Recently the Tampa Bay Rowdies launched a campaign to garner local support for the team to join Major League Soccer (MLS) during the league’s next round of expansion. At that press conference, Rowdies Chairman and CEO Bill Edwards also explained his plans to privately fund the renovation and expansion of Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg. Sports and recreational tourism play an important role in Pinellas County and throughout the Tampa Bay area. Like Clearwater’s sugar sand beaches which are recognized internationally, I am confident that the Rowdies pitch at Al Lang Field will rank among the league’s best. Let’s support the Rowdies’ bid to join the MLS!