FC Edmonton and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers face off at Clarke Stadium for the first off two consecutive matches against each other. The following Saturday, in a reverse of this fixture, Fort Lauderdale will host Edmonton at Lockhart Stadium.
The hosts are winless during their current three-game home stand, after letting a 2-0 goal lead slip to draw against the San Antonio Scorpions, before suffering a 2-1 loss against a 10-man Atlanta Silverbacks side. The Eddies will want to take all three points from the Strikers in this one before having to travel to South Florida in a week’s time.
The Strikers will be full of confidence heading into this fixture. The team is coming off of a first-ever victory against bitter rivals the Tampa Bay Rowdies, enduring five losses and four draws in just over two years. After going a goal behind, captain for the day Abe Thompson leveled the score from the penalty spot before goal-scoring sensation Mark Anderson put the Strikers in front with a goal of the season contender from around the corner flag. Walter Restrepo doubled the Strikers’ lead with a goal in stoppage time.
In the first match of the season, the Strikers defeated FC Edmonton 1-0 at Lockhart Stadium courtesy of a debut goal from Andy Herron. Last season, the Strikers took four points from Edmonton on the road, and remain unbeaten against Edmonton when playing in Canada.
FC Edmonton vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Saturday, June 10, 2012— 4:05 P.M. EDT
2012 Series: Fort Lauderdale, 1-0-0, 3pts
2011 Series: Fort Lauderdale, 2-1-1, 7pts
Edmonton Fort Lauderdale
Head Coach Harry Sinkgraven Daryl Shore
2012 Records 2-2-5, 8pts 3-4-3, 13pts
Last Five Games (L-R) W W L T L T L L T W
Goals Leader Shaun Saiko (5) Mark Anderson (4)
Assists Leader Shaun Saiko (3), Walter Restrepo (4)
Ilja Van Leerdan (3)
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