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FC Tampa Bay "Rowdies" Open Preseason Against University of Tampa

FC Tampa Bay is back. After a middling first season in 2010, in which they went 7-12-11 but won the Ponce de Leon Cup, the Rowdies are kicking off their second season in a preseason match against the University of Tampa. This is the first out of five preseason matches before the Rowdies start the regular season on April 9th.

The 2011 season looks to be an exciting one for FC Tampa Bay, as the North American Soccer League has now been officially recognized as a soccer league by the United States Soccer Federation and is looking to expand in coming years. The North American Soccer League (NASL) currently consists of eight teams: the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Montreal Impact, NSC Minnesota Stars, Puerto Rico Islanders, and FC Tampa Bay.

The game will start tonight at 7:30 PM, over at Pepin Stadium at the University of Tampa. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children, and students are admitted free. 

For more information on FC Tampa Bay and the game tonight, see the game preview on their webpage. Also, if you're a fan of FC Tampa Bay and looking to enjoy the game with other hardcore fans, Ralph's Mob is the group for you.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.