ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (February 7, 2017) — The Tampa Bay Rowdies have added six more preseason matches to their schedule as preparations for the 2017 United Soccer League season continue to ramp up.
The Rowdies have already played two matches — against Germany’s VfL Wolfsburg and Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro — in January’s Florida Cup, but still have six matches left on the preseason docket before opening the curtain on the USL regular season on March 25.
Tampa Bay will head east this Saturday, February 11, for a closed-door training scrimmage against Orlando City SC one week before kicking off the 2017 Rowdies Suncoast Invitational.
The Rowdies play the Philadelphia Union in the second game of a doubleheader at Al Lang Stadium on February 18. They will later host the Montreal Impact on February 25 in the last game of a tripleheader on the final day of the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational.
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The Rowdies will then play their annual match against the University of Tampa Spartans in celebration of “Fitz Fest” on Saturday, March 4. The match will be played at Pepin Stadium on the campus of UT. Tickets to that match will be available at a later date.
On March 11, Tampa Bay will travel to Jacksonville’s Patton Park to play a preseason match against the Jacksonville Armada FC. The match is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. and is open to the public with free admission.
The Rowdies will wrap up their preseason schedule on March 18 with a match against Miami FC at St. Thomas University in Miami. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and is open to the public with free admission.
Once these six matches conclude, the Rowdies will head straight into the regular season starting with the Saturday, March 25 home opener against Orlando City B at Al Lang Stadium. The best way to see all the action in 2017 is by becoming a Season Ticket Member. For more information about the benefits of season tickets, call (727) 222-2000 or click here.
|Saturday, February 11||Orlando City SC||11 a.m.||Sylvan Lake Park, Sanford|
|Saturday, February 18||Philadelphia Union||7:30 p.m.||Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg|
|Saturday, February 25||Montreal Impact||7:30 p.m.||Al Lang Stadium, St. Peterburg|
|Saturday, March 4||University of Tampa Spartans||TBD||Pepin Stadium, Tampa|
|Saturday, March 11||Jacksonville Armada FC||2 p.m.||Patton Park, Jacksonville|
|Saturday, March 18||Miami FC||11 a.m.||St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens|
*match schedule subject to change