2016 Rowdies Suncoast Invitational preseason poster
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Six MLS clubs to take part in new Tampa Bay preseason tournament

Tampa Bay is getting ready to join in on the MLS preseason action.

The NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies announced on Wednesday a new preseason tournament, called the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, that will feature a slate of MLS teams next month.

Participating in the series with the Rowdies are the Philadelphia Union, New York City FC, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC. It will run from Feb. 17 to Feb. 27 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida and the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these MLS teams to St. Petersburg,” said Rowdies principal owner Bill Edwards in a statement. “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring some of the world’s best soccer talent home to our fans."

Tickets to all matches will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, January 29.

Along with participating in the Rowdies invitational, the Impact will hold a preseason training camp hosted by the Rowdies from Feb. 15-28.

Match Schedule

Wednesday, February 17 – Al Lang Stadium
D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union, 4 p.m.
New York City FC vs Montreal Impact, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 20 – Al Lang Stadium
D.C. United vs Montreal Impact, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24 – Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex
Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact, 4 p.m.
New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 27 – Al Lang Stadium
Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Montreal Impact, 7 p.m.
*match schedule subject to change