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NASL Log: June 20 2013



Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0-1 Atlanta Silverbacks

In a predictable result, the Silverbacks moved back into first place with a 1-0 win over the Strikers.  The most significant action in the first half was probably a yellow card issued to Atlanta’s Martyn Lancaster.  Late in the second half, Atlanta’s 18-year old on-loan striker Kellen Gulley passed the ball to Horace James who was brought down in the penalty box.  Atlanta’s Richie Menjivar converted the penalty kick to score the only goal of the game.  With the win, Atlanta is now in first place with 17 points.  Fort Lauderdale is in last place with 8 points.

Starting Lineups:

ATL: Nasco; Lancaster, Hunt, Navarro, Bloom; Menjivar, Blanco; CArr, Barrera, Mendes, Luna

FTL: Glaeser; Guillaume, Thomas, Chavez, Guerrero; Stahl, Gonzalez, Pecka, Salazar, Johnson, King


Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-2 San Antonio Scorpions

Tampa Bay lost to a San Antonio Scorpions team that seems to be getting closer to their old form from last season.  San Antonio defeated the Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium by a score of 2-1.  The first goal came from Blake Wagner in the 36th minute from an indirect free kick from edge of the six yard box that he easily got into the back of the net.  Tampa Bay tied the game in the 80th minute when Devin Del Do crossed the ball from the right edge of the eighteen yard box towards the far post.  Carl Cort headed the ball down and into the net to make the score 1-1.  In the 88th minute, San Antonio came back and scored the last goal – and winning goal – of the match when Hans Denissen made a run down the right flank, dribbled the ball into the eighteen yard box, and slotted the ball past San Antonio’s goalkeeper to win the game by a score of 2-1.  With the win, San Antonio has eleven points and sits in sixth place.  Tampa Bay sits in fourth place as their hopes of winning the spring season are beginning to fall out of their grasp.

Starting Lineups:

SAS: Vuolo; Jennnings, Vucko, Janicki, DeRoux; Saavedra, Phelan, Harmse, Wagner; Bayona, Zavaleta

TBR: Restreppo; Sanfilippo, Scott, Needham, Gafa; Mulholland, Campbell, Savage; Hristov, Del Do, Walker


FC Edmonton 1-1 Carolina RailHawks

In a game that saw some history with the debut of the youngest NASL player ever, Hanson Bokai, FC Edmonton and the Carolina RailHawks split the points from this game in a 1-1 result.  In the 73rd minute, Edmonton midfielder Shaun Saiko dribbled the ball up the left side of the field.  He passed the ball to Michael Cox in the middle of the field who dribbled past a Carolina defender and then beautifully shot the ball over the head of Carolina’s Akira Fitzgerald to the far post.  Carolina scored about 15 minutes after Edmonton.  Tiy Shipalane seemed to either be striking the ball or passing the ball from the center of the box to fellow midfielder Cesar Elizondo, who was running along the left side of the box.  Elizondo shot the ball to the far post to tie the game.  With the tie, Carolina is now in 2nd place with 16 points.  Edmonton is in 5th place tied with San Antonio with eleven points.

Starting Lineups:

FCE: Smits; Edward, Proctor, Watson, Laing; Flavaty, Garrett, Mirabelli; Cox, Jalali

CAR:  Fitzgerald; Low, Hamilton, James; Franks, Da Luz, Shipalane, Millington, Greenfield, Elizondo; Ackley



(ALL GAMES 6/22/13)

Carolina RailHawks vs. Minnesota United FC (7:00ET @ WakeMed Soccer Park)

Carolina and Minnesota will both want to win this game badly.  Carolina is very much still in the race to win the spring season as they currently sit in 2nd place.  Minnesota sits in third place and only three points behind first place Atlanta.  Both teams are real contenders to be crowned spring season champions, however both must earn the necessary results and hope that other teams – especially Atlanta – don’t earn many more points.  Reigning co-Player of the Week Cesar Elizondo will be hoping to contribute again for the RailHawks.  RailHawks and NASL leading goalscorer Brian Shriver may possibly add another goal to his six scored so far.  For Minnesota United FC, Simone Bracallelo – possibly the MVP of the spring season as he currently has four goals and four assists for Minnesota – will make an effort to lead his team further up the standings by contributing in the match in order to earn a win as the season begins to wrap up.

Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (7:30ET @ Atlanta Silverbacks Park)

Atlanta will be hoping to get back into the habit of winning games by large margins after they beat the struggling Fort Lauderdale Strikers last weekend only by scoring on a penalty kick late in the match.  Brian Haynes will want to see his Silverbacks squad, including Atlanta’s leading goalscorer, Ruben Luna, score plenty of goals for a Silverbacks team that has gone 1-1-1 in their last three matches.  Atlanta’s assist leader, Danny Barrera, will be hoping to contibute more to the team as well.  For Tampa Bay, they will be trying to forget about their loss last week to the sixth place San Antonio Scorpions and attempting to keep their championship dreams alive by defeating the league leaders.  Attacking threats Luke Mulholland and Georgi Hristov will both be looking to score for the first time in several weeks as both are stuck at four goals each.

San Antonio Scorpions vs. FC Edmonton (8:30ET @ Toyota Field)

The San Antonio Scorpions will be excited about their win last weekend against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.  As the squad continues to improve their form, they will be looking to separate themselves from FC Edmonton, a team with whom they are tied on points with.  With the help of Indian superstar and on-loan stiker Eriq Zavaleta, San Antonio will be hoping to capitalize on their great form and confidence and defeat FC Edmonton after their 1-1 tie with Carolina last weekend, which included a goal from Michael Cox, FC Edmonton’s leading goalscorer.


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