Ivan Guerrero has been a solid defender Goalkeeper Sanchez can capture NASL record
and has two assists to boot! for shutout minutes with a clean first half
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. –The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (3-1-2, 10 points) will attempt to push their four match unbeaten streak when they take on FC Edmonton (1-4-1, 7 points) on Sunday, September 15that 4:00 p.m. at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Canada.
“Every game now is important, everyone is pretty close to the top of the table,” said Strikers head coach Günter Kronsteiner. “We had a chance to be in first place after the last game, but we could only come out with a point against San Antonio. Now Edmonton is going to be very tough at home. We need to stay focused on defense and find our chances to score, and come out of there with points.”
After a 0-0 draw against the Scorpions, the Strikers have recorded three straight shutouts with Richard Sanchez between the posts. This matches an all time Strikers record set by former Dutch International Jan Van Beveren in 1981, who did it two separate times that year.
Sanchez currently sits at 315 shutout minutes, with the last goal against him coming at the close of the first half against the Scorpions on August 17th in the game that marked the start of the team's unbeaten streak. The league record for consecutive shutout minutes is held by Jeff Attinella, Tampa Bay Rowdies, with 359 minutes, including three complete game shutouts from July 12 through August 4, 2012. Attinella, a Florida native, played four games with the Strikers during the Spring season, on loan from Real Salt Lake of MLS. He helped the team post a 2-1-1 record during that stretch.
FC Edmonton currently sits tied for fourth place with the Atlanta Silverbacks with seven points. FC Edmonton has played to four straight 1-1 draws and are on a five match unbeaten streak heading into this Sunday’s game. They are led by Chris Nurse and Corey Hertzog, who have all of FC Edmonton’s goals during the current Fall campaign.
Previously against FC Edmonton
In their last match with FC Edmonton, the Strikers came out of Clarke Stadium with a 1-0 victory, with the game winning goal coming from Carlos Salazar in the 68th minute.
These squads also met in the first match of the Spring season at Lockhart Stadium, playing to a 1-1 draw. David Foley scored a goal in the 72nd minute to knot the score and ensure that the Strikers earned a point in front of the home crowd.
FTL is 1W-1T-0L against EDM in 2013
FTL is 6-3-2 against EDM all-time including 1-0-0 in the playoffs
FTL is 2-2-1 when playing in Edmonton
All games in Edmonton have been played on a Sunday
Richard Sanchez has 315 consecutive shutout minutes, including 3 complete game shutouts
The last goal scored against the Strikers was on August 17th in the 45th minute against the San Antonio Scorpions
The next match for the Strikers will take place on Saturday, September 21st against the New York Cosmos at Lockhart Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET. This match will mark the first time in over 30 years that the Strikers and Cosmos have faced off at Lockhart Stadium. Tickets for all upcoming home games are available for purchase online at www.strikers.com, or by calling 954-606-0400. Call or visit Strikers.com for more information. Follow the Strikers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.