First place Rowdies face the second place Louisville
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay will be in Louisville for their first road battle tonight at Slugger Field. You can watch the game right here where all the action will take place.
This evening the first place and undefeated Rowdies will play their road game of the 2017 season against a talented Louisville City FC team that has played well so far in this early season. Tampa Bay enters the clash with a 3-0-0 record and 9 points while Louisville are 2-0-1 with 7 points with first place in the USL Eastern Division on the line.
For those not familiar with the Rowdies, they feature former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole; Wolfsburg and Germany midfielder Marcel Schafer, former Danish international Martin Vingaard; and Jamaican international Deshorn Brown, on their potent roster.
Both the Rowdies and Louisville City, both enjoy playing an imposing, possession and passing style. Tampa Bay will have to watch Devon “Speedy” Williams and Paolo DelPiccolo, two players who have led the way thus far for a very talented Louisville City. Both players have recorded the most passes per 90 minutes of the starters this season.
In other news according to Tampa Bay Business Journal, Bill Edwards, the owner of the Tampa Bay Rowdies is suing the North American Soccer League for damages caused by his purchase of the team.
The Journal report states that he (Edwards) would not have bought the team if he had been told of corruption that resulted in indictments and guilty pleas involving international soccer officials.
According court documents the suit contends that the NASL did not inform Edwards of what he called “a massive racketeering conspiracy, money laundering, wire fraud . . . and more than $150 million in bribes tainting the League, its officials and a major shareholder.”
Tampa Bay left the NASL and are now part of the United Soccer League. Meanwhile, this does not change Edwards ultimate goal of having the Rowdies join Major League Soccer by 2020.