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  1. Tampa Bay Rowdies lose late-game gamble

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    ST. PETERSBURG — With Saturday's game against Charleston tied at 2 in the final minutes, Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell decided to play for a win. He subbed in forwards and told his team to push up for a goal.

    The strategy backfired.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies Georgi Hristov (10), right, battles for the ball along with Charleston Battery Maikel Chang (21) during the first half Saturday, April 22, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  2. Happy to be home, Rowdies ready to reset vs. Charleston

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    ST. PETERSBURG — After a 3-0 start at Al Lang Stadium, things were bound to be a little less smooth when the Rowdies hit the road for a pair of games last week.

  3. Rowdies get draw with Cincinnati

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    CINCINNATI — The Rowdies tied host Cincinnati 1-1 on Wednesday night on midfielder Marcel Schafer's first goal since joining the team.

  4. Unbeaten Rowdies get third shutout

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Just as he did in the first two games of the season, midfielder Georgi Hristov came through for the Rowdies in a time of offensive need, scoring on a cross from the left side in the 47th minute Saturday to lead Tampa Bay to a 1-0 win against Ottawa.

  5. Staunch defense an early season trademark of Rowdies

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    ST. PETERSBURG — They were 10 minutes to be marveled upon. The Rowdies pressed forward with singular purpose and looked like a constant threat to score, which they did three times while dispatching a 4-0 line on Toronto.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies defender Damion Lowe (31) positions himself for a block during the game between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Toronto FC II at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
  6. Rowdies rout Toronto to move to 2-0 in USL

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    ST. PETERSBURG — A three-goal blitz in 10 minutes allowed the Tampa Bay Rowdies to enjoy an easy 4-0 victory over Toronto FC II before 4,326 at Al Lang on Saturday.

    The Rowdies’ Joe Cole splits two Toronto FC II defenders during the first half. Cole scores Tampa Bay’s third goal of the game in the 22nd minute on a pass from Marcel Schafer as the Rowdies go into halftime with a 3-0 lead for the first time in franchise history.
  7. A simple Rowdies request: Fans, please turn out in force again

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    ST. PETERSBURG — It would be asking a lot of Rowdies fans to show up for Game No. 2 of the season the way they did for the opener, when an Al Lang Stadium record crowd of 7,710 created a veritable soundtrack for a 1-0 victory over Orlando City B a week ago today.

    Defender Luke Boden, right, heading the ball over Orlando City B’s Paul Clowes, is one of five new Rowdies who played all of the season opener.
  8. Rowdies beat Orlando City B in USL debut before record crowd at Al Lang

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Georgi Hristov's penalty kick goal, the result of a long period of Rowdies dominant play, was the difference in Tampa Bay's 1-0 defeat of Orlando City B on Saturday night before a loud and record Rowdies crowd at Al Lang Stadium.

    Young Rowdies fans cheer ahead of the first half of the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and Orlando City B at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
  9. Rowdies loaded with new faces for Saturday opener in new league

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Short of getting awarded a Major League Soccer franchise — and they're trying hard on that front — it was as eventful an offseason as the Tampa Bay Rowdies have ever had.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies fans react to a goal by Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Keith Savage during the Tampa Bay Rowdies game against the New York Cosmos on Saturday night, July 23, 2016 in downtown St. Petersburg. The Tampa Bay Rowdies tied the New York Cosmos 2-2, with a penalty kick goal from Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Joe Cole in stoppage time. ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times
  10. MLS holds its version of spring training in Pinellas County

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    Spring training in Florida has always meant baseball in March. That used to be especially true in St. Petersburg, where over the years Al Lang Stadium was the spring home for teams like the Yankees, Orioles, Mets, Cardinals and the early years of the Devil Rays.

    The backdrop at Al Lang Stadium isn't too shabby as visiting MLS teams play in the Rowdies' annual Suncoast Invitational. (Courtesy of the Rowdies)