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  1. Report: Tampa Bay to miss out on MLS expansion this time?

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    It doesn't look like Major League Soccer will be expanding to Tampa Bay this time around, according to a report this week from Sports Illustrated.

    Rowdies fans wave flags ahead of the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  2. Rowdies season ends with playoff loss to New York Red Bulls II

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    ST. PETERSBURG — So much for seedings.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies forward Sebastian Guenzatti gets tripped up in the box while attempting to score in the first half against the New York Red Bulls II Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  3. Rowdies ready to take on defending USL champ

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    ST. PETERSBURG — They lost their final regular-season match and could have been watching the playoffs from home had a couple of other final-week United Soccer League results gone differently.

    Marcel Schafer of the Tampa Bay Rowdies reacts after scoring the second goal of the first half against FC Cincinnati at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg.  [Saturday October 21, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  4. Red-hot Rowdies win playoff opener

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies entered Saturday night's United Soccer League playoff opener as the league's hottest team. First-round opponent FC Cincinnati did nothing to cool them down.

    Marcel Schafer carries a Rowdies teammate on his back after scoring his second goal against Cincinnati in Saturday night’s USL playoff game at Al Lang. Up next: another home game, Oct. 28 against New York Red Bulls II.
  5. A rare treat Saturday for Rowdies: a home playoff game

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Rowdies fans, set to be rewarded with their first home playoff match in five years, can also take a little credit for it.

    From left, Georgi Hristov, Joe Cole and Marcel Schafer are among the Rowdies’ top scorers.
  6. Rowdies to host Cincinnati in playoffs

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    The Rowdies open the USL playoffs by hosting sixth seed Cincinnati in an Eastern Conference quarterfinal at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Al Lang Stadium.

  7. Rowdies clinch home playoff game with win in finale

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    ORLANDO — The Rowdies shut out Orlando City B 2-0 in Thursday's regular-season finale, clinching a home game in the USL quarterfinals.

  8. Win puts Rowdies back in playoffs

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Two sides that wanted a win in the worst way, if for different reasons, made for vastly entertaining soccer Wednesday night.

    Rowdies captain Joe Cole, who scores his team’s first goal in the match, holds off New York midfielder Kazu Shigenobu for a loose ball.
  9. Tie keeps Rowdies from clinching playoff spot

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies had plenty to play for Saturday, but their opponent had even more at stake. Though outplaying the Bethlehem Steel all night, Tampa Bay ended up with a 1-1 tie before an announced crowd of 6,611 at Al Lang Stadium.

    Bethlehem's Yosef Samuel, left, attempts to gain control of the ball as Rowdies' Darnell King takes control of the play during the first half Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 in St. Petersburg. Photo by Matt May, Rowdies
  10. Rowdies close in on playoff spot

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    ST. PETERSBURG — It went beyond physical to one of their key players getting injured and possibly out for the season due to the aggressiveness of the opponent's tackles.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Michael Nanchoff settles a pass while being defended by New York Cosmos forward Yasmani Duk during the Tampa Bay Rowdies game against the New York Cosmos on Saturday night, July 23, 2016 in downtown St. Petersburg. ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times