Rongen's Rowdies reload with seven acquisitions

The Tampa Bay Rowdies are making a big push to put their disappointing 2014 season behind them with seven offseason acquisitions under new head coach Thomas Rongen. The latest signing: 21-year-old winger Robert Hernandez, who has played more than 90 games for Venezuelan First Division club Deportivo Anzoategui. He is the second Venezuelan the Rowdies have imported in recent weeks.

Other signings:

-- Venezuelan midfielder Juan Guerra, 27, joins the Rowdies after a brief stint with Venezuelan First Division club Deportivo Lara. The FIU product has four caps with the Venezuelan national team.

-- Uruguayan midfielder Martin Nunez, 27, spent the last two seasons with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he made 35 starts in 40 matches. He spent the 2012 season with the NSC Minnesota Stars, leading them to an appearance in the 2012 NASL Soccer Bowl.

-- Darnell King, 24, spent his entire professional career with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he made 75 appearances in his three seasons.

-- Defender Brad Rusin, 28, most recently played for USL PRO's Orlando City in 2014. He spent 2013 with MLS's Vancouver Whitecaps.

-- Defender Gale Agbossoumonde, 23, had been waived by the Colorado Rapids. He will be reunited with Rongen, his coach on the U.S. U-20s.

-- Darwin Espinal, 19, spent the past two seasons at Darton State College, where he was a two time Junior College All-American with 23 goals as a freshman and 29 as a sophomore.
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