The 2013 NASL Combine resumed on Saturday afternoon at Lockhart Stadium in sunny Fort Lauderdale.
Green and Red drew 1-1 in the first match of the Saturday session. Red’s Jesus Toscanini formerly of CD Torque in Uruguay opened the scoring finishing on a low driven cross from former Pittsburgh Riverhound Dawyne Smith. Red had an opportunity to double the lead shortly before halftime as Craig Wilson broke away from Green defense but he was denied by former Dayton Dutch Lion Corey Whisenhunt.
In the second half, Green came out strong with former Premier League Best XI and France World Cup veteran Pascal Chimbinda shifting from right back into the middle, solidifying a defense that had been opened up in the first 45. About midway throught the second half, 22 year-old George Tor equalized for Green as the match opened up with chances both ways. The 1-1 final scoreline was a fair reflection of the play.
Game two featured five goals in second half action, with Blue drawing White 3-3. Blue struck first with an excellent run and finish by former Charleston Battery midfielder James Mack. The game opened up after halftime when Sean Arters took on three defenders in the box, rounded the keeper and slotted home a clean finish at the near post. With the score 2-0 in favor of Blue, White struck with three consecutive goals in a ten minute period. Goals by Robbie Tice, Mickael Oliveira Barrosa and Uzi Tayou gave White a 3-2 lead. However, Blue equalized when former Chivas USA midfielder Laurent Merlin who was a standout performer again on day two of the combine rounded out the scoring in minute 77, which savaged a draw for the Blue team.
Minnesota Stars Head Coach Manny Lagos said “ the level and professionalism (of the combine) was very high and the field is one of the nicest I have seen in the last few years which creates a great setting for the games. We have had a lot of energy on the field today and it has been very impressive.”
The 2013 NASL Combine concludes Sunday with the first game kicking off at 9am.
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