saturday night.
  13. Rowdies forward Sebastian Guenzatti slides to his knees as fans at Al Lang Stadium cheer his second goal of the game in a 3-0 win Wednesday over Miami.
  14. Rowdies defender Forrest Lasso greets fans at Al Lang. The team hopes to continue to have strong home crowds Wednesday and during the upcoming playoffs.
  15. Rowdies midfielder Sebastian Dalgaaard, seen here in a game against Charlotte in August, plays a role in giving the Rowdies a tie against New York on Friday night at Al Lang Stadium.
  16. Even with playoff positioning still at stake, the Rowdies may be tempted to give players like midfielder Lewis Hilton, who rarely leaves the pitch, a game off to rest up for the postseason.
  17. Steevan Dos Santos, right, pictured during a win over Hartford in August, thought he had scored in the 25th minute but it was ruled no goal on the field.
  18. Rowdies forward Sebastian Guenzatti signals to his teammates that it is time to celebrate moments after the second of his two goals during a 4-2 victory over Charleston Thursday night at Al Lang Stadium.
  19. Rowdies forward Sebastian Guenzatti, goalless in July, now paces the Eastern Conference with 17.
  20. A Kforce building seen in the distance on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, at a possible site for a Tampa stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  21. The Rowdies go on the road and win 2-1 at Charleston on Saturday night.
  22. Rowdies forward Sebastian Guenzatti, here against Hartford at home earlier this season, notched two goals against the Athletic on Saturday night.
  23. Rowdies defender Forrest Lasso, pictured battling for a header during a victory over Hartford earlier this season, is part of a defensive effort that has recorded eight consecutive shutouts.
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