TAMPA, Fla. - Ahead of the Super Y League's 21st year of operations, the league has announced that the highly-anticipated fourth USL Experience will be hosted by the Tampa Bay Rowdies in April 2019.
Preceded by hosts FC Cincinnati, San Antonio FC and Phoenix Rising FC, the USL Experience comes to Tampa Bay to offer an elite multi-day residential event to introduce SYL’s top young players to the rigors of a professional soccer environment.
“We’re looking forward to bringing the USL Experience to the Tampa Bay region in 2019," Rowdies Chief Operating Officer Lee Cohen said. “The level of youth soccer around Tampa Bay and throughout the country continues to rise and we’re excited to bring these prospects into our professional environment to show them what they’re striving for. With the USL office based in our backyard and the two brands working together, it will be a valuable learning experience for everyone involved and we’re grateful for the opportunity.”
72 of the nation's top youth talents will be selected to take part in the exciting experience, which is tabbed to take place in early April 2019. Players will receive invitations in January ahead of the event.
The USL Experience provides additional educational programming, such as workshops and presentations, a stadium and facility tour, access to Tampa Bay Rowdies players and staff, competitive training, match play and much more. They will also have meals, lodging and training gear provided at no cost.
“The Rowdies have a very exciting future,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “There is new ownership in place, and a very professional atmosphere. As such, Super Y League’s young talents will benefit greatly from this opportunity and I fully anticipate a superb event in our fourth year running USL Experience.”
The Rowdies have competed in the USL Championship since 2017, and reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the USL Cup Playoffs during their first season in the league. The club is one of the most renowned in North American soccer, with Tampa Bay's soccer origins in the United States dating back to 1975.