The 'Rowdies' were a a North American Soccer League franchise which played for 10 seasons in Tampa Stadium starting in 1975. They were generally successful, winning a Soccer Bowl championship in their inaugural season, making it to league final in both 1978 and 1979, and regularly making the NASL playoffs.

Despite not showcasing the household names other clubs could boast they did have international stars such as Rodney Marsh, league leading goal scorer Oscar Fabbiani and forward Steve Wegerle.