Venezuelan forward Diomar Díaz and Guatemalan striker Henry Lopez scored in each half to lead the New York Cosmos to another dramatic North American Soccer League home victory on Saturday
Mexican goalkeeper Richard Sanchez made several clutch late game saves to earn a second consecutive victory for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Díaz, who recently played the 2012-2013 seasons with Mineros de Guayana of the Venezuelan First Division, scored his first goal in a Cosmos jersey to earn the hosts a 1-0 lead over the San Antonio Scorpions three minutes before halftime.
After San Antonio tied the game Diaz was replaced by Lopez in the 71st minute, which turned out to be a key substitution for the Cosmos as the Guatemalan international stole the winning goal in the second minute of stoppage time for another dramatic 2-1 victory for New York at James M. Shuart Stadium.
Already in his burgeoning career, Lopez, has six caps for the Guatemalan national team, and has proved he has a flair for the dramatic as he scored the game-winner for the Chapines U-20 teams that defeated the United States 2-1 and qualified them to the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Elsewhere, Sanchez, who won the FIFA U-17 World Cup with Mexico in 2011 and is currently on loan with the Strikers from FC Dallas, was in unbeatable form for the Strikers as he held on to a 1-0 shutout away to the NASL Spring Season Champion Atlanta Silverbacks.
The Strikers keeper made several key saves throughout the match, including a stop to eny Silverbacks midfielder Borfor Carr in the 90th and a diving save on a kick from forward Brad Strisser in the closing minutes of injury time.
More than 70% of the NASL goals scored during Saturday’s encounters came from NASL international stars with Polish forward Tomasz Zahorski claiming his fourth of the season for the Scorpions in the 2-1 loss to the Cosmos. English midfielder Luke Mulholland’s goal gave the host Tampa Bay Rowdies a lead before Guyana native midfielder Chris Nurse, who has played for several clubs in England, got the equalizer for FC Edmonton in a 1-1 draw.
Every Monday throughout the 2013 Fall Season, the North American Soccer League (NASL) will put its international stars - both coaches & players – under the ‘NASL International Spotlight’ focusing on the league’s overseas connections.
International Players/Coaches in 2013 North American Soccer League Fall Season Week 4
Saturday, August 24
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Defender – Julius James (Trinidad & Tobago) played the entire match, while Kevin Rutkiewicz (Scotland) came in for the last 28 minutes.
Midfielders – Nick Millington (Guyana) and Ty Shipalane (South Africa) got the full 90 under their belt, while Cesar Elizondo (Costa Rica) assisted on the game-winner in 83 minutes of action before being substituted. Breiner Ortiz (Colombia) also played 70 minutes before being replaced.
Coach – Colin Clarke (Northern Ireland) picked up his 18th NASL regular season victory with the club.
Midfielders – Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) played the full 90, while Calum Mallace (Scotland) saw action in 71 minutes before being substituted.
Forwards – Pablo Campos (Brazil) played the entire match, while Simone Bracalello (Italy) saw action in 57 minutes before subbing out.
New York Cosmos 2 San Antonio Scorpions 1 at James M. Shuart Stadium
Defender – Rovérsio (Brazil) played the whole game.
Midfielders – Ayoze (Spain) and Marcos Senna (Spain) earned a full 90 under their belts.
Forwards – Diomar Diaz (Venezuela) scored the team’s first goal before being substituted in 71st minute by Henry Lopez (Guatemala) who notched the game-winner with seconds remaining in the match. Alessandro Noselli (Italy) was a minute shy of a complete game before being replaced by Satoru Kashiwase (Japan).
Coach – Giovanni Savarese (Venezuela) earned his second NASL win at the helm of the Cosmos.
Defender – Luka Vucko (Croatia) played the full 90 minutes.
Midfielders – Walter Ramirez (Honduras) saw action in the first half before being replaced by
Javier Saavedra (Mexico) at the start of the second stanza. Stephen DeRoux (Jamaica) was seconds from earning a full match before being substituted by Fabrice Noel (Haiti).
Forwards – Tomasz Zahorski (Poland) scored the only goal for the team in 90 minutes, while Hans Denissen (Netherlands) also saw action the entire match.
Atlanta Silverbacks 0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park
Defender – Martyn Lancaster (England) played 67 minutes before being replaced.
Midfielders – Horace James (Jamaica) and Richie Menjivar (El Salvador) earned a full 90, while Alex Caceres (Colombia) saw action in 74 minutes before subbing out.
Forwards – Pedro Mendes (Brazil) played the whole game, while Danny Barrera (Colombia) saw action in the first half until he was sent off just before halftime.
Coach – Brian Haynes (Trinidad & Tobago) first loss of the NASL Fall Season.
Goalkeeper – Richard Sanchez (Mexico) earned his second consecutive win with the club.
Defenders – Ivan Guerrero (Honduras) played the full 90 and assisted on the only goal of the match, while Rafael Alves (Brazil), Stephane Guillaume (Haiti) and Toni Stahl (Finland) also saw action the entire game.
Midfielders – Martin Nunez (Uruguay) played 69 minutes before being substituted by Paulo Junior (Brazil), while Mark Anderson (England) saw action in 87 minutes until he was subbed out.
Coach: Günter Kronsteiner (Austria) earned his second consecutive NASL win.
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 FC Edmonton 1 Al Lang Stadium
Goalkeeper – Diego Restrepo (Venezuela) had six saves during match.
Defender – Takuya Yamada (Japan) played the full 90 in his 100th official match with the club.
Midfielders – Luke Mulholland (England) scored while on the pitch for the entire game, while Stuart Campbell (Scotland) and Evans Frimpong (Ghana) also played full 90.
Forwards – Georgi Hristov (Bulgaria) saw action 82 minutes before being substituted, while Etienne Barbara (Malta) came into the game in the 65th minute.
Coach – Ricky Hill (England) extended the team’s unbeaten streak to six matches.
Defenders – Lance Laing (Jamaica) and Mallan Roberts (Sierra Leone) played the entire match, while Albert Watson (Northern Ireland) saw action in 79 minutes before being substituted by David Proctor (Scotland).
Midfielders – Chris Nurse (Guyana) scored the tying goal in 90 minutes on the field, while Robert Garrett (Northern Ireland) played 58 minutes before subbing out.
Forward – Daryl Fordyce (Northern Ireland) saw action the entire game.
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