Brazilian forwards Pedro Mendes of Atlanta Silverbacks, Bulgarian striker Georgi Hristov of Tampa Bay Rowdies along with Guyana midfielder Chris Nurse of FC Edmonton and Spanish playmaker Marcos Senna of New York Cosmos all scored key goals for their respective teams during NASL Fall Season action this past weekend.
Mexican and Venezuelan goalkeepers Richard Sanchez of Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Diego Restrepo of Tampa Bay Rowdies also stood out for their teams during NASL Week 5.
Mendes, who last year competed with the U.S. Amateur club Cal FC and helped them reach the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Silverbacks a 1-0 first-half advantage over the visiting Rowdies on Saturday evening.
However, the Bulgarian striker Hristov, who has also played in Poland and Israel prior to coming to the Rowdies, notched the equalizer in the second half for his eighth goal of the campaign. Also during that encounter, keeper Restrepo, who spent 2012 with Deportivo Tachira of his native Venezuela, made eight saves for Tampa Bay to remain the sole unbeaten team in the NASL this season.
In Edmonton on Sunday, Nurse, who has also played for several clubs in England, scored his third consecutive goal in as many games to give the host a 1-0 lead, but the ex-Spanish international Senna earned his first tally with the Cosmos jersey to earn a 1-1 draw.
On Friday evening, Sanchez, who won the FIFA U-17 World Cup with Mexico in 2011 and is currently on loan with the Strikers from FC Dallas, posted four key saves to earned his second consecutive shutout of the NASL season for the host Fort Lauderdale’s 1-0 triumph over league leaders Carolina RailHawks.
Eight of the ten league goals scored during this weekend’s encounters came from NASL international stars with Polish forward Tomasz Zahorski claiming his fifth of the season, while Honduran midfielder Walter Ramirez notched his second of the campaign in the Scorpions 3-2 loss to Minnesota United, who were led by a two-goal performance from Brazilian forward Pablo Campos.
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 5
Friday, August 30
Fort Lauderdale 1 Carolina RailHawks 0 at Lockhart Stadium
Goalkeeper – Richard Sanchez (Mexico) earned his third 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 83 minutes before being substituted, while Mark Anderson (England) saw action in 69 minutes until he was replaced by Paulo Junior (Brazil).
Forward – Yaikel Pérez (Cuba) played 63 minutes before subbing out.
Coach: Günter Kronsteiner (Austria) earned his third consecutive NASL win.
Defenders – Julius James (Trinidad & Tobago) and Kevin Rutkiewicz (Scotland) earned the full 90 under their belts.
Midfielders – Nick Millington (Guyana) was five minutes shy of a complete game before subbing out, while Ty Shipalane (South Africa) played 68 minutes until he was replaced by Enzo Martinez (Uruguay). Cesar Elizondo (Costa Rica) saw action in the final 12 minutes coming off the bench.
Coach – Colin Clarke (Northern Ireland) picked up his first loss of the NASL Fall Season.
Saturday, August 31
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park
Defender – Martyn Lancaster (England) played 69 minutes before being replaced.
Midfielders – Richie Menjivar (El Salvador) assisted on the team’s goal during the entire match, while Horace James (Jamaica) also earned a full 90 on the field. Borfor Carr (Liberia) saw action in 55 minutes before being substituted by Alex Caceres (Colombia), while Lucas Paulini (Argentina) came into the match in the 82nd minute.
Forward – Pedro Mendes (Brazil) scored the squad’s only goal during the entire encounter.
Coach – Brian Haynes (Trinidad & Tobago) is winless in its last two NASL outings.
Goalkeeper – Diego Restrepo (Venezuela) had eight saves during match.
Defender – Takuya Yamada (Japan) played the full 90.
Midfielders – Luke Mulholland (England) saw action the whole game, while Stuart Campbell (Scotland) played 78 minutes before subbing out. Shane Hill (England) played 57 minutes before being replaced by Etienne Barbara (Malta).
Forwards – Georgi Hristov (Bulgaria) scored the tying goal via penalty kick during the entire match, while Evans Frimpong (Ghana) also played full 90.
Coach – Ricky Hill (England) extended the team’s unbeaten streak to seven matches.
San Antonio Scorpions 2 Minnesota United FC 3 at Toyota Field
Defender – Luka Vucko (Croatia) played the entire game.
Midfielders – Walter Ramirez (Honduras) scored the team’s first goal before being substituted by Esteban Bayona (Colombia) in 73rd minute. Stephen DeRoux (Jamaica) saw action the whole match, while Javier Saavedra (Mexico) came into the game in the 53rd minute.
Forwards – Tomasz Zahorski (Poland) scored the squad’s second tally in 90 minutes on the field, while Hans Denissen (Netherlands) also saw action the entire match. Borja Rubiato (Spain) came off the bench in the 65th minute and assisted on the team’s second goal.
Defender – Cristiano Dias (Brazil) played the full 90.
Midfielders – Calum Mallace (Scotland) saw action the entire match and assisted on the team’s second goal, while Lucas Rodriguez (Argentina) played 79 minutes before being substituted by Omar Daley (Jamaica). Kentaro Takada (Japan) came into the game in the 83rd minute
Forwards – Pablo Campos (Brazil) scored twice during entire match, while Simone Bracalello (Italy) entered the encounter to play the last two minutes.
Sunday, September 1
FC Edmonton 1 New York Cosmos 1 at Clarke Stadium
Defenders – Lance Laing (Jamaica), Mallan Roberts (Sierra Leone) and Albert Watson (Northern Ireland) played the entire match.
Midfielders – Chris Nurse (Guyana) scored his team’s goal in 90 minutes on the field, while Robert Garrett (Northern Ireland) also saw action the whole game.
Forward – Daryl Fordyce (Northern Ireland) under a full 90 on the field.
Defender – Rovérsio (Brazil) played the whole game.
Midfielders – Marcos Senna (Spain) saw action throughout the match and scored the tying goal. Ayoze (Spain) played 60 minutes before being substituted for Alessandro Noselli (Italy).
Forwards – Stefan Dimitrov (Bulgaria) saw action for the full 90, while Diomar Diaz (Venezuela) played 68 minutes before being replaced by Sebástian Guenzatti (Uruguay). Henry Lopez (Guatemala) came off the bench for the last 22 minutes of the encounter.
Coach – Giovanni Savarese (Venezuela) remains winless on the road this NASL season.
|Jacksonville To Host Series Of Town Hall Supporters Forums|
|Inaugural CONCACAF Awards To Be Presented This Month|
|FC Edmonton-Ottawa Fury Match-up Opens 2014 Canadian Championship|
|Strikers Pick Up Options For Darnell King, Aly Alberto Hassan|
|Minnesota United Reacts To The 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw|
|Strikers Bring Back Gonzalez, De Mujica For 2014 NASL Season|
|Minnesota United Re-Signs Jamaican International Omar Daley|
|Throwback Thursday - Pre-NASL: Los Angeles Defeats Washington For 1967 United Soccer Association Crown|
|RailHawks Exercises Options On Contracts Of Seven Players|
|Nassau County Celebrates Cosmos Soccer Bowl Success|
|New York Cosmos||14||9||4||1||10||31|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||14||5||5||4||3||20|
|Minnesota United FC||14||6||2||6||2||20|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||14||5||3||6||-2||18|
|San Antonio Scorpions||14||3||1||10||-9||10|
|San Antonio Scorpions||12||6||2||4||4||20|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||12||5||3||4||5||18|
|Minnesota United FC||12||4||2||6||-5||14|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||12||2||2||8||-14||8|