Bulgarian Georgi Hristov, Ghana’s Evans Frimpong, Etienne Barbara of Malta, Venezuelan Diego Restrepo and Zimbabwe native Lucky Mkosana all played a key role for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a 3-2 victory on Saturday evening over the Carolina RailHawks that earned top spot in the NASL Fall Season standings.
While trailing 1-0, midfielder Frimpong, who has played with the Rowdies since 2012, scored the equalizer off a pass from forward Barbara three minutes before halftime.
Following a 43-minute rain delay, play resumed with Rowdies forward Hristov scoring off a second assist from Barbara, who has played 30 times for Malta’s national team, in the 60th minute for a 2-1 lead. The Bulgarian striker, who has also played in Poland and Israel prior to coming to the Rowdies, bounced back with his ninth tally of the season after missing a penalty kick earlier in the match.
After the RailHawks quickly leveled the score and with only seconds remaining in the match, newly acquired forward Mkosona saw his cross directed by Carolina defender Paul Hamilton into his own goal for the winner in the 3-2 victory.
Goalkeeper Restrepo, who spent 2012 with Deportivo Tachira of his native Venezuela, made several key saves for Tampa Bay to remain the sole unbeaten team in the NASL this season and extend their unbeaten run to eight matches.
Six of the nine league goals scored during this past Saturday’s encounters came from NASL international stars with Spanish midfielder Marcos Senna scoring his second goal of the season, via penalty kick, for the host New York Cosmos in the 1-1 draw against the NASL Spring Season Champion Atlanta Silverbacks. Brazilian defender Cristiano Dias also notched his second of the campaign for Minnesota United FC in the 1-1 stalemate against visiting FC Edmonton. Midfielders Ty Shipalane of South Africa and Uruguayan native Enzo Martinez had the goals for the RailHawks in the 3-2 loss to the host Rowdies.
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 6
Saturday, September 7
New York Cosmos 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 1 at James M. Shuart Stadium
Defender – Rovérsio (Brazil) played the whole game.
Midfielders – Marcos Senna (Spain) saw action throughout the match and scored via penalty kick. Sebástian Guenzatti (Uruguay) also played the entire game, while Ayoze (Spain) came off the bench for the last seven minute.
Forwards – Stefan Dimitrov (Bulgaria) earned a full 90 under his belt, while Alessandro Noselli (Italy) saw action before being replaced due to injury in the 21st minute by Satoru Kashiwase (Japon) who was then substituted by Diomar Diaz (Venezuela) in the final minute of the match.
Coach – Giovanni Savarese (Venezuela) remains unbeaten at home this NASL season.
Defender – Martyn Lancaster (England) played the entire game
Midfielders – Richie Menjivar (El Salvador) saw action for the full 90, while Horace James (Jamaica) played 65 minutes before being substituted by Ruben Luna (Mexico). Alex Caceres (Colombia) came in off the bench for the final 17 minutes of the match.
Forward – Pedro Mendes (Brazil) was seconds of a complete game before being sent off for his second yellow card.
Coach – Brian Haynes (Trinidad & Tobago) is winless in its last five NASL outings.
Minnesota United FC 1 FC Edmonton 1 at NSC Stadium
Defender – Cristiano Dias (Brazil) played the full 90 and scored his team’s goal.
Midfielders – Calum Mallace (Scotland) saw action the entire match, while Lucas Rodriguez (Argentina) played 60 minutes before being substituted by Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Bosina & Herzegovina) who only stayed on the field for 60 seconds until he received a straight red card. Kentaro Takada (Japan) played the final 13 minutes of the match coming off the bench.
Forwards – Simone Bracalello (Italy) entered the encounter to play in the 85th minute.
Defenders – Lance Laing (Jamaica), Mallan Roberts (Sierra Leone) and Albert Watson (Northern Ireland) all played the entire match.
Midfielders – Chris Nurse (Guyana) also saw 90 minutes on the field, while Robert Garrett (Northern Ireland) played 67 minutes before being replaced.
Forward – Daryl Fordyce (Northern Ireland) earned a full 90 on the field.
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3 Carolina RailHawks 2 at Al Lang Stadium
Goalkeeper – Diego Restrepo (Venezuela) earned his second win of the season.
Defender – Takuya Yamada (Japan) played the full 90.
Midfielders – Luke Mulholland (England) and Stuart Campbell (Scotland) saw action the whole game, while Evans Frimpong (Ghana) also played the entire match and scored the team’s first goal.
Forwards – Georgi Hristov (Bulgaria) missed a penalty kick however scored the team’s second goal during his 90 minutes on the field. Etienne Barbara (Malta) assisted on first two goals in 79 minutes of action before being replaced by Lucky Mkosana (Zimbabwe) who’s cross caused the opponent’s own goal for the team’s game-winner.
Coach – Ricky Hill (England) extended the team’s unbeaten streak to eight matches.
Defenders – Kevin Rutkiewicz (Scotland) earned the full 90 under his belt.
Midfielders – Nick Millington (Guyana) played the entire match, while Ty Shipalane (South Africa) scored his team’s first goal before being substituted by Cesar Elizondo (Costa Rica) in the 79th minute. Enzo Martinez (Uruguay) assisted on the team’s first tally and scored the second goal before subbing out with three minutes remaining.
Forward – Nicholas Addlery (Jamaica) came off the bench to play the final minute of the match
Coach – Colin Clarke (Northern Ireland) picked up his second consecutive loss of the NASL Fall Season.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0 San Antonio Scorpions 0 at Lockhart Stadium
Goalkeeper – Richard Sanchez (Mexico) earned his third consecutive shutout with the club.
Defenders – Rafael Alves (Brazil), Stephane Guillaume (Haiti), Ivan Guerrero (Honduras) and Toni Stahl (Finland) all played the entire game.
Midfielders – Martin Nunez (Uruguay) also saw action the whole game, while Mark Anderson (England) played 56 minutes before being subbed out.
Forwards – Yaikel Pérez (Cuba) saw action in 76 minutes before being substituted, while Paulo Junior (Brazil) came in off the bench in the 57th minute.
Coach: Günter Kronsteiner (Austria) currently unbeaten in the team’s last four NASL games.
Defender – Luka Vucko (Croatia) played the entire game.
Midfielders – Javier Saavedra (Mexico) also saw action the whole match, while Walter Ramirez (Honduras) spent 78 minutes on the field before subbing out. Edin Husic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) was two minutes shy of a complete game before being substituted by Fabrice Noel (Haiti), while Stephen DeRoux (Jamaica) played 63 minutes before receiving a red card.
Forwards – Hans Denissen (Netherlands) and Tomasz Zahorski (Poland) both earned a full 90 on the field, while Borja Rubiato (Spain) saw action in 65 minutes before being replaced.
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