The North American Soccer League announced the 2013 Spring Schedule on Thursday.
To view the 2013 Spring Schedule, click here.
The reigning NASL Soccer Bowl Champions Tampa Bay Rowdies will start the 2013 campaign by hosting the Carolina RailHawks in its 2013 home opener on Saturday, April 6 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. This will be a rematch of the 2012 NASL Playoffs Semifinals, where the Rowdies defeated Carolina 5-4 on aggregate.
The Rowdies will continue their quest to defend the NASL Soccer Bowl title the following week when they travel to play the 2012 regular season champions San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday, April 13. The game will be the first-ever NASL match played in the Scorpions’ newly built 8,500-seat soccer-specific stadium, Toyota Field.
One of the most anticipated matchups of the season will come in weeks seven and eight when the Rowdies face Minnesota in a rematch of the 2012 NASL Soccer Bowl Finals. Like the 2012 NASL Soccer Bowl, Tampa Bay will first travel to play Minnesota on Saturday, May 18, and then the Rowdies will host the Stars the following weekend at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday, May 25.
The 2013 Spring Season will also feature the continuation of the rivalry between the Rowdies and the Strikers, with Ft. Lauderdale hosting the first match on Saturday, April 27. A great Rowdies tradition is continued on Thursday, July 4 when the Rowdies host the Strikers with the match followed by fireworks.
All teams will play each other once at home and once on the road, with each team playing 12 games between April 6 and July 4. The team that tops the standings at the summer break will qualify for the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl as the host team. The Soccer Bowl will be held the weekend of November 16, where the Spring Season champion will face the Fall Season champion.
For more information or to order 2013 season tickets, fans can e-mail email@example.com or call 813-287-1539. For season ticket prices and a seating chart of Al Lang Stadium click here. Single-game tickets will go on sale at a later date.
2013 NASL OPENING WEEKEND
Saturday, April 6
Carolina at Tampa Bay - Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg
San Antonio at Minnesota
Edmonton at Ft. Lauderdale
OTHER NASL HOME OPENERS
Saturday, April 13
Ft. Lauderdale at Atlanta
FC Edmonton at Carolina
Tampa Bay at San Antonio
Sunday, April 28
San Antonio at FC Edmonton
|Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Carolina RailHawks 0|
|Minnesota United 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3|
|Scorpions Hold Halftime Lead Over Strikers|
|Silverbacks Have Edge Over RailHawks At Halftime|
|Match Preview: San Antonio vs. Fort Lauderdale|
|Match Preview: Atlanta vs. Carolina|
|Rowdies Steal Halftime Lead Over United|
|Match Preview: Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay|
|Where To Watch In Week 7|
|Campos Diving Header Is NASL Play of Week 6|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||5||2||2||1||2||8|
|Minnesota United FC||5||2||2||1||2||8|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||5||1||1||3||-4||4|
|San Antonio Scorpions||5||0||2||3||-6||2|