The first match-up in 18 years between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and FC Tampa Bay finished 1 - 1 in a game that came down to the final minutes. A goal from Eduardo Coudet in stoppage time equalized for the Strikers while a crowd of 5,848 celebrated in wet conditions. The tie extends the Strikers unbeaten streak to seven games.
"We were just missing the final pass on a couple of chances," said head coach Daryl Shore. "We were the aggressor tonight and it's frustrating. Soccer is funny because you can have a team on their heels and one chance, and you go down 1 - 0."
The first half saw the Strikers attack and press forward numerous times. Unfortunately, they were unable to come away with any goals. Starting as early as the 6th minute, the Strikers were taking shots to test the NASL's saves leader, Tampa Bay goalkeeper Jeff Attinella. Paulinho Le Petit was in on the action many times during the game. After receiving a ball from midfielder Lennon Celestino, Le Petit took a couple touches to fire the ball on goal, but it sailed just wide.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers' forward Martin Nunez picked a great time to score his second goal of the season, and it came against his former club, the Puerto Rico Islanders. The Strikers and the Islanders played to a 1 - 1 draw in front of a crowd of 3,628 tonight, Saturday June 25, at Lockhart Stadium.
"We're fortunate to salvage a point out of this," said head coach Daryl Shore, "we've said time and time again that we're a team that won't quit and that we won't give up. We're pleased how we pushed and earned the point."
The first half was full of potential for both squads, but both came out empty handed. In the 17th minute, the crowd saw midfielder Brian Shriver send Paulinho Le Petit through with a lead pass. Le Petit took one touch to control it and fired it just wide. The Strikers saw a lot of chances drift wide on them, as did the Islanders.
For the third year in a row, the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) has invited the celebrated Dutch Coach Roy Wilhelm and his staff of four Dutch Soccer School coaches to the Cayman Islands, to conduct a training camp from August 8-12 with our talented Caymanian youths at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
The registration fee remains at $150 and includes a kit, a ball and refreshments, as well as access to the head Coach Wilhelm and his staff which consists of Sander Verhoeven, Carsten Ditchfield, Sietze Warniers and, Jelle Goudswaard.
The NASL has named Fort Lauderdale Strikers goalkeeper Matt Glaeser Defensive Player of the Week. Glaeser made five saves on his way to holding the Puerto Rico Islanders offense to one goal and securing a point for the Strikers on Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium.
"This honor is a show of the form Matt has been in over the last few weeks. He has been a consistent factor in our current six game unbeaten streak, and if he keeps performing at this level we will continue to create opportunities to move this team forward," said Head Coach Daryl Shore.