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Rowdies Suncoast Invitational Preview -- Day One

By Rowdies Communications, 02/17/17, 11:30AM EST

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The Basics
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET.
Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Follow us for live updates on Twitter @RowdiesGameday
The match will be preceded by Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United at 5 p.m.

Rowdies Suncoast Invitational
February 18 marks day one of the second annual Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, bringing some of Major League Soccer’s best teams to Pinellas County for a unique preseason competition. This year, the Rowdies will compete along with six MLS clubs—the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union, D.C. United and Chicago Fire. Four of the five MLS clubs participating in the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational reached the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs including the Eastern Conference champions, Toronto FC, and runners-up, the Montreal Impact.

Matches continue Wednesday when Philadelphia takes on Montreal at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex at 7 p.m. Al Lang Stadium will host a tripleheader on Saturday, February 25, the final day of the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational.

Tickets
Tickets are good for both matches and range from $15-$20 in the main stadium bowl to $30 in the premium Midfielder’s Club and Midfielder’s Reserved seats. Tickets are available here.

How to Watch
All matches in the Suncoast Invitational at Al Lang Stadium will be broadcast live in HD on the Rowdies’ YouTube channel here.

Parking
Due to the presence of the Saturday Morning Market, parking in Lot A at Al Lang Stadium may be restricted until the early afternoon. Fans are advised to allow plenty of time to park. Alternative parking options nearby include the Mahaffey Garage (1st St. SE), McNulty Garage (2nd St. SE) and SouthCore Garage (1st Ave. S.) 

Rowdies Notes
The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ roster includes 17 players signed for the 2017 United Soccer League season, plus several trialists in preseason camp with Tampa Bay. After taking a break following January’s Florida Cup, the Rowdies resumed preseason training in early February and played Orlando City SC in a closed-door scrimmage last weekend.

Following the match against the Union, the Rowdies will have just four preseason games left before opening the regular season against Orlando City B on March 25. The Rowdies’ remaining preseason schedule includes Montreal (MLS) at home and then road matches against the University of Tampa, Jacksonville Armada FC (NASL) and Miami FC (NASL).