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Strikers will take on the first place Carolina RailHawks this Wednesday where they will look to extend their unbeaten streak


Fort Lauderdale, FL (May 10th, 2011) -The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will travel to Carolina today for their upcoming match against the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday May 11th at 7:00 P.M. The Strikers are currently on a four match undefeated streak with three of those matches away from home. This will be the final match in the Strikers’ four game road trip that has taken them to Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Minnesota, and finally Carolina. The Strikers next home match will be on May 14th at 7:30 P.M. against FC Tampa Bay.

This is the fourth game of a four game road trip and we know Carolina is playing well and it’s going to be a tough game for us. That being said we always talk about getting points on the road and the focus for Carolina is no different. We’re going up there trying to get points, said Head Coach Daryl Shore.

The Strikers’ 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 Strikers’ 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 club’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,  only trailing in goal differential. The RailHawks are currently 3-1-1.

Carolina Connection

Several players on the Strikers’ 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.   

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 has  scored in each of the team’s last four matches.

All four of Coudet’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.


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].  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.