The StrikersÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ four game road trip will come to an end on Wednesday, and they will return to action at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday May 14th at 7:30 P.M. against instate rival FC Tampa Bay.
About the Strikers
Fort Lauderdale is coming off an away draw against Minnesota on Saturday where they dominated most of the match. The Strikers were the first to break the deadlock when Martin Nunez was taken down in the box resulting in a penalty. Eduardo Chacho Coudet stepped up and calmly scored his fourth consecutive penalty kick of the season giving the Strikers the lead. The Strikers would keep the lead all the way up until the 89th minute when Stars forward Simone Bracalello scored a free kick from 30 yards out to level the match. The Strikers are currently 1-3-1.
About the RailHawks
Carolina defeated the StrikersÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ instate rivals, FC Tampa Bay, this past Saturday 3-1 at Al Lang Stadium in Tampa, FL. RailHawks forward Etienne Barbara scored two goals, breaking the clubÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s scoring record, with Brian Farber providing the third. Barbara has scored six goals this season and is leading the NASL in points with 13. Carolina is now tied for first with the Puerto Rico Islanders at 10 points,ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â only trailing in goal differential. The RailHawks are currently 3-1-1.
Several players on the StrikersÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ roster have connections with the RailHawks and the state of North Carolina. Forward Martin Nunez is returning to the team where he began his career. Nunez played the 2008 season for the RailHawks making 28 appearances and scoring five goals. Another Strikers player with North Carolina ties is midfielder Brian Shriver. Shriver played for UNC Chapel Hill and the Cary RailHawks U-23 squad. Goalkeeper Nic Platter also played for Carolina last season appearing in 10 games for the RailHawks.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Coudet on Fire
Eduardo Chacho Coudet has made a smooth transition from his time with the Philadelphia Union of MLS to the style of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Coudet has started every match this season and hasÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â scored in each of the teamÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s last four matches.
All four of CoudetÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s goals have come from the penalty spot and have been either game tying or game winning goals. He is currently tied for second in scoring for the league and will be looking to add to his total on Wednesday May 11th at 7:00 P.M. against Carolina.
ABOUT THE FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (formerly Miami FC), South Florida's only professional soccer team, are currently in their sixth season. Beginning with the 2011 season, the Strikers will play in the newly formed North American Soccer League [NASL].ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The team is owned by Traffic Sports USA, the North American subsidiary of The Traffic Group, the leading soccer event management company in the Americas, with headquarters in Brazil, and offices in the U.S. and Europe. The organization is committed to the advancement of soccer in South Florida at the youth, amateur and professional levels.