It was another impactful week for the international players of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Game-winning goals from South African midfielder Ty Shipalane of Carolina RailHawks and English striker Tomi Ameobi of FC Edmonton highlight the league’s international stars, which scored 10 of the 15 total goals during action from this past Week 4 of the NASL Fall Season.
Shipalane scored his third goal of the year and second game-winner against New York Cosmos for the visiting RailHawks 1-0 triumph at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday evening.
FC Edmonton’s international players unquestionably rose to the occasion on Sunday at Edmonton’s Clarke Stadium. Goals from forwards Ameobi, Daryl Fordyce of Northern Ireland and Jamaican midfielder Horace James gave the host their first victory of the NASL Fall Season as they defeated league-leading San Antonio Scorpions, 3-1. Jamaican defender Lance Laing also added a pair of assists for the Eddies, while French forward Eric Hassli had the only tally via penalty kick for Scorpions in their first loss on the road this year.
Over in Indianapolis, Central American midfielders Junior Burgos (El Salvador) and Junior Sandoval (Honduras) scored for Atlanta Silverbacks in the 4-2 victory over host Indy Eleven in front of another sold out crowd of 10,285 at IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Brazilian midfielder Kléberson had both of Indy’s goals via penalty kicks in the loss.
Elsewhere, midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic of Bosnia & Herzegovina had the only tally for visiting Ottawa Fury FC as they dropped a 2-1 decision to NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC on Saturday, where a crowd of 34,047 were on hand at Minneapolis’ TCF Bank Stadium as part of a doubleheader with the Guinness International Champions Cup match featuring Manchester City and Olympiacos (won by Olympiacos on penalties).
Every week throughout 2014 Season the NASL puts 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 Fall Season Week 4
Saturday, August 2
Minnesota United FC 2 Ottawa Fury FC 1 at TCF Bank Stadium
Defenders – Cristiano Dias (Brazil) and Tiago (Brazil) played the full 90.
Midfielders – Daniel Mendes (Brazil) and Juliano Vicentini (Brazil) also saw action during the whole match, while Omar Daley (Jamaica) played 70 minutes before being replaced.
Goalkeeper – Romuald Peiser (France) played the entire match.
Defender – Ramon Soria (Spain) also earned another full 90.
Midfielders – Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) scored the only tally for the club during his time on the field, while Nicki Paterson (Scotland) and Richie Ryan (Ireland) also saw action the whole game.
Forwards – Oliver (Brazil) came in off the bench in the 64th minute, while Vini Dantas (Brazil) entered the game as a substitute in the 69th minute.
New York Cosmos 0 Carolina RailHawks 1 at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium
Defender– Ayoze (Spain) played the whole match.
Midfielders – Joseph Nane (Cameroon) saw action in 74 minutes before being substituted by Diomar Díaz (Venezuela), while Marcos Senna (Spain) came in off the bench in the 57th minute.
Forwards – Hans Denissen (Netherlands) and Andrés Flores (El Salvador) played the full 90, while Mads Stokkelien (Norway) saw action in the first 45 minutes of the game before being replaced by Sebástian Guenzatti (Uruguay)
Coach – Giovanni Savarese (Venezuela) lost his second consecutive NASL game at home.
Midfielders – Jun Marques Davidson (Japan) earned a full 90, while Ty Shipalane (South Africa) scored the club’s game-winner before being substituted by Cesar Elizondo (Costa Rica). Enzo Martinez (Uruguay) saw action in 70 minutes before being replaced.
Coach – Colin Clarke (Northern Ireland) wins for the first time on road in his last eight NASL games.
Indy Eleven 2 Atlanta Silverbacks 4 at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium
Goalkeeper – Kristian Nicht (Germany) played the full 90.
Defenders – Jaime Frias (Mexico) and Erick Norales (Honduras) also saw action during the entire match.
Midfielders – Kléberson (Brazil) scored both goals for the club during his time on the field, while Don Smart (Jamaica) played 62 minutes before being substituted by Jermaine Johnson (Jamaica). Sergio Peña (Honduras) saw action in 65 minutes before being sent off.
Defender – Ramiro Canovas (Argentina) saw action during entire match.
Midfielders – Junior Sandoval (Honduras) scored the club’s fourth goal during his time on the field, while Ferrety Sousa (Congo) also played the full 90. Junior Burgos (El Salvador) scored the team’s first tally before being replaced in the 71st minute by Alex Harlley (Togo), while Lucas Paulini (Argentina) came in off the bench in the 82nd minute.
Forward – Kwadwo Poku (Ghana) was four minutes shy of a complete game before being subbed out.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 at Lockhart Stadium
Goalkeeper – Kamil Čontofalský (Slovakia) played the full 90 and earned his first NASL.
Defenders – Rafael Alves (Brazil) and Ivan Guerrero (Honduras) earned another full 90.
Midfielders – James Marcelin (Haiti) saw action the whole match, while Mark Anderson (England) played 74 minutes before being substituted by Yaikel Pérez (Cuba). Martin Nuñez (Uruguay) saw action in 78 minutes before being replaced by Walter Ramirez (Honduras).
Forward– Jenison Brito (Brazil) was a few seconds shy of a complete game before being subbed out.
Coach – Gunter Kronsteinter (Austria) ended a seven-game winless streak.
Defenders – JP Rodrigues (Guyana) and Tamika Mkandawire (Malawi) played the entire game.
Midfielders – Shane Hill (England) and Darel Russell (England) also earned the full 90, while Evans Frimpong (Ghana) came in off the bench in the 71st minute. Ricardo Morris (Jamaica) also entered as a substitute in the 71st minute.
Forwards – Georgi Hristov (Bulgaria) saw action during the whole match, while Lucky Mkosana (Zimbabwe) played the first half before being replaced at the start of the second stanza.
Coach – Ricky Hill (England) dropped his second consecutive match of the NASL Fall Season.
Sunday, August 3
FC Edmonton 3 San Antonio Scorpions 1 at Clarke Stadium
Defenders – Lance Laing (Jamaica) assisted on the first two goals for the team during this time on the field, while Kareem Moses (Trinidad & Tobago) and Albert Watson (Northern Ireland) also played the full 90.
Midfielders – Horace James (Jamaica) scored the club’s first goal during his action on the field, while Cristian Raudales (Honduras) played 65 minutes before being substituted by Ritchie Jones (England).
Forwards – Daryl Fordyce (Northern Ireland) saw action during the whole game and scored the team’s third tally, while Tomi Ameobi (England) had the club’s second goal before being replaced in the 69th minute.
Defender – Julius James (Trinidad & Tobago) played the entire game.
Midfielders – Julio Garcia (Mexico) and Richard Menjivar (El Salvador) also earned the full 90.
Forwards – Eric Hassli (France) scored the club’s only goal via penalty kick during his time on the field, while Billy Forbes (Turks & Caicos Islands) also played the entire game. Sainey Touray (Gambia) saw action in 56 minutes before being substituted by Danny Barrera (Colombia).