The Carolina RailHawks, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota United FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies all aim to reduce the four-point lead held by the New York Cosmos at the top of the 2013 Fall Season Standings, going into Week 10 NASL encounters.
All of this weekend games can be seen via a live stream at www.NASL.com and on iOS and Android devices by downloading the Ustream App.
The Cosmos, who are unbeaten in their last six outings, are in first-place in the NASL Table with 18 points and will travel to face fourth-placed Minnesota United FC at NSC Stadium on Saturday at 8pm ET. Minnesota along with Tampa Bay and Carolina trail the top spot by four points each and need a win to cut the deficit to a single point in the race for the Fall Season title and the open berth the NASL Soccer Bowl 2013.
“We have created a great legacy here and the Cosmos are trying to reinvigorate their legacy,” said Minnesota coach, Manny Lagos, as his side looks to end the Cosmos’ current three-game winning streak. “I think it's an exciting weekend for Minnesota soccer, and then you take the competitive side, where it's a pivotal point in the season for us and really pivotal in terms of continuing to play well at home and keep moving forward as a team.”
The NASL Week 10 officially begins at 7.30pm ET on Saturday with a cross-state Florida derby when Fort Lauderdale greets Tampa Bay at Lockhart Stadium. The match-up is also the latest game of the state rivalry clash known as the Costal Cup with the Rowdies having won both Spring Season meetings.
Tampa Bay, who last week lost for the first time this season, are looking to rebound by clinching their fourth consecutive Coastal Cup with a win or draw at Fort Lauderdale.
“Everyone on this team is looking forward to facing another historic rival,” said Rowdies coach, Ricky Hill. “To play in a local derby is always special and it’s a fantastic opportunity to begin another streak which we will need if we want to make it to the Soccer Bowl.”
Meanwhile, the Strikers, who are seven points from the leader, also want to move up in the standings and back in the hunt for the Fall Season crown with a victory on Saturday.
“We still have an opportunity to reach our goal, but we‘re going to need to work hard and continue working together,” said Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner, who’s side lost 2-0 at Carolina last week. “In the last game we had a good first half, but didn’t play well in the second. We need to change this if we’re going to get some wins.”
Also on Saturday, the Spring Season champion and host for NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 the Atlanta Silverbacks will be searching for their first-ever victory at Toyota Field when they meet the San Antonio Scorpions. The 8.30pm ET match-up can also be watched on locally MeTV-KSAT 12.2 and in listedn to on Spanish Language Radio: 102.3 FM-San Antonio and Radio Formula 1500 AM Boerne.
“To win any kind of game and any kind of championship that’s what it's going to take; a concentrated effort by all of the guys,” said Silverbacks coach, Brian Haynes, who’s squad earned a 1-0 victory at home last week against FC Edmonton. “Like I said, I was proud of them, and hopefully we can do the same thing this weekend.”
Rounding out the NASL weekend action will be FC Edmonton looking move back into contention for the Fall Season title when hosting the Carolina RailHawks at Clarke Stadium at 4pm ET. The game will be webcast on NASL.com/live outside of Canada onlyand airs nationally in Canada on Rogers Sportsnet 360 and on Radio TSN 1260.
The third-placed RailHawks, who have not won away from WakeMed Soccer Park in their last 12 matches, will search for a victory that has only has happened once in the last four months for road teams at Clarke Stadium.
“Edmonton is a tough place to go in and get three points,” said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke. “They’re a good team and with only five games remaining, this is a big weekend. We will have to come out ready to play for the full 90 minutes in order to get the result.”
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