Former Boston United winger makes United States move

Jordan Adebayo-Smith links up with USL Championship side...
Jordan Adebayo-Smith. Photo: Eric BrownJordan Adebayo-Smith. Photo: Eric Brown
Jordan Adebayo-Smith. Photo: Eric Brown

Former Boston United winger Jordan Adebayo-Smith has moved stateside after signing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The Florida-based Rowdies play in the USL Championship, the second tier of the USA's soccer pyramid.

California-born Adebayo-Smith made 10 appearances for the Pilgrims during a four-month loan spell from Lincoln City last season.

The 20-year-old made his debut in the 3-0 National League North defeat at Gloucester City last August, but was handed his first start two days later and provided an assist for Dominic Knowles as Boston thrashed Altrincham 5-0.

Despite appearing in eight of the first nine games after joining United on loan, Adebayo-Smith then found appearances hard to come by.

His final two appearances were both starts, scoring his only goal for Boston in the 4-2 Lincs Senior Cup victory over his former club Grantham Town and making the starting XI for a 1-0 FA Trophy defeat at Atherton Collieries on November 23.

“It is difficult living so far away from home, but the staff and players were all so welcoming when I arrived,” Adebayo-Smith told the Rowdies' website.

“I am delighted to play for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, an amazing club that will give me the opportunity to develop my abilities on and off the field.

"The Rowdies have an incredible fan base, quality coaches and players, and I hope to help bring another championship to the team in 2021.”

Aderbayo-Smith is by no means the first ex-Pilgrim to play in the United States.

Jim Kabia had a short and frustrating time with the Santa Barbara Condors while Richie Ryan is still competing across the pond.

After moving to Canada's Ottawa Fury in 2014 he has since played for Jacksonville Armada, Miami FC, FC Cincinnati and current club El Paso Locomotive.

Mo Adams played in the MLS for Chicago Fire, before featuring for Tulsa Roughnecks and Atlanta United.

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