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Florida News: USL CUP PLAYOFFS
The Tampa Bay Rowdies first season as part of the United Soccer League came to a sad end last night at Al Lang Field as they lost in a painful game to the defending league champion New York Red Bulls II by a score of 2-1 in extra time. The game was a big battle in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the USL Cup Playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies started their march to prove they are an elite soccer franchise worthy of playing in any league. In their first season as a member of the USL, the Rowdies delighted their boisterous crowd with a dominating performance rolling over FC Cincinnati 3-0 at Al Lang Field and they are 1-0 in USL Cup Playoffs, that features a one-and-done-format.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies earned the No. 3 seed after Saturday night's matches. They finished in a three-way battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference behind Louisville and Charleston.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies march to the USL Cup Playoffs in their first year in the league is off to a great start. Last night, in the regular season finale, Tampa Bay went on the road 90 miles away on Interstate 4 Tampa Bay and vanquished the Orlando City B squad 2-0 to clinch a first-round home game.