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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5756
  • Date25 Oct 14
  • VenueLockhart Stadium
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Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. FC Edmonton

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. FC Edmonton

FTLvFCE

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: ESPN3                           

Radio: FTL – Sofloradio.com

 

A battle for the last qualifying berth to The Championship, as FC Edmonton visits the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium in the NASL’s ‘Match of the Week’ on ESPN3.  The Strikers, who are coming off a 1-1 draw against the host Carolina RailHawks last week, currently have the fourth spot in the NASL Combined Table.  Meanwhile, Edmonton, who trails Fort Lauderdale by two points for the last spot into The Championship, extended its unbeaten streak to six games last weekend with a 2-0 road victory over Ottawa Fury FC.  Strikers are unbeaten in their last five regular season games against the Eddies at Lockhart Stadium.  However, Edmonton won the last meeting against Fort Lauderdale, 2-1, at Clarke Stadium on August 24.  Midfielders Ritchie Jones and Lance Laing scored for the Eddies, while forward Aly Alberto Hassan had the only tally for the Strikers in the loss.

 

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

 

Recognition:

FTL-Mark Anderson (Team of the Week-15)

FCE-Lance Laing (Player of the Week-15); Lance Laing, John Smits, Albert Watson (Team of the Week-15)

 

Stats leaders:

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (12); Assists – Shawn Chin (5)

FCE-Goals – Lance Laing (7); Assists – Lance Laing (6)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings):  Strikers 6 wins, 5 ties, 3 losses —19 GF/13 GA (+6 GD)

At Strikers: (6 meetings): Strikers 3 wins, 2 ties, 1 loss— 8 GF/4 GA (+4 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Strikers 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss — 4 GF/3 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: August 24, 2014 at Clarke Stadium — Eddies 2-1 Strikers

 

Coaches quotes:

“We control the fourth position in the standings, but we know we must continue to win in order to accomplish our goal of playing in The Championship.  Edmonton is a very strong team, and they are playing with a lot of confidence.  Both teams know what's at stake.  Our team will be ready for the challenge.  We will have to play our best in order to come out of this game on top.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

“This is a game that I’ve had my eye on for some time. I thought it would be a really critical game for us. I have a lot of respect for Fort Lauderdale and this will be a real test for us. The Strikers are playing very well at this point in the season and so are we. These are the sorts of games that every professional wants to play in. It’s now a test of who can handle this sort of pressure the best.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

 

Referee: Robert Sibiga

Asst 1: Nicholas Dudley

Asst 2: Carl Hagemann Jr.

4th: Matthew Miscannon

 

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 FC Edmonton 0

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers moved one step closer to a spot in The Championship after a 1-0 victory against visiting FC Edmonton in front of a season-high crowd of 5,756 at Lockhart Stadium.

FTLvFCE

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers moved one step closer to a spot in The Championship after a 1-0 victory against visiting FC Edmonton in front of a season-high crowd of 5,756 at Lockhart Stadium.

The Strikers can clinch the last remaining spot in The Championship next Saturday with a win or draw against Ottawa Fury FC at Lockhart in the final match of the season.

A lone goal from Strikers midfielder Pecka in the 83rd minute maintained Fort Lauderdale’s fourth-place position in the NASL Combined Standings. Carolina RailHawks are just two points behind following their 2-0 win at Atlanta that kept their postseason chances alive going into their last match at home against league-leaders Minnesota United FC.

The Strikers attacked throughout the match but were shut out until the final minutes of the match by FC Edmonton goalkeeper John Smits, who made a total of seven saves on the night. It was an unfortunate error by Smits that led to the Strikers winning-goal, eliminating FC Edmonton from postseason contention.

After coming outside of his box to make an attempted clearance, Smits saw his effort partially blocked by Strikers forward Fafà Picault. The ball bounced to an unmarked Pecka who seized the golden opportunity to lift the ball over the keeper and into an empty net from 25 yards away to put the Strikers in front 1-0.

Smits’ opposite number Kamil Contofalsky made a pair of key saves for the Strikers in the first half, denying Jones in the 25th minute before coming up big again a minute later. The Slovakian was on his toes all night as the Eddies dangerous attackers continued to create opportunities. He was shown a yellow card in the second half for a last-ditch challenge on Edmonton winger Lance Laing.

The Strikers also had opportunities to open the scoring in the first 45 minutes of action, with Shawn Chin and Mark Anderson forcing Smits into diving saves in the 18th and 19th minutes.

Picault was closest to opening the scoring in the 53rd minute of the match, but the impressive Smits was on hand to deny. A corner kick was headed across goal to Picault who powered a header on target that was parried off the crossbar and out by the Edmonton goalkeeper.

Following the goal, the Strikers held firm to see out the victory.

"It was long awaited, to be honest with you, because we missed many chances," said Strikers coach, Günter Kronsteiner.  "Usually you don't get many chances against a team like this one, but we finished it and I think it was very well deserved."