New Tampa Bay Rowdies signing Matthew Srbely recorded seven goals and nine assists for Toronto FC II in 51 appearances for the club. | Photo courtesy Lucas Kschischang / Toronto FC II
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced on Thursday the club had signed Canadian midfielder Matthew Srbely to a two-year deal ahead of the 2021 USL Championship season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
Srbely began his professional career with current USL League One side Toronto FC II, where he made 51 appearances over three seasons and notched seven goals and nine assists. A native of Brampton, Ontario, Srbely joined Danish club Thisted FC on loan after Toronto FC II withdrew from the 2020 League One season, where he made five appearances before their season was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
“I am excited that we are able to bring another young and hungry player to our squad,” said Rowdies Head Coach Neill Collins. “Matt checks a lot of boxes for us, including his USL experience to date coupled with his undoubted potential. He will add another dimension to our midfield with creativity in the final third.”
During the 2019 season, Srbely was the top-scoring midfielder for TFC II with four goals. He also led the side with five assists, which placed him tied for seventh in the league, and 12 shots on goal, while also notching 24 chances created in 18 appearances.
“I’m beyond excited to get to work with such a great team and organization this year,” Srbely said. “I’m looking forward to helping the team return to the finals and bring our fans some trophies.”