Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3105
  • Date12 Apr 14
  • VenueLockhart Stadium
  • Kick Off06:30 PM EDT
W W W L W
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2
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W D D W W
Ottawa Fury FC 0
Ottawa Fury FC

Rafael Alves13'

D. King80'

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Ottawa Fury FC

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Ottawa Fury FC

FTLvOTT

Webcast: NASLLive.com
Radio: FTL – Sofloradio.com; OTT – TSN 1200

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers welcome the newest Canadian club, Ottawa Fury FC as they meet for the first time at Lockhart Stadium.  After a disappointing start to 2013, the Strikers concluded last year with a strong showing that continued into the 2014 preseason where they won four out of their last five encounters, with their only lost in that stretch was an international friendly at Haiti against local side Don Bosco FC (2-0) last month. Meanwhile, Ottawa, who is the first team from the Canadian provinces of Ontario in the history of the NASL in three decades, prepared for its inaugural year with an unbeaten record during its preseason.  The Fury’s matches included two international friendlies against U.S. clubs in March as Ottawa drew 1-1 at the Rochester Rhinos of USL PRO and then posted a 2-1 win road victory against the PDL side Floridians FC.

Last Five Preseason Games: FTL - W L W W W       OTT - W W T T W        

Last Year’s Recognition:
FTL- N/A
OTT-First Season

Last Year’s Stats leaders:
FTL-Goals – Martin Nuñez (5); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (6)
OTT-First Season

Series:
NASL Head-to-Head: First Meeting

Coaches quotes:
“In all my years of coaching, it’s always the same; until you step on the field for your first game of the season, you don’t know 100% how the team is going to play.  It’s going to be even tougher this game, because Ottawa is a new team and we’ve never seen them play. I do know that they have some good players so they should be a pretty good team.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

“We are preparing for every game like it is a final.  Every team in the league went and made themselves better in the offseason and with only nine games in the Spring Season we must be competitive every weekend starting this Saturday against Fort Lauderdale” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos

Referee: Ted Unkel
Asst 1: Randy Cook
Asst 2: Rubiel Vazquez
4th: Felix Carranza

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 Ottawa Fury FC 0

Goals by defender Rafael Alves and forward Darnell King gave the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 2-0 victory over the newest club Ottawa Fury FC in the opening match of the 2014 NASL season in front of 3,105 fans at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday evening.

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Goals by defender Rafael Alves and forward Darnell King gave the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 2-0 victory over the newest club Ottawa Fury FC in the opening match of the 2014 NASL season in front of 3,105 fans at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday evening.

The game started at a fast pace in the first-ever meeting between the two sides. Neither side was too familiar with their opponent but both teams looked to attack the opposition and get on the board first.

It took Alves just 13 minutes to score the first goal of the 2014 NASL season. The big Brazilian  found himself unmarked at the back post on midfielder Mark Anderson’s driven low freekick. He slid home for his first goal for the Strikers in 15 appearances.

Strikers goalkeeper Oka Nikolov was very active in his Strikers debut. The German-born goalkeeper was one of the main acquisitions by the Strikers in the 2014 offseason and finished his first match with the Strikers with four key saves.

Chris Nurse went close to doubling the Strikers’ lead with a header at the end of the first half. His effort went just wide of the post. Richie Ryan had a chance to level the score  on the stroke of halftime but was denied by Nikolov.

Alves was forced off with an injury at the halftime interval. Justin Chavez moved back into defense and substitute Manny Gonzalez stepped into midfield. The Strikers came out of the dressing rooms the stronger side and pressed for a second goal.

The insurance goal finally came in the 80th minute on a Strikers counter attack through King. Ottawa were exposed at the back after throwing numbers forward and a smart through ball from Marius Ebbers found King surging down the right.

The right back attempted to unselfishly play a square ball to Anderson inside the box, but the low cross was cut out by Fury FC goalkeeper Devala Gorrick. King pounced on the loose ball and sent a vicious effort into the back of the net.

“First of all its great when you win that is most important as it is never easy as we didn’t really know where we were after the preseason so we are very happy with this ‘W,’” said Raoul Voss, Strikers assistant coach.  “The way we played there is some room for improvement that is for sure, especially in the midfield we need to connect a little better.  The first game is never easy so we are happy with the win now and we can build up from there.”