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Steel clinch playoff spot

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Bethlehem Steel FC qualify for the USL playoffs for the first time in their modern history since the Tampa Bay Rowdies eliminated Orlando City B 2-0 Thursday evening. They could finish 8th, 7th or 6th, and will have an away playoff game the weekend of October 20-22.

Match Report Bethlehem 2-2 Tampa Bay

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Bethlehem Steel score two equalizers to take a point from the 4th place Tampa Bay Rowdies, only the second point they have taken from an eastern conference top four side all season. But both have occurred in the last 12 days.

Irma challenges the Steel

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Mother Nature is not helping Bethlehem make the playoffs. Their home Tampa match is postponed to the end of the month, creating a back-to-back home-and-homes within a four-day span.

Rochester Stumbled through Toronto en route to Charleston

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The Rhinos did not excite many with a scoreless draw at Toronto last weekend and prepare for a defensive showdown with Charleston Battery on Saturday

This past Friday, the Rochester Rhinos traveled north to face Toronto FC II and the team brought a point back over the border with them. In their second game of the 2017 USL season, the Rhinos failed to generate the same attacking fervor they did against Bethlehem Steel FC that sparked excitement in the fanbase.

Harrisburg City Islanders

Match Recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 2 - Tampa Bay Rowdies 3

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The City Islanders show signs of life during a soggy loss to the Rowdies

Harrisburg may have lost on Wednesday night, but they put together a performance that was miles ahead of their some of their most recent matches. This was a team that had dropped their last four matches by a combined score of 12-0.

Match recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 0 - Tampa Bay Rowdies 3

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The less said about this one, the better

Harrisburg was facing an uphill climb as they prepared for Saturday's match against Tampa Bay. They were playing their second match in Florida on only two days rest, and to make matters worse most of the pregame focused on how hot and humid the conditions were in Al Lang Stadium.

Major League Soccer

Freddy Adu Joins Polish Side Sandecja Nowy Sacz On Trial, Manager Forgets His Name Then Likens Him To ‘An Old Vacuum Cleaner’

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Touted to set the MLS on fire at the ridiculously young age of 14, Freddy Adu's subsequent senior career trajectory has seen him struggle to live up to the hype while trudging through a succession of short, unremarkable stints in Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Brazil, Serbia and the Finnish third tier.

An updated, tiered look at the MLS Expansion race

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As we enter the midway point of the MLS season, and the middle of the calendar year, we're supposedly less than six months away from a decision on MLS teams 25 and 26.

A few candidates have furthered their bids dramatically in recent months, such as the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Others have fallen off hard, with St.

DMV pro soccer recaps, USMNT jersey leaks & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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This is a little more serious than usual.

Hi. Off we go:

Recaps of Toronto FC's 2-0 win over D.C. United from us (with more from us here), MLS and WaPo. Waking The Red has the GTO take.

Ordega's goal helps Spirit to 1-1 tie at Chicago - Black And Red United: Francisca Ordega helped celebrate Caprice Dydasco's return to the roster by scoring as the Washington Spirit drew with the Chicago Red Stars, putting them 8th in the NWSL.

SBI Question of the Day: Which candidates lead the expansion race?

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As we near the midpoint of 2017, and presumably the midpoint of MLS' consideration of expansion candidates for slots 25 and 26, several bids have seen public votes go in different directions.

Out in St. Louis, SC STL's proposed bid for a downtown stadium in St.

Damion Lowe signs with Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Lowe had been with the Sounders since they drafted him in 2014, but never made a first team appearance.

The Seattle Sounders have officially lost the second half of their 2014 MLS SuperDraft CB haul. Jimmy Ockford has already moved to Reno and now the Sounders 8th pick in 2014, Damion Lowe, is headed to another new USL side, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Some Soccer News for Dec 7, 2016

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It's Day 342 of 2016.

Oh Manchester, so much to answer for:
"Greater Manchester police confirmed a Celtic fan had been arrested in Piccadilly Gardens for throwing a hamburger at a police horse." — Owen Gibson (@owen_g) December 7, 2016


MLS Cup - Final:
-Sat Dec 10
Toronto FC v Seattle Sounders FC - 7:00pm CT on FOX


Matt Hedges has signed a new contract with Dallas.


USL Week 19 Rewind: Reno rolls past Swope Park Rangers, Battery stumble, and more

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The Charleston Battery once again stumbled and all of the Eastern Conference challengers capitalized on the opportunity.

The Charlotte Independence, Louisville City FC, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the Rochester Rhinos all made up ground on the waning Eastern leaders with big wins. The Eastern Conference's top six teams are now separated by just seven points heading into the final third of the season.

USL Week 17 Midweek Look Ahead: Fight in Florida, SPR look to extend streak, and more

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The fight for Florida resumes Thursday night as Orlando City B host the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The two teams met way back on March 25in the first match of the 2017 USL season. The Rowdies walked away victorious over their in-state rivals, 1-0. Despite the hot start to the Rowdies season, though, the team has dropped a number of games and fallen from secondto fourth over the last five games.

USL Week 16 Midweek Rewind: Reno wins big over Galaxy II, Rowdies break winless streak, and more

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The LA Galaxy II suffered a horrific loss at the hands of Reno 1868 FC, kicking off an eventful midweek slate for the USL.

Along with the huge victory for Reno, the Charlotte Independence staked their claim to a spot at the top of the Eastern Conference table with their fourth road victory this season.

USL Week 11 Rewind: Real Monarchs top the East, Rhinos find their rhythm, and more

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This week, the Western Conference got a new leader in Real Monarchs SLC.

The Monarchs are on an opposite path from their MLS counterparts Real Salt Lake. While the MLS team has struggled this season, the USL side is flourishing. The Monarchs sit at 10-1-0 on the season, are now on a seven-game winning streak, and went top of table, tied with unbeaten San Antonio FC at 9-0-3, with a game in hand.

USL Week 10: A Midweek Look Ahead

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With USL sides involved in the U.S. Open Cup, the first double game week of the season is upon us.

The Rochester Rhinos match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies will headline the midweek slate as the USL Game of the Week on ESPN 3. ESPN picked a good one as the Rowdies will look to take sole possessionof the top spot in the East.

USL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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Week 9of USL action features a few top of the table match-ups to keep you entertained.

The big clash out East comes as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Louisville City battle it out in a showdown between third and fourth. Meanwhile, out West, the Real Monarchs sit in second place as they face the fourth-place Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Must-See Goal: Marcel Schafer

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USL Look Ahead: Week 3

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Three weeks into the USL season, there are only a few teams fighting to hold on to perfect records. One of those teams is taking the league by storm after its arrival from the NASL in the offseason as the Tampa Bay Rowdies are one of six teams that enter the weekend with perfect records. Real Monarchs became the first team to hit nine points on Thursday night.

Rowdies sign Wolfsburg legend Schäfer

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Given the Tampa Bay Rowdies desire for an MLS expansion slot, a big-name signing could be just what the doctor ordered to boost their bid.

The Rowdies announced on Wednesday that they have acquired Wolfsburg legend Marcel Schäfer from his long-time club. The signing should prove as a massive boost to the Rowdies, as the veteran Bundesliga winger brings huge experience in a top European flight to south Florida.

MLS Ticker: Herculez Gomez retires to join ESPN, and more

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Herculez Gomez just won an MLS Cup crown, and he is riding off into the sunset withit.

ESPN announced on Tuesday afternoon that Gomez has joined its team as a soccer analyst and has retired from professional soccer. The 34-year-old forward's decision to hang up his cleats in order to be in the studio for English and Spanish-language programscomes after he helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup last month.

Richmond Kickers

Stoppage-time goal gives Richmond Kickers 1-1 draw

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Newly signed Franck Tayou saves a point for the Kickers

The Tampa Bay Rowdies lived up to their nom de guerre as they faced off with Richmond Kickers in a physical match at City Stadium.

Richmond stuck with a 4-2-3-1 formation, albeit with a few players shuffled for Saturday night's match.

2017 US Open Cup Second Round

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The 2017 US Open Cup Second Round added teams from the NASL and USL, but four amateur clubs made it through to the next round. That included unaffiliated amateur team Christos FC knocking out the Richmond Kickers. The Eric Wynalda coached LA Wolves also continued their run, knocking out Chula Vista FC.

North American Soccer League

Report: NASL files suit against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers' ownership

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The woes continue for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

According to Empire of Soccer, the NASL filed a crossclaim against Miami FC, LLC, the corporate entity of the Strikers' ownership group for any excess in the club's assets. The crossclaim is part of a lawsuit from Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards to recoup loan fees extended to the club.

MLS Expansion, USL-NASL, and Curt Onalfo: Freedom Kicks for 7 December 2016

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With the regular provider of your Wednesday links off gallivanting the world, I've come out of links retirement to give you today's best soccer news. Let's go!

U.S. Soccer has released the below statement regarding professional league sanctioning.

Some Soccer News for Oct 25, 2016

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It's Day 299 of 2016.

In the immortal words of Bob Dylan: "I don't believe you."


Two giant blasts in the world of lower division soccer in North America today:

Tampa Bay Rowdies leave NASL and go to USL:
A new journey begins.

Must-See Goal: Joe Cole

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NASL Midweek Rewind: Indy Eleven retake second place, Armada top Miami FC

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The Indy Eleven had been winless on the road in the fall season,but no longer.

The Eleven finally seized their first road victory of what's been a long fall season on Wednesday night, as they dispatched the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2, at Al Lang Stadium and took back second place in the Fall and Combined standings.

NASL Weekend Preview: Contenders Square-Up For Playoff Spot

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As the Fall Season in the NASL begins to wind down, the scenariosand battles for playoff positions continue to grow.

There are six clubs fighting for the fourth spot in the Combined Standings, the last ticket into the postseason, who areonly separated by a margin of five points. One slip could break playoff hopes, whilea crucial kick could bring postseason glory.

NASL Look Ahead: Miami takes on Rowdies, Cosmos face Strikers and more

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With most clubs only having six matches left in the Fall Season, the push for the playoffs is truly gainingits steam this weekend in the NASL.

Almost every single match this weekend has some type of playoff hunt ramification, as five clubs are currently separated by only four points from fourth place in the Combined Standings andthat glorious last spot in the postseason.

NASL Rewind: Indy cruises past Cosmos, Rowdies top Strikers, and more

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A busy but short NASL weekend was headlined by Indy Elevanreinserting itself in the playoff race with a huge victoryat home against the New York Cosmos.

Elsewhere, both South Florida sides endureddifficult results while the Ottawa Fury snatched a victory against Minnesota United late in the match for a second week in a row.

Philadelphia Union

Stock rising/falling: Union 1-0 Rowdies

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Haris Medunjanin, Adam Najem and Ray Gaddis really stood out, but who hurt themselves in the Union's Saturday friendly? New PSP writer Jim O'Leary breaks it down.

Preseason match report: Tampa Bay Rowdies 0-1 Philadelphia Union

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Derrick Jones scored the lone goal of the match as Philadelphia Union defeated Tampa Bay Rowdies in their opening Suncoast Invitational match.

Philadelphia Union 1, Tampa Bay Rowdies 0: Recap and player ratings

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A Derrick Jones goal was enough to give the Union a 1-0 win at Al Lang Stadium.

By preseason standards, it was a great game. The players all looked pretty fit, the Union scored a goal, and no one got hurt as the Philadelphia Union downed the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0.

After a rather uneventful first half, Derrick Jones got sprung on a great pass from Chris Pontius and faked out the goalkeeper to give the Union a goal in the 73rd minute.

Game thread: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union are back in action, kicking off the 2017 season against the Tampa Bay Rowdies

Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Place: Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Stream: Tampa Bay Rowdies YouTube (RowdiesOfficial)

Know Thy Enemy: In lieu of an SB Nation blog, visit /r/TampaBayRowdies for Rowdies info/links/and the like.

Philadelphia Union releases preseason dates

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The Union will head back to Florida's west coast to participate in the Suncoast Invitational Preseaon Tournament

Mark your calendars. The Philadelphia Union released some preseason dates yesterday, confirming that they would be returning to Clearwater, Florida and participating in the Suncoast Invitational Preseason Tournament.

The Rest

Steel playoff update

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With a win Bethlehem will finish 6th and play at the Tampa Bay Rowdies. With either draw or a loss, they will finish 8th and play Louisville in Louisville Friday night.

Darwin Jones is moving on to the Tampa Bay Rowdies

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A slide down the depth chart means joining Damion Lowe at the USL side makes sense for the homegrown player.

As two new homegrown players arrive, the Seattle Sounders have let another go. The USL's Tampa Bay Rowdies announced the addition of Darwin Jones to their roster. Jones joined Seattle before the 2015 season after a complicated but successful three years in college and PDL play.

Union preseason match dates announced

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Union announce preseason games against Tampa Bay Rowdies, Montreal Impact, and DC United.