Match Preview: Rowdies at Tampa Marauders
2014 Rowdies Preseason
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Tampa Marauders
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Naimoli Athletic Stadium (W. Kennedy Avenue between Willow Street and North Boulevard)
Admission: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.mymarauders.com.
The Rowdies will have 23 signed players and one trialist available for Saturday’s match.
Scouting the Marauders
A member of the National Premier Soccer League, the Marauders finished fourth in the Sunshine Conference in their inaugural year last season.
Forward Zach Hofstetter scored both Marauders goals in their preseason debut, a 2-0 win over Warner University last Saturday. Goalkeeper Gianluca Piagnerelli made 18 saves for Tampa in that match.
The Rowdies are 2-1-0 this preseason following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast University. Midfielder Darel Russell scored two goals against the Eagles, his first for the Rowdies. Forward Brian Shriver also scored his first goal for the Rowdies in the win.
Casey Townsend, a midfielder/forward made his debut in the match, starting on the right wing and playing 64 minutes. The lone trialist available is defender Willie Hunt, who played in each of the two previous preseason matches.
The Rowdies will continue their 2014 Preseason next weekend on Saturday, March 29, when they take on Saint Leo University at W.H. Jack Mitchell Jr. Park in New Port Richey. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. 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.