Cort (6-4, 172) will be entering his third season with the club, originally joining the Rowdies in August of 2012. Cort featured in 11 matches in 2013, starting in four. His goal in stoppage time against the Strikers on October 5 was one of the nominees for NASL Goal of the Year.
In 2012, Cort played eight matches after joining the club in the later part of the season. His most important goal with the Rowdies was in the second leg of the 2012 NASL Championship Series against Minnesota on October 27. This goal helped the Rowdies come back from a 2-goal deficit and win the 2012 NASL Soccer Bowl.
Cort is from London, England, and is most known for his five seasons with Newcastle United F.C. of the English Premier League. The forward saw action for the Wolverhampton Wanderers over the course of four seasons from 2004-07 and tallied 32 goals. In the 2004–05 season, he notched 16 goals in 40 appearances and the following season added nine goals in the first 11 matches for Wolverhampton.
In addition, the Rowdies have agreed to a new 2-year deal with midfielder Evans Frimpong (1 year plus 1-year club option).
At the moment, the Rowdies updated roster is as follows:
Goalkeeper: Diego Restrepo, Ryan Thompson
Defenders: Jordan Gafa, Jay Needham, Blake Wagner, Frankie Sanfilippo
Midfields: Keith Savage, Evans Frimpong, Kyle Clinton, Shane Hill, Christophe Lallet
Forwards: Georgi Hristov, Lucky Mkosana, Brian Shriver, Amani Walker, Carl Cort
For more information or to order 2014 season tickets, including the new Midfielder’s Premium Club Memberships, fans can e-mail [email protected] or call (813) 287-1539. For season ticket prices and a seating chart for Al Lang Stadium click here.