Another critical week of matches in week 5 of the North American Soccer League Spring Season is highlighted by Carolina RailHawks visiting San Antonio Scorpions in this week’s North American Soccer League ‘Match of the Week’ broadcast live on ESPN3 on Saturday, May 10 at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm CT. Both Carolina and San Antonio, along with the remaining six clubs, are still in contention to catch league-leader Minnesota United FC and claim the 2014 Spring Championship.
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Looking for their first home victory in 2014, the fifth-place San Antonio Scorpions take on the Carolina RailHawks, who are currently in third in the league standings following a 1-0 win against the visiting New York Cosmos. The RailHawks extended their unbeaten streak to 18 games at WakeMed Soccer Park last week. However, San Antonio has won three of the last four encounters against Carolina at Toyota Field.
“We are off to the best start in team history, yet we still have the potential for substantial growth as a team,” said Scorpions coach Alen Macina. “Carolina won’t make it easy on us as they have a strong attack and steady defense, but we believe in ourselves and what we are capable of achieving.”
Saturday’s NASL Spring Week 5 also has one of the league’s expansion team, Ottawa Fury FC, hosting Tampa Bay Rowdies at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium at 7 pm ET. The first-ever meeting between the two teams will broadcast in Canada on Rogers TV and on radio at TSN 1200.
Fury FC have outscored their opponents 5-2 in its first two home matches, while the Rowdies continued to be one of the best road teams in the NASL as they are unbeaten so far in 2014.
“These are two teams that are separated by two points,” said Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos. “It’s a massive game for both. Tampa Bay has a lot of history and we know how ready we need to be to play a game like this. I believe in the group we have and that we will be ready to answer in front of our fans.”
The other NASL expansion team hosting on Saturday is Indy Eleven when they host FC Edmonton at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carrol Stadium at 7:30 pm ET, with the encounter shown locally live on MyINDY TV-23.
This is the first meeting between the two sides as both clubs are also looking for their first victory of the season. Indy Eleven is currently unbeaten at home following consecutive draws to open their inaugural season, while FC Edmonton, who is coming off a 2-1 win over the defending Canadian champion Montreal Impact in the first-leg of the semifinals, is looking for its first NASL road victory since 2012.
“Both us and Edmonton are in need of a win on Saturday because of where we sit on the table,” said Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer. “Nothing but three points will do, so fans should see two very hungry teams taking it to each other on the field Saturday night.”
Elsewhere on Saturday, a pair of clubs riding 2-game winning streaks meet as the Atlanta Silverbacks travel to face second-place team of Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium at 7:30 pm as it will broadcast locally on radio via Sofloradio.com.
Silverbacks lead the head-to-head match-ups against the Strikers however, Fort Lauderdale has won the last two meetings this past Fall Season while outscoring Atlanta 7-2.
“We have much respect for Atlanta,” said Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner. “We are two teams that have both won two games in a row and will be looking to extend the streak. But we’re a strong team now, and it’s very hard now for teams to beat us at home. If we can win this game at home, we’ll stay right in the hunt for first place, so anything can happen.”
Rounding out Week 5 encounters will be a Monday Night Fútbol match-up when league-leader Minnesota United FC aims to remain perfect in the standings when it faces the hosts and defending champion New York Cosmos at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium at 7:30 pm live locally on ONE World Sports.
Minnesota is coming off a 3-2 win over visiting Indy Eleven last week, while New York lost its second consecutive game for the first time in three decades after falling 1-0 on the road to Carolina.
United coach Manny Lago comment on upcoming encounter against the Cosmos: "It's tough, they have so many offensive weapons. Of course, we know the team has been driven by Marcos Senna and their ability to distribute the ball and come into the play late for goals. We certainly have to be aware of him, and also his set piece prowess. Overall we know they'll be hungry for goals and we need to make sure we shut down their dangerous players.”
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