With the regular season in the rearview mirror, FC Tampa Bay held its first practice Monday morning at Shimberg Fields as it prepares for the postseason starting this weekend at Al Lang Stadium.
FC Tampa Bay hosts its first-ever postseason match this Saturday, October 1 at Al Lang Stadium at 7:30 p.m. FC Tampa Bay will face NSC Minnesota in a one-game single-elimination NASL quarterfinal. Fort Lauderdale will face FC Edmonton in the other quarterfinal. The winners of both matches advance to the NASL semifinals, which begin the following weekend.
FC Tampa Bay clinched the third seed in the NASL playoffs with a 2-0 victory over the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium in the regular season finale.
Here is a look at the upcoming playoff schedule, which opens this Saturday night with all eyes focused on the Sunshine State with matches at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg and Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale.
2011 NASL Playoff Schedule
Saturday, October 1
NSC Minnesota at FC Tampa Bay - 7:30 p.m.
FC Edmonton at Ft. Lauderdale - 7:30 p.m.
Semifinals - First Leg
Saturday, October 8
FC Tampa Bay, FC Edmonton OR Ft. Lauderdale at Puerto Rico - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 or Sunday, October 9
Carolina at Ft. Lauderdale, FC Edmonton OR NSC Minnesota
(Ft. Lauderdale would host on Sunday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m., FC Edmonton would host on Sunday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. and NSC Minnesota would host on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.)
Semifinals - Second Leg
Saturday, October 15
Ft. Lauderdale, FC Edmonton OR NSC Minnesota at Carolina - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 or Sunday, October 16
Puerto Rico at FC Tampa Bay, FC Edmonton OR Ft. Lauderdale
(FC Tampa Bay would host on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m., FC Edmonton would host on Sunday, October 16 at 4:00 p.m. and NSC Minnesota would host on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.)
Finals - First Leg
Saturday, October 22 or Sunday, October 23
Finals - Second Leg
Saturday, October 29 or Sunday, October 30
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