FC Tampa Bay wrapped up another day of training with a 90-minute session Thursday morning at Al Lang Stadium. The team will hold its final workout of the week Friday morning before hosting 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 on Saturday, October 8.
FC Tampa Bay assistant coach David Hayes said that the team has had a good week of preparation with Saturday's match drawing closer.
"We have not changed much and the guys are relaxed," said Hayes. "(Head Coach) Ricky (Hill) and I have kept the same regimen from the year and the mindset is a positive one going into the game. It's going to be a great game; Minnesota just came off a big win and we have to match their intensity."
Hayes said that a one-game elimination playoff game has an impact on the way the teams play.
"When it is a one-game playoff like this weekend, the team that scores first has the momentum and takes on a different mentality," said Hayes. "Every play is a little more meaningful than in the regular season."
Here is a look at this weekend's NASL playoff schedule, which opens this Saturday night with all eyes focused on the Sunshine State and matches at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg as well as Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale.
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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.
Begin October 8
Begin October 22