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Playing a man down in the second half, Miami FC fought its way to a 1-1 draw against the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies in the first ever meeting between the two teams in the Coastal Cup, a physical match that marked the new era for a classic rivalry.
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 lost by a final of 3-1 against the second-place Puerto Rico Islanders, 8-5-4 (W-T-L), dropping their record to 3-9-5 (W-T-L) on the season. The Strikers took the lead on an own-goal by the Islanders, but gave up three unanswered goals in the loss. The Strikers return home to Lockhart Stadium to face FC Edmonton on Saturday, July 30, at 7:30p.m.“We got up a goal and had chances to make it 2-0 and didn’t,” said Strikers Head Coach Daryl Shore. “We had to make two early subs that I think hurt us. The late goal deflated us, but we can’t make excuses.”
The NASL has named Fort Lauderdale Strikers forward Brian Shriver Offensive Player of the Week. Shriver scored two goals in the Strikers 3-0 win against FC Edmonton on Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium.“Brian had a very good week of training and the game was a reward for that,” said Head Coach Daryl Shore. “His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball when he was in good spots and he took his chances well. He deserved this honor this past week.”
Forward David Santamaria scored late to give the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (6-10-5, 28 points) a hard fought draw on the road against FC Edmonton (7-5-9, 26 points) at Foote Field on Sunday, August 14. The Strikers move up to a tie for fourth place in the NASL with the NSC Minnesota Stars, three points behind FC Tampa Bay for third.“We are happy with the point,” said head coach Daryl Shore. “We didn't play our best soccer and the field was tough, that being said the guys battled for the result.”FC Edmonton took the lead in the 29th minute when midfielder Chris Lemire took a corner kick and defender Paul Hamilton connected with a strong header directed past Strikers goalkeeper Matt Glaeser. The teams traded opportunities, but the first half ended 1-0 in favor of FC Edmonton.