A pair of goals from Uruguayan midfielder Enzo Martinez helped the Carolina RailHawks extend their home unbeaten streak to 17 following a 4-1 victory over the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers and is among the NASL international player highlights this past weekend.
Along with the Martinez tallies, the RailHawks received a couple of assists from midfielders Cesar Elizondo of Costa Rica and Ty Shipalane of South Africa, while Guyana midfielder Chris Nurse had the only tally for the Strikers in the loss on Saturday, April 19.
Another Uruguayan midfielder, Sebástian Guenzatti, helped the New York Cosmos push their NASL regular season unbeaten streak to 13 matches after a 1-0 triumph over the hosts FC Edmonton on Saturday evening in front of a sold out record crowd of 4,399 at Clarke Stadium. Forward Mads Stokkelien of Norway assisted on the game-winner for the Cosmos who also remain perfect and on top of the NASL Standings.
Also on Saturday, Honduran defender Erick Norales scored the equalizer for the hosts Indy Eleven in the 1-1 draw against Tampa Bay Rowdies to the delight of the sold out 10,412 at IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium; A third sold out crowd of 3,457 at Carleton University's Keith Harris Stadium witness Brazilian forward Vini Dantas make history scoring Ottawa Fury FC's first goal in the 2-1 home loss to visiting Minnesota United FC. A total of 5,000 spectators at Atlanta Silverbacks Park saw the El Salvadorian midfielder Junior Burgos set up Honduran midfielder Junior Sandoval had the only tally for the hosts Atlanta Silverbacks in the 2-1 loss to the San Antonio Scorpions, while the forwards Danny Barrera (Colombia) and Eric Hassli (France) assisted on the Scorpions first and second goals, respectively.
Every Monday throughout the 2014 Spring Season, the North American Soccer League (NASL) put its international stars - both coaches & players - under the 'NASL International Spotlight' focusing on the league's overseas connections.
International Players/Coaches in 2014 North American Soccer League Spring Season Week 2
Saturday, April 19
Ottawa Fury FC 1 Minnesota United FC 2 at Carleton University's Keith Harris Stadium
Defenders - Maykon (Brazil) earned a full 90 on the field, while Omar Jarun (Palestine) played 12 minutes before being replaced due to injury.
Midfielders - Richie Ryan (Ireland) saw action the entire game, while Hamza Elias (Ghana) came in off the bench for the final 60 second of the match.
Forwards - Vini Dantas (Brazil) scored the club's first goal in history before subbing out in the 80th minute, while Oliver Minatel (Brazil) played the whole game.
Defenders - Cristiano Dias (Brazil) and Tiago Calvano (Brazil) both played the whole game.
Midfielders - Omar Daley (Jamaica) was one minute shy of a complete match before being substituted by Simone Bracalello (Italy), while Juliano Vicentini (Brazil) saw action in 19 minutes before being replaced due to injury. Daniel Mendes (Brazil) also entered as a substitute in the 67th minute.
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 San Antonio Scorpions 2 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park
Goalkeeper - Eric Ati (Cameroon) played the entire match.
Midfielders - Junior Sandoval (Honduras) scored the only goal for the club during his 90 minutes on the field, while Junior Burgos (El Salvador) came in off the bench in the 76th minute and assisted on the team's only tally. Janny Rivera (Colombia) saw action in 65 minutes before being substituted.
Forwards - Kwadwo Poku (Ghana) earned a complete game, while Deon McCaulay (Belize) played the first half before being replaced.
Midfielders - Stephen DeRoux (Jamaica) and Richard Menjivar (El Salvador) each earned a full 90.
Forwards - Danny Barrera (Colombia) also played the entire game and assisted on the club's first goal, while Tomasz Zahorski (Poland) saw action in five minutes before suffering an injury and was substitute by Eric Hassli (France) who assisted on the team's game-winner.
Carolina RailHawks 4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 at WakeMed Soccer Park
Midfielders - Enzo Martinez (Uruguay) scored twice before being substituted in 86th minute, while Ty Shipalane (South Africa) assisted on the team's second goal before being replaced in the 83rd minute. Jun Marques Davidson (Japan) played the entire match, while Cesar Elizondo (Costa Rica) also earned a full 90 and assisted on the club's fourth tally. Nick Millington (Guyana) saw action in 75 minutes before being substituted by Toni Stahl (Finland).
Coach - Colin Clarke (Northern Ireland) extended his NASL all-time coaching victories to 38, while the team continued its unbeaten streak at home to 17 consecutive games.
Goalkeeper - Oka Nikolov (Germany) played the entire game.
Defender -Ivan Guerrero (Honduras) earned another full 90.
Midfielders - Chris Nurse (Guyana) scored the only goal from the team during his time on the field, while
Mark Anderson (England) and Pecka (Brazil) also earned a complete match under their belts.
Forwards - Marius Ebbers (Germany) saw action the entire game, while Martin Nuñez (Uruguay) played 75 minutes before being replaced.
Coach - Gunter Kronsteinter (Austria) suffered his first loss of the season
Indy Eleven 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 at IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium
Goalkeeper - Kristian Nicht (Germany) made five saves to earn the draw.
Defenders - Erick Norales (Honduras) scored the club's tying goal during his time on the field, while Jaime Frias (Mexico) also earned a full 90.
Midfielders - Kléberson (Brazil) played the whole game, while Walter Ramirez (Honduras) was a minute shy of the complete match before being replaced. Corby Moore (England) saw action in 78 minutes before being substituted.
Forward - Pedro Mendes (Brazil) came in off the bench at the start of the second half.
Defenders- JP Rodrigues (Guyana) and Takuya Yamada (Japan) both earned a full 90.
Midfielder - Darel Russell (England), Shane Hill (England) and Evans Frimpong (Ghana) also played the whole match.
Forwards - Georgi Hristov (Bulgaria) saw action the entire game, while Lucky Mkosana (Zimbabwe) came in off the bench in the 72nd minute.
Coach - Ricky Hill (England) earns his second consecutive draw in the Spring Season.
FC Edmonton 0 New York Cosmos 1 at Clarke Stadium
Defenders - Lance Laing (Jamaica), Kareem Moses (Trinidad & Tobago) and Albert Watson (Northern Ireland) all earned another full 90 under their belts.
Midfielders - Ritchie Jones (England) also played the whole game, while Horace James (Jamaica) saw action in 73 minutes before being substituted.
Forwards - Daryl Fordyce (Northern Ireland) earned a full 90 on the field, while Tomi Ameobi (England) came in off the bench in the 59th minute.
Defenders - Ayoze (Spain) and Rovérsio (Brazil) played the entire match.
Midfielders - Sebástian Guenzatti (Uruguay) scored the team's game-winner before being replaced in the 84th minute, while Marcos Senna (Spain) saw action the whole game.
Forwards - Mads Stokkelien (Norway) assisted on the club's only tally during his 90 minutes on the field, while Diomar Díaz (Venezuela) played 75 minutes before being substituted. Stefan Dimitrov (Bulgaria) saw action in 63 minutes before being replaced by Joseph Nane (Cameroon)
Coach - Giovanni Savarese's (Venezuela) team remains unbeaten in its last 13 NASL games.