A goal by Lance Laing has given the host FC Edmonton a 1-0 lead over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers after 45 minutes at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on Sunday afternoon.
The Jamaican defender scored off a free kick in the 38th minute which went past the Strikers goalkeeper Richard Sanchez who’s shutout streak ended at 353 minutes (six shy of the NASL record).
The game took an early turn against the Eddies, when goalkeeper Lance Parker strayed a little outside of his box with the ball, which lead to a Strikers free kick in a dangerous area. The ball was struck low and was stopped by the wall for the Eddies to clear.
FC Edmonton wasted little time in mounting their attack. With striker Corey Hertzog on the shoulder of the last defender, a series of narrow offside calls were the only thing preventing the final shot on net.
The next clear chance of the match came from the Eddies when FCE midfielder Neil Hlavaty unleashed a cross the evaded Hertzog’s boot, but landed in the path of fellow striker Daryl Fordyce. His touch got the better of him on a 1v1 with Strikers ‘keeper Richard Sanchez as the ball rolled out for a goal kick.
The remainder of the half saw few chances for either team - but it was the Strikers that had the most frustrations heading into halftime. Not only did they finish down a goal, but also without coaches on the bench - as both Head Coach Günter Kronsteiner and goalkeeper coach Ricardo Lopez were escorted off the field after the Eddies goal. Substituted player Walter Restrepo was also sent off.
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