Tampa Bay Rowdies Hold First On-Field Event
Photo by Carl Wagenfohr
TAMPA, FL -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies kicked off their preparations in earnest this week with the first of four invitation-only combines as part of the building process for its 2010 inaugural team roster. About 60 international and domestic players took part in the first three-day combine held in Tampa at the Ed Radice Sports Complex.
Players came from numerous countries around the globe, but also included several players with local ties that fans may be familiar with, some with USL experience. Among those players were:
Richard Jata - A New Port Richey native, he attended Furman University and Campbell University where he scored a total of 32 goals, 18 assists and 82 points. He played for Carolina Dynamo (2007-08) in the USL Premier Development League.
Jordan Seabrook - Attended the University of South Florida where he played forward from 2005-08. Seabrook played for Crystal Palace Baltimore in the USL Second Division in 2009 after being drafted by Colorado Rapids in the 2009 MLS Super Draft.
Brian Shriver - A Clearwater native who was an all-state performer at Clearwater High School. He played for the University of North Carolina, reaching the NCAA Men's College Cup championship game in 2008. He played for Miami FC in the USL First Division and made six appearances after being drafted by FC Dallas in the 2009 MLS Super Draft.
Steven Morris - Born in Honduras, he moved to Palm Harbor where he played for Countryside High School and Palm Harbor University High School. He played in Honduras for five seasons for Club Deportivo Motagua, Motagua Reserves and Marathon Reserves. He last played for the Bradenton Academics in PDL in 2009 and registered a total of five goals and five assists in 12 games.
Ryan Maxwell - Played as a midfielder for University of Tampa (2006-08), where he tallied a total of 16 goals, 13 assists and 45 points. Maxwell was a first round draft pick of the New England Revolution in the 2009 MLS Super Draft.
Tanner Wolfe - A New Port Richey native, Wolfe attended Stetson University where he played from 2004-08, logging a total of 33 goals and 18 assists. Wolfe currently ranks fifth all-time in Stetson University scoring history.
In the coming months, the Gazette will cover the Rowdies build-up to what should be an exciting first season of play. An announcement of the team's stadium plans should be made by the end of November according to Rowdies Marketing Director Andrew Suggs. The Rowdies have said only that they "will play in a centrally located stadium to be built in northwest Hillsborough County, with easy access from Pinellas and Pasco counties. The stadium will feature approximately 5,500 seats and 16 luxury suites."
The Rowdies are currently accepting 2010 season ticket deposits via their website at www.tbrowdies.com/.
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