Major League Soccer Returns to St. Pete with Rowdies Suncoast Invitational
The second annual Rowdies Suncoast Invitational is set to return to the sunshine of St. Petersburg this February, with five Major League Soccer clubs set to compete alongside the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
ST. PETERSBURG – Al Lang Stadium will host five total matches in the second annual Suncoast Invitational soccer tournament in February.
The tournament will include a doubleheader on Feb. 18 and a tripleheader on Feb. 25. Along with the Rowdies, the Montreal Impact, D.C. United, Philadelphia Union, Chicago Fire and Toronto FC will all play at Al Lang, 230 First St.SE.
The tournament debuted last season to rave reviews from some of MLS’s biggest stars for the unique atmosphere and playing surface at the Rowdies’ home stadium.
Four of the five MLS teams in this year’s edition of the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational qualified for the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, including the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Toronto FC and runner-up Montreal Impact.
Along with their participation in the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, the Impact will have an extended visit to St. Petersburg for their preseason training camp. During their time in the Sunshine City, the Impact will call Al Lang Stadium home, using the field, locker room and gym facilities alongside the Rowdies.
Tickets range from $15 to $20 in the main stadium bowl to $30 for the Midfielder’s Club and Reserve sections. A ticket includes all matches on a specific day. 2017 Tampa Bay Rowdies season ticket members will receive a complimentary ticket to one of the two matchdays of their choice (Feb. 18 or 25).
Tickets to the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
Feb. 18 – Al Lang Stadium
5 p.m. Montreal Impact vs. DC United
7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union
Feb. 22 – Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, 2450 Drew St., Clearwater
7 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact
Feb. 25 – Al Lang Stadium
3 p.m. Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire
5 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. DC United
7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Montreal Impact
*match schedule subject to change
The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced their #MLS2StPete campaign in December and were named as one of the 10 candidates in the running for an MLS franchise less than two weeks later. The campaign also includes a privately funded renovation and expansion plan to Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg. For information on the campaign, go to MLS2StPete.com.
For information about the Rowdies and the Suncoast Invitational, go to rowdiesoccer.com.
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