The Fort Lauderdale Strikers came back from a goal down to tie FC Edmonton 1-1 in front of a packed house of 5,201 fans. David Foley scored for the Strikers on his debut to give the home team their first point in the 2013 NASL Spring Championship season.
It didn’t start off according to the script for the hosts when the defense was caught napping just a quarter of an hour in. Shaun Saiko whipped in a trademark cross from the left, and debutant Wes Knight beat the Strikers defense to the ball to open the scoring.
“I’m very proud of the players and the way that they’ve started and overall I’m delighted to get a point away from home,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. “It’s a very positive start for our young team.”
The turning point of the match was the introduction of Walter Restrepo in the second half. His entrance into the game sparked the Strikers attack.
“I thought once we got a little bit more comfortable towards the end of the first half, we did better, but Edmonton are a good team and made it difficult for us,” explained Strikers coach Daryl Shore.
David Foley scored the equalizer with a long-range effort, beating Lance Parker with a high shot into the far corner. The Strikers pressed for a winner, but the goal did not come.
“We felt that if we stayed patient in the second half, our chances would come and David Foley scored a very good individual goal,” added Shore.
The Strikers are on the road for the next match, taking on Atlanta Silverbacks on April 13. The team returns home on April 27 for a Florida Derby match against rivals Tampa Bay Rowdies. For all game information and times of matches, visit Strikers.com.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (4-2-3-1)- Matt Glaeser; Darnell King, Shavar Thomas, Toni Ståhl (c), Scott Gordon; Rubens, Pecka; Jemal Johnson, Carlos Salazar, David Foley; Stefan Dimitrov
FC Edmonton (4-4-2)- Lance Parker; Edson Edward, Carlyle Mitchell, Adrian LeRoy, Lance Laing; Wes Knight, Neil Hlavaty, Antonio Rago, Shaun Saiko; Michael Cox, Daryl Fordyce
FCE- Wes Knight 1 (Shaun Saiko 1)- 15th - 0-1
FTL- David Foley 1 (unassisted)- 74th - 1-1
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