Bill Edwards is on the mend.
The 72-year-old owner of the Tampa Bay Rowdies had a health scare last month when he traveled to Ohio to have a pacemaker installed. Doctors ended up performing a double bypass surgery.
Edwards is recovering at home in St. Petersburg, keeping track of his business affairs.
“It’ll take two or three months to get back to 100 percent,” Edwards said. “But I’m trying to get better as quickly as possible.
The May 5 surgery at the Cleveland Clinic went well and Edwards hasn’t lost his zest to bring a Major League Soccer expansion franchise to St. Petersburg.
San Diego’s recent apparent implosion is the latest good news for the Rowdies’ chances, he said.
“It certainly helps us move up the ladder. We don’t have those problems,” Edwards said of the recent decision by the San Diego City Council not to fund a special election this year coupled with poll numbers that show mediocre public support for an MLS team.
Tuesday’s news out of Miami that David Beckham’s group had secured the final piece of the land puzzle to build an MLS stadium didn’t faze the Rowdies owner either.
City residents in a May special election overwhelmingly approved a plan for the Rowdies to negotiate with the city to expand Al Lang Stadium to 18,000 seats and secure a long-term lease for the club if selected by MLS for an expansion franchise.
The league is expected to announce four expansion cities in the next year or so with two slots picked by the end of the year.