Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance2648
  • Date02 Aug 14
  • VenueLockhart Stadium
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies 0
Tampa Bay Rowdies

F. Picault72'

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies



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The second of three games for this year’s state rivalry clash has Fort Lauderdale Strikers welcoming Tampa Bay Rowdies at Lockhart Stadium.  Along with the league’s season, the two sides are also competing for the Coastal Cup during the 2014 Florida Derby.  The Rowdies have won the last four during the NASL’s modern era.  Rowdies dropped a 2-0 encounter at home to league-leaders San Antonio Scorpions last week, while the Strikers played to a 1-1 draw against visiting New York Cosmos.  Rowdies have won 10 of 13 NASL encounters against the Strikers since 2011, however Fort Lauderdale has won the last meeting at Lockhart Stadium during the Fall of last year.  Goals by Bradlee Baladez and midfielder Martin Núñez gave the host Strikers a 2-1 victory on October 5, 2013.


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



FTL-James Marcelin (Team of the Week-3)



Stats leaders:

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

TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (5); Assists – Georgi Hristov, Blake Wagner (2)



FTL-Ronaldo Viera



NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings): Rowdies 10 wins, 1 tie, 2 losses – 31 GF/14 GA (+17 GD)

At Strikers: (6 meetings): Rowdies 3 wins, 1 tie, 2 losses— 10 GF/7 GA (+3 GD)

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

Last Meeting: May 24, 2014 at Al Lang Stadium— Rowdies 3-2 Strikers


Coaches quotes:

“The Rowdies are a strong team, but we need to win and get the three points at home. We are still in the middle of the hunt for the ‘Championship,’ so if we continue to play together and play mistake free fútbol, we can make it. We played a very tough match against the Cosmos, and I’m very proud of the way our team played being down a man.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

"We don't have the same kind of dominance against the Strikers in Fort Lauderdale as we have at home in St. Petersburg. Lockhart Stadium has a beautiful pitch and it's a beautiful environment to play in. We've always had open games against them. The Strikers, irrespective of their current form or their past record against us, they're always a handful. Our games against the Strikers are always fiercely contested, so I hope we execute well as a team." – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill


Referee: Kevin Terry Jr.

Asst 1: Jose Da Silva

Asst 2: Rubiel Vazquez

4th: Randy Cook



Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0

The Strikers defeated rivals Tampa Bay Rowdies by a score of 1-0 on a beautiful night at Lockhart Stadium. Fafà Picault scored the game’s only goal on a full volley in the second half against his former side.


The Fort Lauderdale Strikers started the game quickly and within the first six minutes created three chances. Just seconds after the kickoff Jenison Brito forced Matt Pickens into a save. Picault and Martin Nuñez had opportunities from the edge of the box but flashed their efforts wide.

Attacking at will, the Strikers sent long balls over the top to utilize the pace of Picault. Overlapping runs from right back Darnell King continued to get the better of Anthony Wallace all game. Fort Lauderdale took a total of 20 shots on the night.

Pickens made six saves on the night, including two impressive diving stops on Picault in the first and second half.

Against the run of play, the Rowdies should have taken the lead in the 43rd minute when Blake Wagner missed an open net. A low cross from the right bypassed the Strikers defense and keeper Kamil Contofalsky, but Wagner, alone in space, squandered the easy opportunity wide.

A move started by goalkeeper Contofalsky nearly resulted in a goal for the Strikers shortly after the second-half restart. A long clearance wasn’t dealt with by the Rowdies defense, leading to an exchange between Brito and Nuñez. The space created left Anderson with a clear strike from the top of the 18 yard box that struck defender Tamika Mkandawire and trickled just wide of the post.

More heroics from Pickens came in the 66th minute to deny Brito a headed goal. The Brazilian forward connected on a cross from a King but Pickens was equal to the header.

The breakthrough finally came in the 72nd minute through Picault. The speedy forward anticipated a rebound after an effort from Nuñez struck the bar. He was first to the ball and got his reward with a full volley into the back of the net for the game-winning goal.

The Rowdies failed to threaten the Strikers goal in the second half, creating just two shots, as the hosts held on for a comfortable win at home. 

The Rowdies were limited to just five shots in the first half, compared to ten from Fort Lauderdale. Contofalsky made just one save.