Tampa Bay Rowdies at Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The match can be seen live online at www.RowdiesSoccer.com - click here
Tampa Bay Rowdies: 3-3-3, 12 points
Fort Lauderdale Strikers: 2-4-3, 10 points
The Rowdies won the first meeting between the teams earlier this season with a 3-1 victory at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday, April 28.
Tampa Bay is undefeated in all nine matches between the teams since its return in 2010, including four consecutive victories in the series.
Tampa Bay 3, Ft. Lauderdale 1
April 28, 2012, Al Lang Stadium
The Rowdies used goals by forward Matt Clare (27'), forward Mike Ambersley (62') and midfielder Keith Savage (90+') in the Tampa Bay victory.
The Rowdies are undefeated in their last two NASL matches and stand in fourth place in the standings, but just five points behind league leader Puerto Rico.
Forward Daniel Antoniuk is tied for fourth in the league with four goals and ranks tied for sixth with nine points.
Rowdies captain Frankie Sanfilippo was named NASL Defensive Player of the Week following Tampa Bay's shutout of the unbeaten Minnesota Stars last Friday night. The scoreless draw in St. Petersburg snapped Minnesota's winning streak at three and the Stars were held scoreless for the first time in their last six matches.
Scouting Ft. Lauderdale
Midfielder Mark Anderson has scored in five of the last six matches in all competitions for the Strikers, including a fantastic goal in the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night. Anderson, Aly Hassan and Andy Herron are all tied for the team lead with three goals each in league play in 2012. Midfielder Walter Restrepo leads the league with four assists this season.
The Strikers are winless in their last five league matches (0-2-3) after starting the season with a 2-2-0 record.
Matt Glaeser has blocked more shots than any other goalkeeper this season with a total of 40 saves.
Rowdies Head Coach Ricky Hill
"I am looking forward to the match against the Strikers. It is always an intense battle and we have seen some tightly contested games with Ft. Lauderdale. We are trying to bounce back from the disappointment of losing to the Rapids in the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night. We want to try and get a victory this Saturday as we return to league play against a very good opponent in the Strikers."
The Rowdies continue their three-match road trip on Saturday, June 9 at Puerto Rico at 7:30 p.m.