Match Preview: Rowdies vs. Florida Gulf Coast University
2014 Rowdies Preseason
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Florida Gulf Coast University
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Walter Fuller Complex (2800 75th St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33710)
Admission: Admission is free for all at the Walter Fuller Complex. No ticket is required.
The Rowdies will have 22 signed players and three trialists available for Saturday’s match.
Scouting the Eagles
Florida Gulf Coast arrives in St. Petersburg as the four-time defending champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Last year, the Eagles compiled a record of 8-2-7 (W-T-L) overall, including 6-1-1 in conference play. FGCU lost no seniors from last year’s team.
Felipe Desousa and Henry Penagos led the Eagles with six goals each last season. This match is a return to the bay area for DeSousa, who attended Wharton High School in Tampa. Goalkeeper Danny George, who started 12 games in net for FGCU, went to Countryside High in Safety Harbor.
The Rowdies are 1-1-0 this preseason following Saturday’s 3-0 win over the University of Tampa. Tampa Bay’s five preseason goals have come from five different players, with Keith Savage, Georgi Hristov and Devin Del Do scoring against the Spartans. Goalkeepers Ryan Thompson (60 minutes) and trialist Cody Mizell (30 minutes) combined to keep a clean sheet against UT.
Forward Casey Townsend, who signed with the Rowdies on Tuesday, will be available for this match. Townsend spent last year with Major League Soccer’s D.C. United after playing for Chivas USA in 2012. The three trialists available for Saturday are goalkeeper Cody Mizell, defenders Willie Hunt and Tanasheh Abrahams.
The Rowdies will continue their 2014 Preseason next weekend on Saturday, March 22, when they take on NPSL's Tampa Marauders at Naimoli Stadium in downtown Tampa, Fla. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and admission is free of charge.
With the 2014 Season just around the corner, fans can save money by purchasing single game tickets in advance by contacting the Rowdies’ front office at 877.ROWDIES (877.769.3437) or by clicking here.