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Strikers take on rivals Cosmos on Saturday

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The Strikers return to historic Lockhart Stadium this Saturday, July 26th at 7:30 p.m. looking for their first points of the Fall season following shutout defeats to Minnesota United FC and San Antonio Scorpions. The pair of defeats to start the campaign stretched the Strikers winless run to six consecutive NASL matches.

Saturday's opponents, the New York Cosmos, are coming off of a 1-0 victory over Ottawa Fury FC in front of an NASL record crowd of 14,493 at TD Place in Ottawa. It was the Cosmos' league-high seventh shutout of the year.

Fort Lauderdale led the league in goals scored in the Spring season with 18, though the team is yet to find the back of the net in 180 minutes of action this campaign. The Strikers have also failed to score against the stingy Cosmos defense in two previous attempts at Lockhart.

Coach Günter Kronsteiner- "We need to get three points at home this weekend. The Cosmos are a great team especially defensively,  so we need to play without making any mistakes.  We've had plenty of opportunity these last two games,  we just need to finish, and perhaps get a little bit of luck. “We've lost a few games in a row, but it doesn't mean we can't turn it around and win three, four games in a row; this is soccer for you, anything can happen.”

Tickets to the match are still available and start at $12 in advance here ..

The game will be streamed online through NASLLive.com . Fans can subscribe to the service to watch every game in the Fall season. You can also follow the action on Twitter at @FTLStrikers . Use the official hashtag of the match #FTLvNYC to interact with the Strikers and share your thoughts on the match.

Series history (W-T-L)

All-time (3 meetings): 0-0-3 (1 GF/7 GA; -6 GD)

At home (2 meetings): 0-0-2 (0 GF/5 GA; -5 GD)

Team news

Suspended: None

Injured: Chris Nurse, Pecka, Yaikel Perez (all missed last two matches)

2014 Stat leaders

Goals: Martin Nuñez, Fafà Picault (4)

Assists: Iván Guerrero (3)

Up next

The Strikers are back at Lockhart next Saturday, August 2, against another old rival in the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a Florida Derby match. Tickets to the matches start at just $12 in advance. Call 954-606-0400 or visit www.Strikers.com/tickets.

 

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