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Rowdies, soccer team owned by the Rays, to debut on Fox Sports Sun

The Tampa Bay Rowdies will debut on the network that carries Rays games on Saturday, July 11.

SOCCER: JAN 08 Florida Cup Challenge - TB Rowdies v VFL Wolfsburg Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rowdies have announced their return to play match on Saturday, July 11 against Atlanta United 2 will air live on FOX Sports Sun.

The match is part of the opening weekend of games that will kick off the United Soccer League’s resumption of the 2020 season. This is the first time that FOX Sports Sun will broadcast a Rowdies match. Coverage from Al Lang Stadium will begin at the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, with play-by-play broadcaster Drew Fellios and analyst Ryan Davis on the call.

The game will be carried digitally on FOX Sports Go and ESPN+.

The USL Championship, the second tier of soccer in the United States, suspended the 2020 season on March 12 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 4, the USL Championship Board of Governors voted in favor of returning to play for the 2020 season.

Last week, the league unveiled a revised regular-season schedule, featuring games over 13 weeks to decide which 16 teams will advance to the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs.

Previously, the Rowdies won their season opener, 1-0, over the New York Red Bulls II on March 7, their only match before the league’s suspension of play. The league has since revised schedule includes 15 Rowdies games from July 11–October 3, with eight of those at Al Lang Stadium.