Mike Manganello, my friend, former colleague, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies communications coordinator,holds the distinction of being the first person to support The Soccer Tour on Patreon and the first person to host me on my travels. What a guy.

Pictured here next to the other half of the Rowdies fantastic PR and communications duo Nico Castillo, Mike showed me around Al Lang Stadium on my first days in St. Petersburg, invited me into his home to stay during my time in town, and made sure there was plenty of delicious food and beer.

It was the perfect first stop of the tour. Thanks, Mike!