The Tampa Bay Rowdies are now on the road to the USL Championship. Yes, while we’re here cheering on the Tampa Bay Rays as they face the Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card round, we’re also chomping at the bit to see the Rowdies in the USL playoffs.
Come on you Rowdies!
They clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 1-0 defeat to the Ottawa Fury FC due to the Charleston Battery’s 3-1 defeat to Atlanta United 2. Yes, that’s some sports math we can’t quite do in our heads, but we trust nonetheless.
This is the second time in the last three seasons the Rowdies have appeared in the postseason. The team currently sits in 4th place in their conference, and if they can hold onto that spot they’ll automatically advance to the quarterfinals.
Final standings are still up in the air. Official standings will come down to the last few games as several teams are in contention to take the top spot.
Listen, the Rowdies deserve all the praise in the world. The team puts forth a serious effort each and every match. Their energy on the field is matched by the fervent fans who make up Ralph’s Mob. The banging of drums, the memorized chants, and the green and gold all over the place.
There’s also food trucks on hand before and during the match. Eat local, cheer local, be local.
When do the playoffs begin? The play-In round is slated for October 23 with the Conference Quarterfinals set for the weekend of October 25-27.
That’s not all that’s going on at Al Lang Stadium. Organizers will turn it into a haunted Stadium of Screams on October 25 and 27.