Tampa Bay Rowdies Make Rare Polk Appearance
Posted on March 29th, 2012 by Emily Leineweber
The Tampa Bay Rowdies will make a rare appearance in Polk County Saturday, March 31 as they end their preseason tour at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. The Rowdies will face the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers at 7:00 p.m, the final game of their preseason tour, the “Rowdies Rush”. The original Tampa Bay Rowdies began in the North American Soccer League (NASL) back in 1975 as an expansion team and became one of the most successful teams in the league, winning the Soccer Bowl Championship in 1975, and reaching the finals in 1978 and 1979. Since then, soccer had been non-existent in Tampa until 2008 when a group of investors purchased the right to a soccer franchise. The Tampa Bay Rowdies began their first season in 2010 as the FC Tampa Bay in the United Soccer Leagues (USL), until recently changing their name back to the Tampa Bay Rowdies and rejoining the NASL.
This event will be held in conjunction with the Florida Youth Soccer Association, who is based in Auburndale at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park, and will feature youth teams from around the Polk County area helping out with pregame events and festivities. Admission to the event is free for the public so don’t miss out on your chance to catch an intense rival professional soccer game! Its Free, Free, FREE!
For more information, please contact Cody McGhee from the Florida Youth Soccer Association at 863-268-8220 or visit www.fysa.com.