FC Tampa Bay at Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The match can be seen live online at www.fctampabay.com
FC Tampa Bay: 3-4-5, 13 points
Fort Lauderdale: 3-7-2, 16 points
FCTB went 1-3-0 (W-T-L) against Fort Lauderdale (formerly Miami FC) last season.
What’s at Stake:
This will be their first meeting of the season after their May 14 match was postponed due to inclement weather. FC Tampa Bay went 1-3-0 (W-T-L) against Ft. Lauderdale (formerly Miami FC) last season. The first two matches were 1-1 draws on May 1 and July 4. FCTB posted a 2-0 shutout in their third head-to-head matchup on July 25 and the clubs played to a 3-3 decision in the last meeting of the season on August 14.
Fort Lauderdale is in fifth place in the North American Soccer League standings with 16 points out of 12 matches played this season. Strikers forward Eduardo Coudet leads the team with four goals and also has two assists this year. Goalkeeper Matt Glaeser ranks first in the NASL with a goals against average of 0.57 and is tied for most shutouts with four.
FC Tampa Bay forward Mike Ambersley ranks tied for third in the league with five goals, with three of those scores in the last three matches. Ambersley is one of three players to have appeared in all 12 matches in 2011, along with forward Aaron King and defender Frankie Sanfilippo.
As a team, eight of FCTB’s 12 goals this season have been scored in the second half, while its opponents have produced 11 of their 18 goals against FC Tampa Bay in the final 45 minutes.
In its last match, FC Tampa Bay dropped a 3-1 decision at league-leading Carolina on June 18. Forward Warren Ukah scored FCTB’s lone goal for an early 1-0 lead, but the RailHawks responded with three goals, including two in the second half, for the win.
Ft. Lauderdale is coming off a 1-1 tie against Puerto Rico on June 25 at home, which extended the Strikers’ unbeaten streak to six games. Forward Martin Nunez scored his second goal of the season for Ft. Lauderdale.
FC Tampa Bay returns home on Monday, July 4, for its annual matchup against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at 6 p.m. Fans are invited to stay after the match to watch the city of St. Petersburg’s fireworks display from the outfield at Al Lang Stadium or in downtown St. Petersburg. Tradition. Fireworks. Rivalry. Light Up The Bay 7.4 presented by Budweiser.