Two veteran members of the Tampa Bay Rowdies pro soccer team have just been renewed for the 2017 season, according to a Dec. 21 announcement from the team.
In re-signing defender Tamika Mkandawire and goalkeeper Matt Pickens, the team has 10 players with a combined 24 years of experience with the club.
Mkandawire, who served as club captain in 2016, joined the team during the 2014 season. He has played in 75 matches for the league, as well as in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
“Since he arrived in 2014, Tam has been central to how we want to play at the back,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “He’s a veteran of the game that leads by example and keeps everything ticking on the field.”
An 82-game veteran, Pickens, 34, has played with the Rowdies for the last three years. Although his contract ended in 2016, he is back as a free agent, according to a Rowdies press release.
“Matt brings us consistency at a very important position on the field,” Campbell said. “He’s a great leader for our team because of the high level he’s played at throughout his career. He’s great at organizing the backline and always puts the work in during the week to get ready for each match.”
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