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