Rowdies Match Preview vs Iceland’s Valur FC
2014 Rowdies Preseason
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Valur FC (Iceland)
Monday, March 31, 2014
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Location: IMG Academy Stadium (IMG Academy is located at 5500 34th St W, Bradenton, FL 34210. The stadium is on Bollitter Way)
Admission: Admission is free of charge
The Rowdies will have 24 signed players and two trialists available for Monday’s match.
Scouting Valur FC
Valur FC, based in the capital city Reykjavik, plays in the Úrvalsdeild karla, Iceland’s top league. Valur FC finished fifth out of 12 teams in the league last season, compiling a record of 8-9-5. The team has won 20 league championships, the most recent coming in 2007.
The Rowdies are 3-1-0 this preseason following a 4-2 win over the Tampa Marauders on March 22. Evans Frimpong, Kyle Clinton and Brian Shriver all scored in the match, in addition to trialist Willie Hunt. The Rowdies were scheduled to play Saint Leo on March 29, but the match was canceled due to inclement weather.
Goalkeeper Matt Pickens, signed last week from Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, joined training Thursday and will be eligible for selection against Saint Leo. Pickens has played 11 professional seasons, including 10 in Major League Soccer. He spent the last five seasons with the Colorado Rapids, where he made 116 appearances for the club, including a 2-1 MLS Cup victory over FC Dallas in 2010. Pickens holds the Rapids’ franchise records in career games in goal (116), shutouts (29), and wins (41). The goalkeeper has had 40 shutouts and a career goals-against average of 1.25.
Defender Willie Hunt will be joined by defender Linval Lewis, bringing the total number of trialists to two.
The Rowdies will kick off the 2014 NASL Season on Saturday, April 12 against FC Edmonton at downtown St. Petersburg Al Lang Stadium. With tickets going fast, fans can save money by purchasing single game tickets today by contacting the Rowdies’ front office at (877) ROWDIES (877.769.3437) or by clicking here.