With the Carolina RailHawks bidding to return to the top of the North American Soccer League and FC Edmonton fighting to stay in contention to host Soccer Bowl, neither side could break the first half deadlock in Canada.
“I’m reasonably pleased with how we’ve gone about it,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. “The difference is the quality in our final third. We need to expose their center backs a bit better through the channels and once we do that I think we’ll have some success.”
Clear chances were few and far between as the side went in 0-0 at the break. Lance Laing impressed for the hosts, attempting a speculative 50-yard free kick that sailed just over the cross bar after 32 minutes and preventing Ti Shipalane from getting off a finish when through on goal on the stroke of halftime.
RailHawks coach Colin Clarke said at the interval: “We’re not moving the ball quick enough and we’re getting caught in possession too often and it’s a tough surface to run on.
Defender Albert Watson headed a Laing free kick across goal after 22 minutes but the Eddies were short in numbers to apply a finish in the box. Visiting keeper Akira Fitzgerald punched away a Massimi Mirabelli cross aimed for young debutant striker Sadi Jalali a few minutes later, but neither side could create a clear cut chance.
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