The Tampa Bay Rowdies have acquired midfielder Charlie Dennis via transfer from fellow USL Championship club Oakland Roots SC after a sterling first season in the league this past campaign. | Photo courtesy Darren Abate / San Antonio FC
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla - The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced on Friday the club had acquired midfielder Charlie Dennis via transfer from fellow USL Championship side Oakland Roots SC for an undisclosed fee. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Dennis joins Tampa Bay following a strong debut USL Championship season in Oakland this past campaign. The 27-year-old bagged four goals and two assists in 34 appearances to help Oakland earn a second consecutive postseason berth in the Western Conference.
“Last year gave me a good taste of what the USL Championship is about,” said Dennis. “I’m feeling confident coming into this next year. The Western Conference was definitely a strong one last year, and it’s exactly the same with the East. There’s a lot of competitive teams. We’re going to have to work that bit harder to separate ourselves from other teams to create the winning mentality within the team that we’re going to have next year.
“Tampa Bay’s going to be a team that I think every year they’re going to be pushing to win trophies and ultimately that’s what I want to do. I want to do well for myself and well for the team. I’m really looking forward to this move.”
Before signing with Roots SC, Dennis made a name for himself as a standout in USL League One, recording 12 goals and 17 assists in 67 regular season appearances in stints with South Georgia Tormenta FC and FC Tucson. Dennis was also teammates with Rowdies veteran Conner Antley during Tormenta FC’s 2019 campaign.
The move brings Dennis back to Florida, where he played two seasons of collegiate soccer for Palm Beach Atlantic University. Prior to making the jump across the Atlantic, Dennis spent several years as part of English side Southampton FC’s youth system.
“Charlie has shown a real desire to come to play for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, which for me is the first and most important part of our recruitment,” said Rowdies Head Coach Neill Collins. “On top of that, Charlie has a lot of attributes that will help us improve as a team. I also believe we can help Charlie fulfill his potential and become a top player in this league.”