Venezuelan forward Diomar Díaz and Bulgarian striker Georgi Hristov each scored a pair of goals in their respective teams victories for the New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies – placing them into the top two spots in the league standings during the NASL Week 8.
Díaz, who played the 2012-13 season with Mineros de Guayana of the Venezuelan First Division before coming to New York, notched both goals in the Cosmos 2-0 win over the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers in front of a record crowd of 7,653 at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday.
The victory maintains the Cosmos in first-place in the NASL Fall Season Standings for second consecutive week, while the loss ended the Strikers five-game unbeaten streak.
Also on Saturday, the Bulgarian Hristov, who has also played in Poland and Israel prior to coming to the Rowdies, scored twice in a span of three minutes in the second half to increase his league total to 11 goals (second-best in the NASL). His sharp shooting helped the Rowdies to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks at Al Lang Stadium. English midfielder Shane Hill, the son of Rowdies coach and former Luton Town star Ricky Hill, added the third goal for Tampa Bay who remains as the sole unbeaten team this season.
The win also extended the second-place Rowdies’ unbeaten streak to 10 matches in the 2013 Fall Season Standings and they are just a point behind the league-leaders Cosmos.
All 12 goals scored during this past weekend’s encounters came from NASL international stars.
Jamaican midfielder Horace James had the only tally for the NASL Spring Champion Silverbacks in the 3-1 loss to the Rowdies. Dutch forward Hans Denissen notched his 12th goal of the year, which ties him for first in the NASL Golden Boot race, and Polish striker Tomasz Zahorski scored his sixth goal for the Scorpions in the 2-1 win over the Carolina RailHawks. Scottish defender Kevin Rutikiewicz had the only goal for Carolina in the loss.
On Sunday, goals from Scottish midfielder Calum Mallace and Italian forward Simone Bracalello gave Minnesota United FC a 2-1 triumph against FC Edmonton. Forward and Northern Ireland native Daryl Fordyce notched the only goal for Edmonton in the last kick of the match.
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 8
Saturday, September 21
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3 Atlanta Silverbacks 1 at Al Lang Stadium
Goalkeeper – Diego Restrepo (Venezuela) had 11 saves including a penalty kick stop to maintain unbeaten record this season.
Defender – Takuya Yamada (Japan) played the full 90.
Midfielders – Luke Mulholland (England) saw action the entire match and assisted on the second team goal, while Shane Hill (England) also played the whole game and scored the club’s third tally. Evans Frimpong (Ghana) earned another 90 minutes under his belt.
Forwards – Georgi Hristov (Bulgaria) scored twice during the entire match, while Lucky Mkosana (Zimbabwe) also played the full 90.
Coach – Ricky Hill (England) extended the team’s unbeaten streak to 10 matches.
Defender – Martyn Lancaster (England) played the full 90.
Midfielders – Richard Menjivar (El Salvador) saw action the entire match, while Horace James (Jamaica) came off the bench in 62nd minute and scored the team’s only goal.
Forwards – Danny Barrera (Colombia) played the whole game, while Pedro Mendes (Brazil) saw action in 73rd minutes before being substituted by Lucas Paulini (Argentina). Ruben Luna (Mexico) had his penalty kick saved before being replaced in the 57th minute.
Coach – Brian Haynes (Trinidad & Tobago) lose for the first time on the road this season.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0 New York Cosmos 2 at Lockhart Stadium
Goalkeeper – Richard Sanchez (Mexico) played the entire match.
Defenders – Rafael Alves (Brazil), Ivan Guerrero (Honduras) and Toni Stahl (Finland) all earned the full 90 on the field, while Stephane Guillaume (Haiti) was injured in the 21st minute and was substituted by Carlos Salazar (Colombia).
Midfielders – Martin Nunez (Uruguay) and Pecka (Brazil) saw action the whole game.
Forwards – Yaikel Pérez (Cuba) earned another 90 minutes on the field, while Paulo Junior (Brazil) played 60 minutes before being subbed out.
Assistant Coach – Raoul Voss (Germany) was at the helm as the team loss for the first time in six games.
Defender – Rovérsio (Brazil) played the whole game.
Midfielders – Ayoze (Spain) assisted on the team’s first goal during his 90 minutes on the field, while Marcos Senna (Spain) also saw action the entire match. Sebástian Guenzatti (Uruguay) was a few seconds shy of a complete game before being sent off, while Paulo Mendes (Brazil) played 80 minutes before being substituted by Joseph Nane (Cameroon).
Forwards – Diomar Díaz (Venezuela) scored both of the clubs tallies before being replaced in the 75th minute, while Stefan Dimitrov (Bulgaria) earned a full 90 under his belt.
Coach – Giovanni Savarese (Venezuela) earns first NASL road victory this season.
San Antonio Scorpions 2 Carolina RailHawks 1 at Toyota Field
Defender – Luka Vucko (Croatia) played the entire game.
Midfielders – Stephen DeRoux (Jamaica) and Javier Saavedra (Mexico) also saw action the whole match, while Walter Ramirez (Honduras) played 65 minutes before being substituted by Esteban Bayona (Colombia). Edin Husic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) came in off the bench in the 40th minute.
Forwards – Hans Denissen (Netherlands) scored the team’s second goal and assisted on the first tally before being replaced by Fabrice Noel (Haiti) just seconds before the conclusion of the match. Tomasz Zahorski (Poland) earned the full 90 and had the first team goal, while Borja Rubiato (Spain) also saw action the whole game.
Defenders – Kevin Rutkiewicz (Scotland) scored the only goal for the squad in his 90 minutes of action, while Julius James (Trinidad & Tobago) also played the entire match.
Midfielders – Breiner Ortiz (Colombia) saw action the whole game, while Ty Shipalane (South Africa) was a few seconds shy of the full 90 before being subbed out. Enzo Martinez (Uruguay) played 64 minutes before being replaced by Cesar Elizondo (Costa Rica).
Forward – Nicholas Addlery (Jamaica) came in off the bench for the final 26 minutes of the game.
Coach – Colin Clarke (Northern Ireland) is winless in his last four NASL encounters.
Sunday, September 22
FC Edmonton 1 Minnesota United FC 2 at Clarke Stadium
Defenders – Lance Laing (Jamaica), David Proctor (Scotland) and Albert Watson (Northern Ireland) all played the entire match.
Midfielders – Chris Nurse (Guyana) also saw action the whole game
Forward – Daryl Fordyce (Northern Ireland) played the full 90 and scored the team’s only tally.
Defender – Cristiano Dias (Brazil) played the complete game.
Midfielders – Calum Mallace (Scotland) scored the club’s first goal during his 90 minutes on the field.
Forwards – Pablo Campos (Brazil) played the whole match, while Simone Bracalello (Italy) notched the team’s second goal as he saw action during the full 90.
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