Match Preview: Rowdies vs. FC Edmonton
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. FC Edmonton
Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.. ET
Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Florida
The match can be seen live on local television station Great 38 or online at?NASLlive.com.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies will open their 2014 NASL campaign in style with some very special guests. Multiple Grammy Award winner Jon Secada will perform the National Anthem before kickoff. 12-year old Cole Eicher, a local soccer player battling cancer, will perform the coin toss and serve as the Rowdies? honorary captain. Scotland?s Red Hot Chilli Pipers will perform a fantastic postgame concert.
Tampa Bay: 0-0-0
Since FC Edmonton?s debut in the inaugural year of the North American Soccer League in 2011, the Tampa Bay Rowdies have had the better of the series. Tampa Bay is 6-4-2 (22 points out of a possible 36) all-time against the Eddies. The Rowdies? home record against Edmonton is particularly strong, with Tampa Bay unbeaten against FC Edmonton at Al Lang Stadium at 3-3-0.
The Rowdies and FC Edmonton last met in the penultimate match of the 2013 Fall Season with the Eddies winning 2-1 at home on October 27, 2013. Daryl Fordyce scored the opening goal for Edmonton in the 34th minute and the lead was doubled by Robert Garrett just two minutes later. Luke Mulholland, now with Real Salt Lake, started the Rowdies? comeback with a goal in the 48th minute, but Tampa Bay wouldn't?t score again.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies had an eventful offseason, highlighted by their acquisition by St. Petersburg philanthropist and businessman Mr. Bill Edwards in December. In addition to committing to a fabulous fan experience for all in attendance, the Rowdies also invested in their on-field products with multiple marquee signings.
Brian Shriver, who won the NASL Golden Boot as the league?s leading goal scorer last season, joined the Rowdies and should form a potent partnership with Georgi Hristov, the reigning NASL Golden Ball winner as league MVP. Shriver is just one of 11 new members of the Rowdies roster.
Last season, FC Edmonton finished fifth in the Spring season with a record of 3-5-4 (14 points) and slipped to sixth in the Fall season with a record of 3-7-4 (16 points).
The Tampa Bay Rowdies will play their first away game next Saturday against one of the newest clubs in the NASL, Indy Eleven, at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Tampa Bay will return home on Saturday, April 26 when the face the Atlanta Silverbacks at Al Lang Stadium with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. Call (877) ROWDIES to secure your seats for the Rowdies second home match of the season.?