ST. PETERSBURG — For months the Tampa Bay Rowdies hovered near the top of the United Soccer League's Eastern Conference standings, but all they've done lately is lose ground.
MONTCLAIR, N.J. — The Rowdies started a three-game road trip with a 4-2 loss to New York Red Bulls II on Saturday.
ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.
ST. LOUIS — The Rowdies wasted an impressive comeback, losing 4-3 to St. Louis FC on Sunday to snap a five-game unbeaten streak.
ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay took control from the very beginning of Saturday's match against Harrisburg and never let up, scoring an early goal after one of many first-half corner kicks. What seemed mercilessly out of reach for much of the game, though, was the insurance goal that the Rowdies have grown accustomed …
ST. PETERSBURG — He's no gray beard yet, but Matt Pickens has been around a while as far as pro athletes go. And at age 35, he's still going plenty strong.
Know what would be great? If Major League Soccer awarded an expansion franchise to St. Petersburg.
CHICAGO — The greatest spectacle in soccer rolled into Chicago and even without its biggest attraction it still has managed to draw the eyes of the sport to the lakefront.
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman dropped an intriguing idea while talking to sports talk radio station 620-AM on Tuesday morning:
ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Morrell had scored in a Rowdies uniform before, but that was in a U.S. Open Cup match. The former Lakeland high school star opened his USL account in style Saturday, converting twice for a 2-0 defeat of Pittsburgh.