Best hometown team made good

The Tampa Bay Rowdies

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With the Lightning still trying to find its brilliance from years past, the Bucs teetering on oblivion, the Rays barely clawing out a playoff berth and the Storm lost in the clouds, the Rowdies emerged last year as the most successful team in the area. Playing in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Al Lang Stadium four nights before Halloween, the boys in green and gold captured the NASL Soccer Bowl over Minnesota when local hero Jeff Attinella made three saves in a penalty shoot-out thriller. The victory gave the organization its second NASL championship and the first since it rejoined the league.

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