Opinion Posts

Preseason 2021

The weather is beautiful. Not too hot and little humidity. Waking up this morning, going outside with my coffee in an Unused Substitutes mug, and soaking in the vibes of my favorite time of year. The only thing in the air thicker than excitement and optimism is the pollen. Today is the first preseason match […]


An Open Letter…

Dear Ralph’s Mob and all Rowdies Supporters, I am a little disappointed by the lack of presence we, as supporters, have had for the team we love. Call it a malaise or whatever you like, but the energy level of the supporters feels as if it has fallen off considerably compared to the enthusiasm at […]



We now know at least one thing that Tampa Bay Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell was likely up to during his recent extended trip to England. It appears as though the Rowdies have been in contact with midfielder Sam Saunders of English Championship side Brentford FC. When interviewed by Get West London, Saunders is quoted in […]


In Defense of..

If you go back through the archives of The Unused Substitutes, way back, to the first few episodes, I mentioned a fan who stood behind me and heckled Georgi Hristov for being lazy. The same Hristov that was awarded the NASL Golden Ball for MVP. Fast forward to now and search the 2015 Rowdies thread […]


Roster News!

It’s now the offseason and roster moves are well under way across the league. Fans already learned the Rowdies have made some moves already in releasing Kamil Contofalsky, Rich Balchan, Marquez Fernandez, Martin Nunez, Marcelo Saragosa, Zac Boggs, and Corey Hertzog. They also exercised options on Darnell King, Zac Portillos, Keith Savage, and Darwin Espinal. […]


Devil in the details

Last year, the Strikers won their first Coastal Cup. In our house. That bitter taste still remains in my mouth. The 2015 edition of this long standing rivalry begins  on Saturday. Can the Rowdies come away with a win or do we tumble down the Coastal Cup standings? After last week’s listless performance in Ottawa, […]


In Defense of Matt Pickens

As of February 26th, 2015 Everybodysoccer.com has Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens listed 14th in their list of top American keepers. Thats a full 22 spots ahead of the next listed NASL keeper, Mitch Hildebrandt. Yet, a few fans still aren’t convinced. I must admit, as Rowdies fans, we have been pretty spoiled by the men that have tended […]


Did the Defense Improve?

In almost every one of his interviews the new Rowdies Head Coach Thomas Rongen mentions, “the spine of the team,” as being his top priority. For a team that has conceded 50 goals in the combined 2014 season, one can see why. While the Rowdies retained Tamika Mkandawire, Blake Wagner, and captain Frankie Sanfilippo, the […]