Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3276
  • Date03 May 14
  • VenueClarke Field
FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton 1
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3
Fort Lauderdale Strikers

D. Fordyce73'

40'M. Núñez

63'F. Picault

79'M. Anderson

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers


TV: FCE – City TV (Delayed – Sunday, May 4, 3:30 pm ET)

After advancing to the semifinals of the Amway Canadian Championship with a 3-1 victory over Ottawa Fury FC last Wednesday, FC Edmonton welcomes Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Clarke Stadium.  Edmonton is coming off a 1-0 loss on the road to Minnesota United FC last week, while Fort Lauderdale topped visiting Indy Eleven by a score of 3-2.  Strikers lead the head-to-head series against the Eddies and Fort Lauderdale has not lost to the Canadian club in its last six encounters.  The last time both teams met was a 1-1 draw at Lockhart Stadium on November 2, 2013.  A penalty kick goal in the first half by midfielder Carlos Salazar gave the Strikers the lead but Eddies got the equalizer with a tally from midfielder Massimo Mirabelli with 16 minutes remaining in the game.

Last Five Games: FTL-W L W        FCE-T L L  
FTL-Marius Ebbers, Ivan Guerrero (Team of the Week-3)

Stats leaders:
FCE-Goal– Tomi Ameobi (1); Assist – Ritchie Jones (1)
FTL-Goals – Rafael Alves, Marius Ebbers, Darnell King, Martin Nuñez, Chris Nurse, Fafá Picault (1); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (2)

NASL Head-to-Head: (12 meetings):  Strikers 5 wins, 5 ties, 2 losses—15 GF/10 GA (+5 GD)
At Edmonton: (6 meetings): Strikers 2 wins, 3 ties, 1 loss— 6 GF/6 GA (0 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings): Eddies/Strikers 0 wins, 2 ties, 0 losses — 2 GF/2 GA (0 GD)
Last Meeting: November 2, 2013 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 1-1 Eddies

Coaches quotes:
““Another home game for us is great. Hopefully we can pick up from where we left off by being difficult to break down and at the same time, being lethal in front of the net. Fort Lauderdale are off to a good start and we know it will be a difficult game.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

“Edmonton is always tough. It’s one of the hardest teams to travel to. They’re very well organized defensively. Last place but doesn’t mean anything, they’re much better than the standings say. Our team is coming off a good win, but we need to stay focused and get points on the road.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

Referee: Alain Ruch
Asst 1: Peter Manastyrsky
Asst 2: Micheal Barwegen
4th: David Gantar



FC Edmonton 1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3

Strikers keep pace with Minnesota


FC Edmonton returned to regular North American Soccer League season action on Saturday against a visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers team in front of a chilly crowd of FCE faithful at Clarke Stadium. The Eddies were looking to get into the win column for the first time in their NASL spring campaign, having lost twice and drawn once in their first three matches. But it was the Fort Lauderdale Strikers that found the majority of the offence in the match as they went on to earn the 3-1 victory over the home team.

The first half was very much a defensive battle as neither team had many chances in the early going. It was the visiting side that was first on the board in the 39th minute. Martin Nunez capitalized on a second effort when a through ball found him right in front of goal after Eddies’ goalkeeper John Smits made the initial save. Nunez made no mistake and chipped it over the head of Smits to put the Strikers up 1-0 heading into the half. 

Fort Lauderdale got on the board again in the 64th minute when a rush up the middle saw a pass from Darnell King meet a streaking Fafa Picault, who put it off the right post and in to double their lead. But the Eddies were quick to respond when a pass off the head of Tomi Ameobi deep in Striker territory found the boot of Daryl Fordyce, who used a cheeky back-heel kick to put it past Striker ‘keeper Lionel Brown to narrow the Strikers’ lead to 2-1.

But the Strikers capitalized once again on an opportunity in the 79th minute. Edmonton defender Albert Watson received a red card for intentionally handling the ball inside the Eddies’ penalty area. Mark Anderson made no mistake to convert on the penalty kick and give the Strikers the 3-1 lead, which they would keep until the final whistle.

Extra minutes in the match resulted in a scare for the Eddies when forward Sadi Jalali went down during a challenge with two Fort Lauderdale players. Jalali stayed down for several minutes before being stretchered off the pitch.

“There was some good football and some not so good football,” said FCE head coach Colin Miller. “Young Hanson did well once again to kick-start our offence, but it was not enough to bring us back in the game. Credit to Fort Lauderdale, they came with a very strong team, but we have to do better.”

FC Edmonton will take another break from regular NASL season action when they play host to the Montreal Impact in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semi-final round on Wednesday, May 7. Game time is 7:30 p.m. MT KO. FC Edmonton season ticket holders already have their ticket for Wednesday’s Amway match by using Bonus Ticket #1 in their season ticket package.

The Eddies will look to reverse their NASL fortunes when they head on the road to take on the Indy Eleven in their next regular season match on Saturday, May 10.