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Race teams converged on Sarasota, Florida last weekend for an exciting day of offshore racing with local teams, Team Velocity (P4) and Team Hawaiian Tropic (P2), taking first place in their respective classes. Miss GEICO Offshore racing, the fastest boat on the course, took top honors during the 27th running of the Suncoast Offshore Super Boat Grand Prix Festival.
 
The top 40 teams in offshore racing participated in one of the highly anticipated events of the year for the Super Boat International racing season. The weeklong event culminated on Sunday with the best boats in the world competing just off Lido Beach. This year tens of thousands of fans watched and cheered as their favorite teams competed and, as local teams roared to first place finishes. For the past 27 years, the Suncoast Foundation has raised funds and built buildings to help local kids and families and this year’s Suncoast Grand Prix event proved to be one of the best attended seasons ever.

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (3-8-3) had their seven game unbeaten streak snapped by FC Tampa Bay (4-5-5) with a 4-2 loss at Al Lang Stadium on July 4. After an evenly played first half, FC Tampa Bay scored three second half goals against the NASL leader in goals against average (GAA) Matt Glaeser. The player of the game for FC Tampa Bay was Pascal Millien with a goal and two assists in a game which saw a total of six goals scored. The win puts FC Tampa Bay in a tie with the Strikers for fifth place in the NASL standings.

“We got the (first) goal back and got into halftime,” said head coach Daryl Shore. “To win a game you have to earn it and we gave the game away by allowing four goals.”

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers and sponsors, Altman Companies, Hooters, and the Hard Rock Cafe, have joined together to present the "Show Your Stripes" Contest. Taking place at the Strikers next home game against the Atlanta Silverbacks on July 9 at Lockhart Stadium, fans who come to the game dressed in a Strikers costume, wearing face or body paint, or showing their team colors in a group will be eligible for the contest. Fans can enter the contest by registering at the Strikers tailgating area, next to the Argus Kids Zone, before the game or at the Strikers sales tent at section 117 of Lockhart Stadium after the gates open.

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.

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