Trinidad just too good for Rowdies to pass up

Dave Scheiber
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St. Petersburg Times

The Tampa Bay Rowdies will train to a calypso beat next month, spending one week on the island of Trinidad before dancing into the 1981 outdoor soccer season.

"Pre-season training is so very important," said Tampa Bay head coach Gordon Jago. "And because fewer NASL teams are training in the Bay area, we are faced with little or no competition to prepare for the new season. When the Trinidad Football Association extended an invitation, it was just too good to pass up. The entire situation is ideal."

The Rowdies will leave for Trinidad on March 13 and play three games during their stay. On Sunday the 15th, the Rowdies face a team called Tesoro--the first division runnerup in Trinidad.

Tampa Bay then takes on Memphis, winner of Trinidad's Football Association Cup, on Tuesday the 17th. And the Rowdies conclude their playing schedule against the Trinidad National under-21 team on Thursday the 19th. The Rowdies are due back in Tampa on March 20 or 21, and will open their outdoor season against the Tulsa Roughnecks in Tampa Stadium on March 28.

"The traveling isn't too expensive or tiring, the stay is short and the weather is just what we'll face this summer," said Jago.