The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (2-1-4, 7 points) will finish off a stretch of three games in six days when they face off against the Carolina RailHawks (3-2-1, 11 points) on Saturday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Lockhart Stadium. Fort Lauderdale beat FC Edmonton 1-0 in their last NASL match on Sunday and can pull to within one point of the RailHawks with a victory. The Strikers are six points behind first-place Atlanta with five games remaining in the NASL’s Spring season.
“The guys are motivated from our win in Edmonton and our performance against FC Dallas. We feel like we’re playing good soccer now, and have to keep building on the last two games and be ready for a tough challenge against Carolina,” said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore.
Both teams competed in the U.S. Open Cup this week with the Strikers playing well against MLS-leading FC Dallas before giving up two goals in the second half to lose 2-0. The RailHawks faced off against the LA Galaxy for the second year in a row and once again defeated the defending MLS Champions 2-0 on Wednesday.
“Training this week has been good and tough since we played on both Sunday and Tuesday,” said Shore. “We have a few injuries we’ll need to deal with, but after seeing the play of our guys in Edmonton who stepped up and played well, we’ll have a good group to select from.”
Coming into this week’s match, the Strikers will have to compete without the services of several key contributors as both David Foley and Mark Anderson are sidelined indefinitely with injuries. The last meeting for these two teams at Lockhart Stadium resulted in a 1-0 victory for the Strikers on Aug. 11, 2012. Fort Lauderdale and Carolina have combined to score 24 goals in their last six matches.
Carolina has won the previous two games in this rivalry including last season’s playoff match at WakeMed Soccer Park on Sept. 29, 2012. Both games ended with the final score 3-1 in Carolina’s favor.
The match from historic Lockhart Stadium will kick off at 7:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live right here on strikers.com.
FTL went 2W-2T-1L against CAR in 2012
FTL is 7W-3T-10L all-time against CAR
FTL is 5W-2T-2L all-time at Lockhart Stadium against CAR
Last meeting: April 20, 2013 CAR 3-1 FTL
The Strikers travel north to face Minnesota United FC on Saturday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. and return to historic Lockhart Stadium on June 15 to battle the Atlanta Silverbacks. Tickets for all Strikers home games may be purchased online at Strikers.com or by calling the Strikers’ ticket office at 954-606-0400. Follow the Strikers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.