Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3092
  • Date12 Jul 14
  • VenueLockhart Stadium
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Fort Lauderdale Strikers
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Minnesota United FC 3
Minnesota United FC

23'Daniel Mendes

59'C. Ramirez

78'M. Ibarra

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs Minnesota United FC

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs Minnesota United FC

FTL vs MNU

Webcast: NASLLive.com

Radio: FTL – Sofloradio.com

 

NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC travels to take on Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium.  Minnesota, who captured its first title since 2011 last month, currently has a four-game unbeaten streak and lost only once in its last 11 regular season matches.  United has won the last four encounters against the Strikers including four of the last five at Minnesota.  The previous meeting took place at NSC Stadium where goals from forward Simone Bracalello, Christian Ramirez and midfielder Miguel Ibarra gave host Minnesota a 3-1 victory on May 17.

 

Last Five Games:   MNU – L W T W T                                        FTL – W L L L T                                                                                                            

Recognition:

FTL-Mark Anderson (Spring, Team of the Week-9)

MNU-Christian Ramirez (Player of the Month-June/July); Justin Davis, Jaime Watson (Spring, Team of the Week-9)

 

Stats leaders:

FTL-Goals – Martin Nuñez, Fafà Picault (4); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (5); Assists – Christian Ramirez (4)

 

Suspension:

FTL-Fafà Picault

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings):  United 6 wins, 3 ties, 4 losses—20 GF/16 GA (+4 GD)

At Strikers: (6 meetings): Strikers/United 2 wins, 2 ties, 2 losses— 8 GF/8 GA (+0 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): United 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses — 3 GF/1 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: May 17, 2014 at NSC Stadium — United 3-1 Strikers

 

Coaches quotes:

“Minnesota is always tough. They’re the Spring Champions, so they’re going to come in ready to play. But our team is ready too.  We’ll have a better idea of where we stand after the game, but we feel confident about our team.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner “???” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

 

“It's going to be a difficult game. They have a lot offensive weapons and have some size on defense. I think the weather conditions of playing in Fort Lauderdale in July with the heat and humidity are always challenging. All those factors will present a challenging first game, but at the same time we are looking forward to getting back to soccer and hopefully playing well.” – United coach Manny Lagos

 

Referee: Andres Pfefferkorn

Asst 1: Mark Cahen / Asst 2: Felix Carranza

4th: Stefan McHardy

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0 Minnesota United FC 3

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0 Minnesota United FC 3

FTLvMNU

The Strikers tasted defeat in the opening match of the Fall season, falling to Spring champions Minnesota United FC by a score of 3-0 at historic Lockhart Stadium. Goals from Daniel Mendes, Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra gave the visitors all three points.

Fort Lauderdale and Minnesota traded chances in the early stages. The Strikers threatened the Minnesota goal in the 13th minute of the match. Martin Nuñez was put through on goal but was closed down by Mitch Hildebrandt. The rebound was struck toward goal by Mark Anderson but a goal-line clearance denied the Englishman the go-ahead goal.

Minnesota took the lead from a corner kick midway through the first half. Justin Davis sent in a goal-bound in-swinging ball to the near post that Kamil Contofalsky could only parry off the line. Mendes was there to tap the rebound into the net to put the visitors in front 1-0.

Heroics from Hildebrant kept the Strikers from equalizing in the 35th minute. The keeper first closed down Nuñez in a one-on-one situation before making a huge double save on efforts from Jenison Brito and Shawn Chin.

Minnesota came out in the second half firing on all cylinders, striking the crossbar twice in the 51st minute. Another in-swinging corner from the left was headed off the bar by Mendes. The Strikers couldn’t clear and just seconds later a cracking Christian Ramirez shot cannoned off the bar.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 59th minute through Ramirez. Justin Davis tore down the left-hand side and sent in a low ball across the six yard box. Minnesota’s goal and assist leader Ramirez was at the back post to turn the ball into the net to make it 2-0.

Anderson and Jenison Brito had opportunities to score for the Strikers but neither could keep their efforts on target. Second-half substitute Aly Alberto Hassan also struck the post. The impressive Hildebrandt was forced into more key saves. The United FC keeper came up with a total of five on the night.

Miguel Ibarra crushed any hope of a Strikers comeback in the 78th minute, capitalizing on a defensive error by Rafael Alves to put Minnesota up 3-0. The Brazilian defender attempted a clearance but played the ball right into the chest of the United FC attacker. Ibarra rounded Contofalsky and calmly tucked the ball into the open net to secure victory for Minnesota.

United coach, Manny Lagos commented after the match. "There was a scoreline at halftime that I though wasn't maybe what the game was presenting and we had to put in a little more effort in certain areas. But we made a little bit of adjustments at halftime and I thought we came out and had an outstanding second half, so very pleased about the result, away, first game of the season, and I know we have work to do to get better."