ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, the Rowdies would liked to have gone through a 16-game home schedule without a blemish. It didn't look like the most far-fetched notion during their 3-0 start at Al Lang.
ORLANDO — Julie didn't seem to mind that she was standing in the middle of the road, wiping away tears while hundreds of people marched past her, singing and chanting in a massive cloud of purple smoke. To her, they weren't strangers.
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Leaving the January cold of New York City for a flight to Tampa is usually a welcome getaway. But in 2002, it was not a trip Mark Abbott wanted to make.
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.