FC Tampa Bay vs NSC Minnesota Stars
Heartbeat International and Jimmy John’s Title Night
Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Florida
To order your tickets, call (813) 287-1539 or to order online click here.
You can also purchase tickets at the stadium box office on gameday. The box office opens on gameday at 4:00 p.m.
Bright House Sports Network
Play-by-Play: J.B. Long; Color: Winston DuBose; Sideline: Victoria Lim
Play-by-Play: Mike Pepper
The match can also be seen live online at www.fctampabay.com
FC Tampa Bay: 7-7-6, 28 points, tied for 3rd place
NSC Minnesota: 7-7-5, 28 points, tied for 3rd place
2011 Series (W-T-L): 0-1-0
The two teams are meeting for the second time this season after playing to a scoreless tie on May 28.
What’s at Stake:
FC Tampa Bay hosts the NSC Minnesota Stars for the first time this year and for just their second matchup of the season. FCTB will face NSC Minnesota three times in its final eight regular season matches of the year, including twice at Al Lang Stadium.
The two teams first meeting ended in a 0-0 draw on May 28 at NSC Stadium. The Stars outshot FCTB 20-11 in the game as goalkeeper Jeff Attinella posted his second shutout of the year.
FC Tampa Bay and Minnesota are currently tied for third place in the NASL standings with 28 points.
This game is the final match in a stretch of three contests in eight days for FC Tampa Bay. FCTB routed the Silverbacks in Atlanta last Saturday 4-0 and played to a 3-3 draw in Montreal on Wednesday.
The Stars lost 1-0 to Fort Lauderdale at home on Wednesday with Strikers forward Martin Nunez scoring the game-winner in the 67th minute.
FC Tampa Bay boasts several players among the NASL statistical leaders. Forward Mike Ambersley ranks second in the league with nine goals and fifth with four assists. Forward Aaron King's seven goals are fifth-best in the NASL, while midfielder Pascal Millien stands fourth in the league with five assists. Rookie goalkeeper Jeff Attinella leads all keepers with 91 saves this season.
On the season, the Stars boast one of the NASL’s top defenses, having allowed only 18 goals through 19 games. Goalkeeper Joe Warren ranks second in the league with a 0.89 goals against average and his 70 saves are third-best in the NASL.
FC Tampa Bay wraps up its two-game homestand next Saturday, August 20 when it hosts Puerto Rico for a 7:00 p.m. ET match.