Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3111
  • Date24 Aug 14
  • VenueClarke Field
  • Kick Off03:00 PM EDT
L W D L W
FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton 2
V
D W D W D
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
Fort Lauderdale Strikers

R. Jones33'

L. Laing72'

86'A. Hassan

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers

FCEvFTL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: FCE – CityTV

 

Two more contenders in the race for ‘The Championship,’ has FC Edmonton hosting Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Clarke Stadium.  Edmonton, who is six points from the final berth to ‘The Championship,’ is coming off its first road victory of the Fall Campaign last week after topping Carolina RailHawks, 3-2.  Fort Lauderdale, who played to a 1-1 draw at home against Atlanta Silverbacks last week, is level with Tampa Bay Rowdies on points (22) for fourth place in NASL Combined Table, however has the fifth spot on tiebreaker of away goals difference.  Strikers are unbeaten in their last seven games against the Eddies, including the last meeting this past spring where goals from forwards Martin Nuñez, Fafà Picault and a penalty kick by midfielder Mark Anderson gave visiting Fort Lauderdale a 3-1 win at Clarke Stadium on May 3.

 

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

 

Recognition:

FCE-Ritchie Jones, Lance Laing (Team of the Week-6)

FTL- Fafà Picault (Team of the Week-6)

 

Stats leaders:

FCE-Goals – Daryl Fordyce (6); Assists – Lance Laing (4)

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (7); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

 

Suspension:

FTL-Walter Ramirez

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings):  Strikers 6 wins, 5 ties, 2 losses —18 GF/11 GA (+7 GD)

At Edmonton: (7 meetings): Strikers 3 wins, 3 ties, 1 loss — 10 GF/7 GA (+3 GD)

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

Last Meeting: May 3, 2014 at Clarke Stadium — Eddies 1-3 Strikers

 

Coaches quotes:

“We have another very difficult fixture against a team that has been very consistent so far at home and away from home. We were poor against Fort Lauderdale last time they came to town. We’ve had a good run in the last few games and we’re looking to continue that this weekend at home against the Strikers.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

“This is going to be a tough game for us. Edmonton has been playing better lately.  We’ll have to see how the rest of the week goes in practice, but we’ll need some players to step in and help us get some points on the road.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

 

Referee: Sheena Dickson

Asst 1: Derecik Illingworth

Asst 2: Michael Barwegen

4th: Giancarlo Pavone

 

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FC Edmonton 2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1

Goals from defender Lance Laing and midfielder Ritchie Jones gave the host FC Edmonton a 2-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

FCEvsFTL

Goals from defender Lance Laing and midfielder Ritchie Jones gave the host FC Edmonton a 2-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Edmonton took the lead in the 34th minute when Lance Laing was able to get past Darryl Gordon and crossed the ball into the box. Ritchie Jones one-timed it past Strikers keeper David Meves to give the home team the 1-0 advantage.

The first half play was a little feisty as seven yellow cards were given in the half, including a pair of yellows in the 6th minute when Pecka was handed a yellow for a hard tackle, and Cristian Raudales came in to protect his teammates and pushed Pecka down, receiving a yellow as well. In all there were 12 yellow cards in the match, including a second yellow to Neil Hlavaty resulting in an ejection in the 90'+.

The Strikers best chance of the first half came in the 22nd minute when Aly Hassan received the  ball inside the box, was able to control the ball and turn to shoot, but the ball was blocked by the Eddies' defense. The teams went into the locker room with Edmonton leading 1-0

Edmonton came out aggressive in the second half. The Eddies almost doubled the score in the 62nd minute, taking a couple of shots from inside the box, but the Strikers defense held strong.

Just four minutes after, Laing received a through ball and found himself one-on-one with Meves, but Meves made a great save and was able to keep the Strikers within one.

Mark Anderson had a great opportunity to tie the game in the 71st minute when he received a ball inside the box but was unable to convert as Edmonton goalkeeper Lance Parker was able to stop the shot.

A minute later, Laing received a ball from Chad Burt and found himself alone at the top of the box again, and this time he was able to bury the ball past Meves to put Edmonton up 2-0.

The Strikers kept attacking and were able to get on the scoreboard late in the game when Pecka was brought down from behind inside the box and the Strikers were awarded the Penalty shot. Hassan took the shot and slotted it into the bottom left corner to cut the lead in half with less than 5 minutes left in the match.

The Strikers continued to push and had a great opportunity in the 95rd minute when Hlavati blocked a shot with his hand, just outside the box, and was given his second yellow, resulting in his ejection. Alves took the free kick and smashed it off the wall for a corner. The Strikers brought everyone up for the corner, but unfortunately were not able to capitalize and the referee blew the whistle.

“We made it very difficult for ourselves at the end, but overall it’s a well-justified three points. I’m absolutely delighted,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. “The guys are beginning to show belief in what we’re doing, and it’s showing dividends.”