Match Preview: Strikers at Indy Eleven
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1W-1D-2L, 4 pts) are playing their second of three games in eight days on Wednesday, August 6th as they travel to face Indy Eleven (2-0-2, 6pts) at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. The Strikers are coming out of a solid 1-0 win against their in-state rivals Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday, August 2nd.
“We got an important win against Tampa this weekend,” said Strikers forward Fafa Picault, who scored the winning goal against the Rowdies. “We have three games in seven days, but we have momentum right now, so hopefully this will continue on the away trip. Even though it’s not in front of our home crowd, it still should be positive results.”
Fort Lauderdale dominated the match against their rivals. Having their first scoring opportunity just seconds after kickoff, the team outshot the Rowdies 21-7. In the 72nd minute, the speedy Picault anticipated a rebound after an effort from Martin Nuñez struck the bar. He was first to the ball and got his reward with a full volley into the back of the net for the game-winning goal.
Wednesday night’s opponents, Indy Eleven are coming off a 4-2 loss against the Atlanta Silverbacks at Carroll Stadium. Indy failed t win a game in the Spring season, allowing a league worst 20 goals in 9 matches, but have turned it around, winning two of their four games in the fall.
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.
Coach Kronsteiner- “This is going to be a rough road trip, with two games in four days, but we just came off two great results at home. Now we need to continue to play on the road in the same way we played at home, playing mistake free futbol, and finish some of our chances, and we should be able to get some results.”
Series history (W-T-L)
All-time (1 meeting): 1-0-0 (3 GF/2 GA; +1 GD)
This is their first meeting in Indianapolis
Injured: Chris Nurse, Pecka (both missed last four matches), Stefan Antonijevic (doubtful, missed last two matches), Justin Chavez (missed last match), Stephane Guillaume (not match fit)
2014 Stat leaders
Goals: Fafà Picault (5)
Assists: Iván Guerrero (3)
The Strikers will then travel north of the border to face Ottawa Fury FC at the brand-new TD Stadium on Saturday, August 9. Fans can catch the action on NASLLive.com with a paid subscription. Fans can also follow the team's trip on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @FTLStrikers. The Strikers next home match is on Saturday August 16th against the Atlanta Silverbacks at 7:30 pm at Lockhart Stadium.