Preseason Recap: Strikers v. Red Force
Match: Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FTL) vs. Red Force FC (RFR)
Competition: Preseason Friendly
Venue: Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. ET; closed-door
Weather: 66 degrees
FTL- Carlos Salazar (penalty kick)- 13th
FTL- Aly Alberto Hassan (Fafà Picault)- 64
FTL- Fafà Picault (Martin Nuñez)- 72
RFR- Unknown- 77
FTL- Marius Ebbers (Mark Anderson)- 84
FTL-Mark Anderson (unassisted)- 85
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Lineups:
First half (4-2-3-1) – Lionel Brown; Matt Hall, Rafael Alves, Stefan Antonijevic, Iván Guerrero; Manny Gonzalez, Justin Chavez; Darnell King, Carlos Salazar, Shawn Chin; Yaikel Pérez
Second half (4-4-2) – Eric Reyes*; Gonzalo De Mujica, Darryl Gordon, Mitchell Lopez, Josh Travagli*; Colin Murphy, Mark Anderson, Martin Nuñez, Fafà Picault; Aly Alberto Hassan, Marius Ebbers
* denotes trialist
Fort Lauderdale, Fla – Miami-based Red Force FC came to Lockhart as the Strikers continued preseason preparations with a closed-door preseason friendly on Wednesday, March 26.
The goals were distributed evenly between Carlos Salazar, Aly Alberto Hassan, Fafà Picault, Marius Ebbers and Mark Anderson as the Strikers continued to find the back of the net in preseason.
Carlos Salazar opened the scoring a half-hour into the match with a Panenka penalty kick down the center of the goal, and the marker remained 1-0 at the half.
Coach Kronsteiner used the second half to field an entirely new eleven and experimented with a 4-4-2 formation that featured several trialists. Marius Ebbers, who trained with the team just once prior to the game, was paired with Aly Alberto Hassan up top.
Hassan got the second half underway by applying a clinical finish to a low cross from Fafà Picault on the left flank. Picault netted a goal of his own on a diving header at the back post.
Ebbers got on the score-sheet in his first match with the Strikers with a powerful header from Mark Anderson’s corner kick to put the Strikers ahead 4-1 shortly after Red Force scored their only goal.
Less than a minute later Anderson would get the Strikers’ fifth and final goal of the match after dribbling past the defense and calmly slotting the ball past the keeper.
The Strikers play another closed-door friendly on Friday morning against Florida Gulf Coast University.
For the latest information during the offseason, stay tuned to Strikers.com. Remember to like us on Facebook.com/FTLStrikers and follow the Strikers on Twitter @FTLStrikers. The season kicks off April 12 at Lockhart. Strikers season tickets are on sale by calling 954-606-0400 or at www.strikers.com.