Tampa Bay Mutiny

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Tampa Bay Mutiny
Full name Tampa Bay Mutiny
Nickname(s) Mutiny
Founded 1995
Dissolved 2001
Stadium Raymond James Stadium
Ground Capacity 65,857
League Major League Soccer
Current season

The Tampa Bay Mutiny was a charter franchise of Major League Soccer active from 1996 to 2001. They initially played in Tampa Stadium and were immediately successful, winning the first MLS Supporters' Shield behind MLS MVP Carlos Valderrama and high-scoring forward Roy Lassiter, whose 27 goals in 1996 is still the MLS single-season record.

The team hosted the last event at the "Big Sombrero", a 2–1 win over the MetroStars on September 21, 1998. The Mutiny moved to newly built Raymond James Stadium starting with the 1999 season.

The Mutiny had been competitive for its first few seasons. However, as they transitioned into their new home, the trading of popular players (including both Valderrama and Lassiter for little in return) led to less exciting soccer and decreased fan support. Unable to find local buyers[1] and hampered by an unfavorable lease agreement for Raymond James Stadium,[2] the league folded the franchise after the 2001 season.[3]

Like the area's football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the "mutiny" moniker referred to the area's celebrated pirate history, going back to José Gaspar.




  • Semi-Finals Appearances: (1)



  • Playoff Appearances: (4)

1996, 1997, 1999, 2000


Coach & Admin[edit]

1996 Thomas Rongen

  • MLS Executive of the Year Award: (1)

1999 Nick Sakiewicz[4]

  • MLS Operations Executive of the Year Award: (2)

1996 Eddie Austin
2001 Eddie Austin


Head coaches[edit]

Team records[edit]

Home stadiums[edit]


Year Reg. Season Points Playoffs Open Cup
1996 1st, East* 58 Won Conference Semi-Finals (Columbus 2-1)
Lost Conference Finals (D.C. United 0-2)
1997 2nd, East 45 Lost Conference Semi-Finals (Columbus 0-2) Quarter-Finals
1998 5th, East 34 Did not qualify Quarter-Finals
1999 3rd, East 32 Lost Conference Semi-Finals (Columbus 0-2) Quarter-Finals
2000 2nd, Central 52 Lost Quarter-Finals (Los Angeles 0-2) Round of 16
2001 4th, Central 14 Did not qualify Round of 32

* Won MLS Supporters' Shield

Average attendance[edit]

  • 1996: 11,679
  • 1997: 11,338
  • 1998: 10,312
  • 1999: 13,106
  • 2000: 9,452
  • 2001: 10,479
  • Total Average: 11,106

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