FC Tampa Bay vs. Carolina RailHawks
Wellspring Pharmaceutical Title Night
Saturday, June 4 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 Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Bright House Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Jim Henderson, 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: 2-4-3, 10 points
Carolina: 7-1-1, 22 points
2011 Series (W-T-L): Carolina leads 1-0-0
FC Tampa Bay and the Carolina RailHawks are facing each other for the second time this season. FCTB lost the first match 3-1 to the RailHawks on May 7 in St. Petersburg. FCTB midfielder Pascal Millien scored in the 23rd minute to tie the game at 1-1 after a goal by Etienne Barbara in the 20th minute. But Carolina forward Brian Farber regained the lead, scoring in the 52nd minute and Barbara extended Carolina’s lead to 3-1 with his second goal of the match, setting a new club record for career goals.
Former Rowdies player Farrukh Quraishi and current FCTB goalkeeper Daryl Sattler will sign autographs on the concourse from 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Danielle de Alminana will be performing the National Anthem.
What’s at Stake:
FC Tampa Bay opens a two-match homestand with tonight’s game against Carolina. FCTB has earned points in four of its first six home matches, including two shutout victories over the Montreal Impact. FC Tampa Bay lost 4-0 at FC Edmonton on Tuesday night to snap a three-match unbeaten streak.
Carolina sits atop the NASL table with 22 points and a 7-1-1 record. The RailHawks are unbeaten over their last eight matches and have won a franchise record five straight. Carolina has scored a league-best 20 goals, led by the NASL leader in goals (11), assists (5) and points (27) in Etienne Barbara.
FCTB leads the league with four shutouts in 2011, equaling its season total of four in 30 matches last season.
Carolina features the top two players in the league in both goals and assists. Barbara leads the NASL with 11 goals, followed by teammate Pablo Campos with five. And Barbara’s league-best five assists are trailed by Carolina’s Floyd Franks, who has three assists.
FC Tampa Bay captain and defender Frankie Sanfilippo is the only player on the squad to have played in all 810 minutes this season. Sanfilippo and fellow defender J.P. Rodrigues are the lone FC Tampa Bay players to start all nine games in 2011.
RailHawks goalkeeper Brad Knighton is tied for most shutouts in the NASL with three this season.
FC Tampa Bay is at home again, facing the Atlanta Silverbacks for the second time this season on Sunday, June 12 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg at 6:00 p.m.