Darwin Espinal poised to make big impact for Rowdies

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – If Darwin Espinal is supposed to act like a hot-shot rookie, that’s news to him.

In fact, the Florida-raised forward knows it’s not about him.

Signed by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League last December, the 20-year-old forward knows that it will take a group effort to turn around the team’s recent misfortunes.

“I think that (compared to) last season, it’s going to change completely. I think the attitude of the guys is different,” Espinal said of his new squad currently practising at the University of South Florida. “I don’t know how it was last year, but from what I hear they were not too positive. Coach (Thomas Rongen) is really making us a unit, a team, you know? That’s a key to winning.”