The Tampa Bay Rowdies have exercised the options on three of the club’s young players. They are goalkeeper Chris Glodack, midfielder Jeff Michaud, and midfielder Verneri Valimaa. Coincidentally, all three are 22 years old.
Glodack was available as the number three goalkeeper last year. Head Coach Stuart Campbell said some good things about Goldack and his work ethic:
"It’s tough being a No. 2 goalkeeper, let alone a No. 3 goalkeeper,… It’s tough to work your way into a starting spot, but Chris’ application and attitude are perfect. He comes in day in, day out, ready to train at 100 percent and never moans or groans. He just wants to work, and for that reason, he’s got a big future in the game."
Both Michaud and Valimaa were first year professionals and made four appearances in 2015. In addition, both are from South Florida; Glodack attended IMG Academy in Bradenton.
"Jeff and Verneri got a chance to play a little bit last season. They equipped themselves pretty well and I’m looking for them to push on next season. I’m excited to see the progress they make in 2016 as they continue their development as young professionals."
As per the Rowdies’ press release, the team roster is currently 18 players, 13 of them returnees from the 2015 season and five new signees, Kalif Alhassan, Tommy Heinemann, Danny Mwanga, Walter Ramirez, and Frankie Sanfilippo.