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By RYAN TOLMICH
Fresh off a major offseason face-lift, it was nearly impossible to expect the Tampa Bay Rowdies to gel in time for an opening week match with the reigning champions.
But that was exactly what they did, as the Rowdies went to Toyota Park and dominated the San Antonio Scorpions 3-1 to earn SBI NASL Team of the Week.
Among the most transformed teams in the league, the changes that defined the Rowdies offseason paid immediate dividends, as Thomas Rongen’s side swarmed the defending champions from the opening whistle. Led by goals from SBI Player of the Week Stefan Antonijevic, Darwin Espinal and Corey Hertzog, the Rowdies left the Scorpions no room to breathe, save for a last minute consolation goal long after the game had been decided.
The Rowdies’ impressive opening-week performance was enough to earn recognition as SBI NASL Team of the Week, beating out the Jacksonville Armada and Carolina RailHawks for the honor.
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