MLS Clubs Head to St. Pete for Suncoast Invitational

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The second annual Rowdies Suncoast Invitational returns to the Burg February 18, 22 and 25 of this year. Five Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs set to compete on our local field along with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Al Lang Stadium to host MLS clubs

Five matches will take place at Al Lang Stadium with a doubleheader planned for Saturday, Feb. 18 and a tripleheader on Saturday, Feb. 25. MLS clubs participating this year include Philadelphia Union, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, Chicago Fire and Toronto F.C. — reigning Eastern Conference champions.

Four of the five participating MLS clubs qualified for the playoffs last season, which means the Rowdies are in for some good competition next month. The Montreal Impact will extend their stay beyond the Invitational for their preseason training camp.

Six games over the course of three days

The Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex (2450 Drew Street) will host one match on Wednesday, Feb. 22 — Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact. The Invitational will give the Tampa Bay Rowdies the opportunity to show Major League Soccer officials what St. Pete’s soccer community is all about.

Full Match Schedule

Saturday, February 18 – Al Lang Stadium
Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United, 5pm
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 22 – Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex
Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact – 7pm

Saturday, February 25 – Al Lang Stadium
Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire, 3pm
Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, 5pm
Tampa Bay vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30pm

Tickets are on sale now! Click HERE to purchase yours.

The drive to make the Rowdies an MLS team continues

In December 2016, Rowdies officials announced the team’s campaign — #MLS2STPETE — to become a Major League Soccer expansion team. They’re currently one of ten teams up for consideration. The campaign includes a privately funded renovation and expansion of Al Lang Stadium.

You can help make the Rowdies MLS dreams a reality,by purchasing Rowdies season tickets. Major League Soccer has proven to have a significant economic impact on the communities that have a team. It would add full and part-time job opportunities at Al Lang Stadium, provide a boost in tourism during the regular season and playoffs and showcase our city with further national and international exposure.

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Written by Brian Bailey


Brian Bailey is the founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Brian is currently the Chief Marketing & Experience Officer for Metro Inclusive Health.