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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rowdies will welcome five MLS clubs to Al Lang Stadium for the second annual Rowdies Suncoast Invitational this February, with D.C. United, the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, the Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire all set to compete in downtown St. Petersburg ahead of the opening weekend of the MLS regular season.
Al Lang Stadium will host five matches in the tournament, with a doubleheader on Saturday, February 18 and a tripleheader on Saturday, February 25. The tournament debuted last season to rave reviews from some of MLS’s biggest stars for the unique atmosphere and playing surface at the Rowdies’ home stadium.
Four of the five MLS teams in this year’s edition of the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational qualified for the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, including the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Toronto FC and runner-up Montreal Impact.
Along with their participation in the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, the Impact will have an extended visit to St. Petersburg for their preseason training camp. During their time in the Sunshine City, the Impact will call Al Lang Stadium home, using the field, locker room and gym facilities alongside the Rowdies.
2017 Rowdies Suncoast Invitational Schedule
Saturday, February 18 – Al Lang Stadium
Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United, 5 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22 – Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex
Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact – 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 – Al Lang Stadium
Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire, 3 p.m.
Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, 5 p.m.
Tampa Bay vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m.
*match schedule subject to change
Tickets range from $15 to $20 in the main stadium bowl to $30 for the Midfielder’s Club and Reserve sections. A ticket includes all matches on a specific day. 2017 Tampa Bay Rowdies season ticket members will receive a complimentary ticket to one of the two matchdays of their choice (2/18 or 2/25).
Tickets to the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational will be available at Ticketmaster.com and will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 18.