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SOCCER NOTES: Mkosana Back with Rowdies After Trade with Louisville

FILE PHOTO Lucky Mkosana gets a cross by by Atlanta Blair Gavin Rowdies at home vs. Atlanta. (JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times)

The Tampa Bay Rowdies have acquired forward Lucky Mkosana from Louisville City FC, with forward Antoine Hoppenot going the other direction.

Mkosana, 31, previously played for the Rowdies in 2013 and 2014 and was a fan favorite. He arrived in Tampa Bay this morning and is expected to be eligible for selection for tomorrow night’s match against Ottawa Fury FC.

Mkosana scored four goals in his first stint with the club before departing for the New York Cosmos in 2015.

Last year, Mkosana joined USL Championship side Penn FC and scored 11 goals in  29 appearances. He began this season with Louisville City FC, scoring five times in 16 appearances in all competitions.

“We are absolutely delighted to add Lucky to our squad,” Rowdies Head Coach Neill Collins said. “It is hard to make your squad better at this stage in the season when the team has
performed so well but it says everything about Lucky that we believe he will make us  stronger for the second half of the season. Lucky has qualities that I believe suit our style
of play and also adds a couple of qualities that I believe we have been missing.”

Hoppenot was in his first season with the Rowdies. He appeared in 11 matches in all competitions this year, scoring once in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play.

Tampa Bay hosts Ottawa at 8 p.m. tomorrow night at Al Lang Stadium.

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