Thursday, 28 February 2013

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983-84 Rowdies vs. Cosmos Indoor Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1983-84 indoor game against the New York Cosmos played on December 14th, 1983, at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
The Rowdies won 6-3.

Rowdies Press Photos - George Tor

Trialist George Tor drives forward, during the Disney Pro Soccer Classic Tournament game against the Montreal Impact.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Law Enforcement Cards

Crazy George card.
This is from the 1980 and 1981 sets.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1980 Wowdies

The 1980 Wowdies rehearse their ballet moves.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1977 KICK Magazine

This edition of the KICK magazine covers the game against the New York Cosmos, played on the 19th June, 1977 at Giants Stadium. The Rowdies lost 1-3, with the only goal scored by Wes McLeod. Attendance: 62,394.
The Rowdies team that day was: Hammond, Quraishi, Connell, Jump, St. Lot, Anderson, Wegerle, McLeod, Alston, Marsh, Fink.

Rowdies Press Photos - Warren Ukah

Former Rowdie Warren Ukah, whilst with MISL side, the Baltimore Blast in 2010.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983-84 Rowdies vs. Sting Indoor Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1983-84 indoor game against the Chicago Sting played on December 10th, 1983, at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
The Rowdies lost 4-5.

Rowdies Press Photos - Evans Frimpong

Evans Frimpong gives chase, during the Disney Pro Soccer Classic Tournament game against D.C. United.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Law Enforcement Cards

Zeljko Bilecki card.
This is from the 1980 and 1981 sets.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mirandinha

Mirandinha, is chased by former Rowdie Ringo Cantillo, during the 1979, 1-0 Exhibition Game victory over the New England Tea Men, at the Tangerine Bowl.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1982 Indoor KICK Magazine

This edition of the KICK magazine is from the February 14th, 1982, indoor game played at the Chicago Sting's Chicago Stadium. An attendance of 19,398 saw the Rowdies lose 9-10. With former Rowdie Steve Wegerle on the cover, whilst he was with the New York Cosmos. 

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Rowdies vs. Orlando City Soccer Club (Disney Pro Soccer Classic Tournament)

Rowdies Drop Last Match of DIsney Pro Soccer Classic to Orlando City
The Tampa Bay Rowdies played to a 2-0 defeat against Orlando City on Saturday night in the final match of the 2013 Disney Pro Soccer Classic. An early goal off a penalty kick in the first minute gave Orlando City the 1-0 lead. Forward Jamie Watson placed his kick into the bottom left corner of the net for the early lead. Forward Dennis Chin sentenced the 2-0 final score in the 76th minute, filtering through the Rowdies back line and scoring off a breakaway.
Tampa Bay was affected by the early goal as Orlando continued to pressure, giving the Rowdies very little space to play. With the the Lions on the scoreboard, Tampa Bay was forced to try to gain possesion of the ball and find the equalizer. Rowdies goalkeeper Andrew Fontein had a stellar performance despite the 2-0 defeat, making two great save in the 20th and 25th minute.  The California native first denied midfielder Adama Mbengue with a great diving stop, while later stopping Chin's shot from the left side of the box. 
The Rowdies first chance came in the 26th minute with midfielder Evans Frimpong firing a shot from 20 yards out. His shot was headed towards the top left corner, but Orlando's goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo was well positioned to send the ball out for a corner kick. 
Tampa Bay's forward Jemal Johnson had a clear shot from about 25 yards out in the 39th minute, but once again Gallardo denied the equalizer. With Tampa Bay gaining possesion of the ball, the last chance of the half was for Orlando forward Long Tan, who forced Fontein to make an incredible save. The Rowdies goalkeeper denied Tan from close range, with the ensuing rebound being sent over the bar. 
With the Rowdies down a goal, the NASL side came out in the second half pressuring Orlando's defense. Midfielder Raphael Cox crossed two great balls into Orlando's box in the first 10 minutes of play, but the forwards were unable to get a touch on both feeds.
Looking for the equalizer, newcomer forward Amani Walker was able to find himself in a good position to get a head on goal. Cox delivered a perfect cross with Walker inching in on goal but his header was saved by Gallardo. 
Tampa Bay increased their level of play in the second half, creating many chances on Orlando's goal. Midfielder Luke Mulholland had two great chances in the 64th and 72nd minute. The midfielder first striked a volley from 20 yards out that went inches away from the left post. Minutes later the Preston native cornered a free kick towards the top right of the net that was sent out for a corner kick by Gallardo.
Orlando City sentenced the match in the 76th minute, as Chin took advantage of the first clear chance that the Lions had in the second half. After slipping through the back line, Chin beat Fontein to make it 2-0. 
Minutes after Orlando's goal, Walker looked to cut the lead in half with a shot in the 78th minute that blasted off the left post. Despite Tampa Bay's effort to get a goal on the scoreboard, Orlando was able to keep the Rowdies scoreless. 

Scoring Summary: 
Orlando City - Jamie Watson (penalty) - 1st minute
Orlando City - Dennis Chin - 76th minute

Lineups:
Orlando City: Gallardo; Burke, Diakhite, Valentino, Boden; Versailles, Bruan, Watson, Mbengue; Chin, Tan
Rowdies: Fontein; Blackwood (Johnson (T) 64'), Needham, Yamada, Arango (Scott 74'); Frimpong, Campbell (Clinton 80'), Mulholland, Cox (Tor 85'); Johnson (J), Walker

Friday, 22 February 2013

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983-84 Rowdies vs. Sockers Indoor Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1983-84 indoor game against the San Diego Sockers played on December 7th, 1983, at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
The Rowdies lost 3-7.

Rowdies Press Photos - Devin Del Do

Trialist Devin Del Do in action, during the Disney Pro Soccer Classic Tournament game against the Montreal Impact.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Law Enforcement Cards

Neill Roberts card.
This is from the 1980 and 1981 sets.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1977 Goal Celebration

The Rowdies celebrate a goal against the New York Cosmos, at Tampa Stadium in 1977. With Derek Smethurst, Wes McLeod and Adrian Alston.
Many thanks to Derek for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1984 KICK Magazine

This edition of the KICK magazine is from the August 12th, 1984, game played at the San Diego Sockers' Jack Murphy Stadium. An attendance of 2,267 saw the Rowdies lose 1-5. With the only goal coming from Wes McLeod.
The team this day was: Mausser, Connell, Kozic, Thompson, Van Der Beck, Wegerle (S), McLeod,  Roberts, Karpun, Tatu, Wegerle (R).

Rowdies Press Photos - Dave MacWilliams

Dave MacWilliams is challenged by former Rowdie and Houston Hurricane Mark Lindsay, during an indoor game at the Bayfront Center in 1979.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983-84 Rowdies vs. Whitecaps Indoor Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1983-84 indoor game against the Vancouver Whitecaps played on November 29th, 1983, at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
The Rowdies lost 4-6.

Rowdies Press Photos - Andrew Fontein

Goalkeeper Andrew Fontein keeps an eye on the ball, during the Disney Pro Soccer Classic Tournament game against DC United.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Law Enforcement Cards

Refik Kozic card.
This is from the 1980 and 1981 sets.

Rowdies Press Photos - Gaparillo '77 Fun Run

The Rowdies take part in a fun run, with Wes Mcleod, Derek Smethurst, Kevin Eagan, Mike Connell and Mark Lindsay, during Gaparillo '77.
Many thanks to Derek Smethurst for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Carrier Bag

A Rowdies plastic carrier bag from 1984.
Many thanks to Patricia Scifres.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1978 Wowdies

The Wowdies go through their moves during rehearsals in 1978.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983-84 Rowdies vs. Roughnecks Indoor Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1983-84 indoor game against the Tulsa Roughnecks played on November 26th, 1983, at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
The Rowdies lost 6-7.

Rowdies Press Photos - Andres Arango

Andres Arango is tackled, during the Disney Pro Soccer Classic Tournament game against DC United.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Law Enforcement Cards

Dave Taber card.
This is from the 1980 and 1981 sets.

Rowdies Press Photos - Derek Smethurst

Derek Smethurst in action during the game against the New York Cosmos, at Tampa Stadium in 1977.
Many thanks to Derek for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1976 Rowdies KICK Magazine

May 19th, 1976 the Hartford Bicentennials were today's opponents. The Rowdies won 5-2, with goals from Clyde Best, Rodney Marsh and Derek Smethurst (3), in front of an attendance of 7,692.
The team that day: Mausser, Bluem, Pringle, Auguste, Jump, Glover, Lindsay, Best, Marsh, Smethurst, Scullion.
 Substitute: Cantillo.

Rowdies vs. Sporting Kansas City (Disney Pro Soccer Classic Tournament)

Rowdies Fall to Sporting Kansas City 0-1
The Tampa Bay Rowdies lost 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City in the final group match of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. With the loss, the Rowdies will play Orlando City SC next Saturday at 6:00 pm in their final match of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
The lone goal came in the 76th minute from attacking midfielder Graham Zusi, who slotted the ball next to the right post. Rowdies goalkeeper Andrew Fontein was close to getting a touch on it, but Zusi’s shot was well placed.
The Rowdies had a solid performance in the first half closing down Sporting’s main attacking threat Zusi. Tampa Bay looked more solid than both of the previous games with a strong defensive block, denying any dangerous chances.
The defending NASL champions had the first dangerous chance in the 9th minute, with midfielder Shane Hill slotting a ball into forward Devin Del Do, but he was unable to reach the ball before Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
Midfielder Luke Mulholland had a great first half, placing several dangerous crosses into Sporting’s box but their defense did a good job in clearing the ball out. Fontein was able to contain many of Kansas City’s crosses and shots, maintaining a strong defensive performance in the first half.
The second half started with the Rowdies pressuring Sporting KC up top trying to create turnovers that would lead to scoring opportunities. Kansas City’s first chance of the half came in the 53rd minute with a header from inside the 6-yard box but Fontein contained it easily. 
The Rowdies controlled possession in the first part of the second half, producing good ball movement by the midfield. Tampa Bay was unable to access the final third until 64th minute after a cross by defender Thurstan Johnson that Mulholland was unable to volley on goal.
With Kansas City picking up momentum, they began creating chances with dangerous crosses into the box. Zusi was able to break through the Rowdies defense and score in the 76th minute after a good individual run into the box.
After Sporting’s goal, the Rowdies began to maintain possession of the ball looking for the equalizer. Midfielder Evans Frimpong had two crosses in the final 10 minutes of play, earning two corner kicks as the game came to an end. The final push from the Rowdies was unsuccessful, as Sporting KC held on for the 1-0 win.

Scoring Summary: 
Kansas City - Graham Zusi (C.J. Sapong) 76th minute

Lineups:
Sporting Kansas City: Nielsen; Sinovic (Convey 72'), Besler, Collin, Jerome; Rosell, Nagamura (Thomas 83'), Feilhaber; Sapong, Bieler, Zusi (Mbengue 80')
Rowdies: Fontein; Yamada, Needham (Scott 62'), Arango (Savage 45'), Johnson (T); Mulholland, Hill, Frimpong, Johnson (J); Del Do (Clinton* 76'), Guvenisik (Cox 28')

Friday, 15 February 2013

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983-84 Rowdies vs. Roughnecks Indoor Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1983-84 indoor game against the Tulsa Roughnecks played on November 19th, 1983, at the Fairgrounds Arena.
The Rowdies lost 4-7.

2013 Rowdies Team Group

The Rowdies lineup for the game against the Montreal Impact, during the Disney Pro Soccer Classic Tournament.
Back row (L to R): Takuya Yamada, Keith Savage, Stuart Campbell, Andrew Fontein, Daniel Scott, Jay Needham.
Front row (L to R): Jemal Johnson, Raphael Cox, Evans Frimpong, Luke Mulholland, Devin Del Do.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Law Enforcement Cards

Oscar Fabbiani card 1.
This is from the 1980 and 1981 sets.
Many thanks to Ray Knisley.

Rowdies Press Photos - Sandje Ivanchukov

Sandje Ivanchukov coaches the youngsters, during a Fan Day at Tampa Stadium in 1979.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983 KICK Magazine

This edition of the KICK magazine is from the November 18th, 1983, indoor game played at the Chicago Sting's Chicago Stadium. An attendance of 10,278 saw the Rowdies lose 2-3. With the goals coming from Pedro DeBrito and Tatu.

USF vs Rowdies Upcoming Game

Details for the game against the University of South Florida, to be played on Saturday, March 2nd. At USF Corbett Soccer Stadium.
Many thanks to Craig Fossett for this info.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983-84 Rowdies vs. Sting Indoor Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1983-84 indoor game against the Chicago Sting played on November 18th, 1983, at Chicago Stadium.
The Rowdies lost 2-3.

Rowdies Press Photos - Andres Arango and Mike Ambersley

Andres Arango and Mike Ambersley clebrate a goal against the Carolina Railhawks at Al Lang Stadium.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Law Enforcement Cards

Oscar Fabbiani card 2.
This is from the 1980 and 1981 sets.
Many thanks to Ray Knisley.

Rowdies Press Photos - Winston DuBose

Winston DuBose shakes the hand of Moscow Dynamo's goalkeeper Pilgui, before the indoor Exhibition Game at the Bayfront Center in 1979.

Signed Cards - 2011 Rowdies JP Rodrigues

JP Rodrigues' signed 2011 Rowdies card.

Rowdies vs. Montreal Impact (Disney Pro Soccer Classic Tournament)

Rowdies Lose 4-1 Against Impact
The Tampa Bay Rowdies were defeated by the Montreal Impact by a score of 4-1 on Wednesday night in their second group match at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
The MLS side went up early in the first half, as Impact’s midfielder Felipe scored off a cross from midfielder Andrea Pisanu. Forward Marco Di Vaio capitalized on a penalty kick in the 17th minute making it 2-0 for Montreal. The Rowdies would cut the lead in half in the 38th minute after defender Takuya Yamada  scored off a penalty kick. Di Vaio and substitute Sanna Nyassi scored in the 42nd and 66th minute respectively, making it 4-1 as the Rowdies dropped their second match of the tournament.
The Rowdies went down 1-0 early in the first half, when Felipe drilled home a cross from Pisanu in the 2nd minute. The Rowdies looked to equalize with a chance in the 6th minute, as trialist Jemal Johnson curled in a dangerous cross from the left flank, but midfielder Evans Frimpong was unable to get a touch on it.
Montreal’s forward Di Vaio made it 2-0 in the 17th minute, after Fontein was called for a foul in the box. The Italian forward stepped up and drilled the penalty kick into the top left corner of the net.
Tampa Bay cut the lead to one, when Yamada scored off a penalty kick in the 38th minute. The defender slotted the ball into the bottom right of the net making the partial score 2-1.
Di Vaio made it 3-1 in the 42nd minute, scoring his second goal of the night off a low cross by Pisanu.  The midfielder made a great run down the right flank, placing the ball at the edge of the 6-yard box for Di Vaio to finish.
Rowdies forward Johnson has a great chance to score the second goal of the night for the Rowdies, but his strike from the right flank was sent out for a corner by Impact’s goalkeeper Evan Bush.
Montreal had the first chance in the second half, as substitute Nyassi forced Fontein to make a great save from close range. Nyassi went on to score the final goal of Montreal’s 4-1 victory in the 66th minute. His goal came off a pass from newcomer forward Andres Romero, leaving Nyassi one-on-one with Fontein.
The Rowdies looked to cut the lead in the last 20 minutes of play, with Frimpong and substitute George Tor creating chances on Montreal’s goal. Tor made several runs trying to catch the Impact’s defense off guard, but he was unable to score the Rowdies second goal of the night. 

Scoring Summary: 
Montreal – Felipe assisted by Andrea Pisanu - 2nd minute
Montreal – Marco Di Vaio (Penalty) - 16th minute
Rowdies – Takuya Yamada (Penalty) - 38th minute
Montreal – Marco Di Vaio assisted by Andrea Pisanu and Callum Mallace - 41st minute
Montreal – Sanna Nyassi assisted by Andrés Romero- 65th minute

Lineups:
Montreal:  Bush; Brovsky (Valentin 46’), Nesta (Ouimette 46’), Camara (Ferrari 46’), Tissot (Iapichino 46’); Warner (Lefèvre 46’), Pisanu (Arnaud 46’), Felipe (Eber 46’), Mallace (Romero 46’), Mapp (Smith 46’); Di Vaio (Nyassi 46’)
Rowdies: Fontein; Yamada, Scott, Needham (Arango 45'), Cox (Blackwood 45'); Frimpong, Campbell (Clinton 45'), Mulholland (Mack 74'), Savage (Tor 60'); Del Do, Johnson (J)

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983 Rowdies vs. Roughnecks Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies end of 1983 game against the Tulsa Roughnecks played on September 3rd, 1983, at Tampa Stadium.
The Rowdies lost 1-3.

Rowdies Press Photos - Takuya Yamada

Takuya Yamada in action against FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rowdies Law Enforcement Cards

Peter Chandler card.
This is from the 1980 and 1981 sets.

Rowdies Press Photos - Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh, whilst with Manchester City in 1975.

Signed Cards - 2011 Rowdies Omar Jarun

Omar Jarun's signed 2011 Rowdies card. Omar is now playing in Belgium with Royal Charleroi Sporting Club RCSC.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Rowdies vs. D.C. United (Disney Pro Soccer Classic Tournament)

Rowdies Drop First Preseason Match to D.C. United
The Tampa Bay Rowdies lost 4-0 in their Disney Pro Soccer Classic debut against D.C. United on Saturday night. Tampa Bay held D.C. United scoreless through 55 minutes, until the Black-and-Red substitute Lionard Pajoy scored two quick goals in the 55th and 58th minute. D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp would go on to score the other two goals of the night in the 65th and 73rd minute, sentencing the final 4-0 score.
The Rowdies went head-to-head against D.C. United in the first half, with goalkeeper Andrew Fontein having a stellar performance. Tampa Bay began the match holding possession of the ball, with D.C. United on the counter attack awaiting their opportunity to score. This tactic worked well for the MLS side, creating some great chances down both flanks.
Tampa Bay’s trialist Jemal Johnson had the first chance of the match in the 7th minute with a shot from 20 yards out that curled over the bar. D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario had a clear opportunity in the 10th minute, but Fontein, who would be vital in several moments of the first half, cut off his low cross.
Both teams shared possession of the ball for most of the first half, until the 37th minute, when Pajoy had a great run down the left flank. The forward powered a shot on goal, but Fontein stepped up once again making a spectacular save to his left.
The Rowdies looked to take control in the first minutes of the second half, but forward Pajoy halted Tampa Bay’s momentum with a goal in the 55th minute. Pajoy headed the ball into the bottom right corner of the net after a great cross by defender Chris Korb. Three minutes later Pajoy scored his second of the night, chipping the ball over Fontein as he was coming out to close the angle. Canadian international Kyle Porter picked up the assist, feeding Pajoy a through ball behind the Rowdies defense. 
The Black-and-Red took control of the match after those two quick goals, adding a third one in the 65th minute from defender Kemp. The defender went on to make it 4-0 in the 73rd minute after receiving a great assist from midfielder/forward Ryan Richter.
The Rowdies looked to maintain their passing style approach, creating several dangerous crosses in the last 15 minutes of play. D.C. United was able to contain Tampa Bays attack with a solid defensive performance.

Scoring Summary: 
D.C. United - Lionard Pajoy assisted by Chris Korb and Dwayne De Rosario - 55th minute
D.C. United - Lionard Pajoy assisted by Kyle Porter - 58th minute
D.C. United - Taylor Kemp assisted by Michael Seaton and Ryan Richter - 65th minute
D.C. United - Taylor Kemp assisted by Ryan Richter - 73th minute

Lineups:
D.C. United: Hamid (Dykstra 60'); Korb (Russell 60'), Jakovic (Kalungi 60'), McDonald (Neal 60'), Woolard (White 60'); DeLeon (Pontius 39'), Kitchen (Kemp 60'), Nane (Rozeboom 60'), Porter (Shanosky 60'); De Rosario (Seaton 60'), Pajoy
Rowdies: Fontein; Blackwood (Campbell 59'), Scott (Yamada 45'), Needham, Arango; Hill (Clinton 88'), Savage, Mulholland (Frimpong 45'), Cox; Del Do, Johnson (J) (Tweneboa 67')

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1983 Rowdies vs. Strikers Game Report

A newspaper clipping from the Rowdies 1983 game against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers played on August 28th, 1983, at Lockhart Stadium.
The Rowdies lost 0-5.

Rowdies Press Photos - Stuart Campbell

Stuart Campbell win s a header over a Atlanta Silverbacks' player at Al Lang Stadium.