FC Tampa Bay vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Light Up The Bay 7.4 presented by Budweiser
Monday, July 4 at 6:00 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 gameday at 3:00 p.m.
Play-by-Play: Mike Pepper
The match can also be seen live online at www.fctampabay.com
FC Tampa Bay: 3-5-5, 14 points
Fort Lauderdale: 3-8-2, 17 points
2011 Series (W-T-L):
2010 Series (W-T-L):
FC Tampa Bay won the series 1-3-0
Last season, FC Tampa Bay went 1-3-0 (W-T-L) against Ft. Lauderdale (formerly Miami FC). The teams played to a 1-1 draw last season on July 4th at Steinbrenner Field.
Former Rowdies goalkeeper Winston DuBose and defender Refik Kozic will sign autographs on the concourse from 5:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Unveiling of new NASL Soccer Ball:
The game marks the debut of the brand new NASL match ball, which will be used throughout the remainder of the 2011 NASL season and the playoffs. This NASL match ball was specifically designed for the league by Joma and its red-white-and-blue color scheme and star pattern reflect the iconic heritage of the league.
FC Tampa Bay takes on the Strikers for the second time in six days. FC Tampa Bay and the Strikers played to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday night at Lockhart Stadium in the first meeting of the season between the clubs.
Forward Mike Ambersley broke a scoreless tie in the 68th minute when he chipped the ball over Ft. Lauderdale goalkeeper Matt Glaeser after midfielder Tsuyoshi Yoshitake sprung him on a breakaway with a perfect pass. Ft. Lauderdale salvaged a point, though, when midfielder Eduardo Coudet converted a free kick past FCTB rookie goalkeeper Jeff Attinella in second half stoppage time.
Ambersley ranks third in the NASL with six goals, including four in the last four matches.
The Strikers, who enter the match on a seven-game unbeaten streak, have been led by Glaeser, who boasts a league-best 0.63 goals against average, and Coudet, who is tied for fourth in the NASL with five goals.
Post-Game on the Field:
Following the game, fans can stick around and watch the City of St. Petersburg’s Fireworks display from the outfield at Al Lang Stadium or from downtown St. Petersburg.
FC Tampa Bay heads to Puerto Rico to take on the Islanders on Saturday, July 9 at 8:05 p.m. The team will return home to host its first-ever international friendly against the English Premier League’s Bolton Wanderers on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.