PREVIEW | Strikers Continue Postseason Chase In San Antonio

Fort Lauderdale sits three points out of the final postseason spot entering the match against San Antonio
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Staff | Oct 2, 2015

Following defeats in two consecutive matches, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are looking to stop the losing skid and return to the winning ways the club has enjoyed for much of the Fall Season under Günter Kronsteiner.

José Angulo -- starting just his second match of the Fall Season -- opened and closed the scoring on Saturday night against Minnesota United, but the Strikers conceded a club-record five times in between to fall, 5-2, to the red-hot Loons at Lockhart Stadium. The week prior, Fort Lauderdale saw a six-game unbeaten streak snapped by league leaders Ottawa Fury FC.

Heading into the final 10 minutes of its match against the Atlanta Silverbacks trailing by two goals, San Antonio rallied to a 3-3 draw in their last run out. The draw extended their home unbeaten streak to three matches.

The two clubs have squared off just once since San Antonio topped Fort Lauderdale, 2-1, in the 2014 NASL Championship Final -- a 1-1 draw in the Alamo City on May 30. The Red & Gold have only beaten their hosts once in San Antonio: a 2-1 victory on August 17, 2013, in what was Günter Kronsteiner’s first victory as Strikers head coach.

Despite slipping down the standings, both sides remain in the hunt for a spot in The Championship. The Strikers occupy sixth in the Combined Standings with 31 points -- five points clear of the Scorpions, and just three points behind Edmonton and Tampa Bay in the coveted fourth position, but with a game in hand.

While injuries have left the Strikers squad depleted in recent matches, there is some good news for Fort Lauderdale as instrumental midfielder PC returns after serving a one-match suspension. Jordan Graye (broken nose) is doubtful for the match after missing last week’s game against Minnesota. The Strikers will also be without Fabian Kling (back) and Joe Nasco (broken leg).

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