After failing to earn a result despite taking an early lead on the road in Cary, N.C., Saturday night, Fort Lauderdale (0-1-2, 1 point) returns to South Florida for two consecutive home games at historic Lockhart Stadium starting this Saturday night against the rival Tampa Bay Rowdies (1-1-1, 4 points). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. as the Strikers look for a victory to draw even on points with the defending champion Rowdies.
The Strikers fell 3-1 to the Carolina RailHawks late Saturday night, leaving Fort Lauderdale tied with San Antonio and Edmonton who each have one point in the NASL standings. Strikers’ winger Jemal Johnson scored the game’s opening goal in just the 11th minute of action, but it wouldn’t stand up as the RailHawks recorded three goals to maintain their unbeaten record against the Strikers at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Fort Lauderdale opened the 2013 season with a 1-1 draw against FC Edmonton in front of 5,201 fans in their last match at historic Lockhart Stadium. Midfielder David Foley, making his first start for the Strikers, scored the tying goal in the 73rd minute of the match to earn the result for Fort Lauderdale.
Fort Lauderdale is 1-4-7 all-time against Tampa Bay, with the Strikers recording one win and one loss at Lockhart Stadium in 2012. The Rowdies are coached by Ricky Hill with Luke Mulholland leading the team in scoring with two goals and two assists on the season. Their win coming against San Antonio on April 13, beating the Scorpions 2-0 on the night they opened Toyota Field.
The Strikers then continue their homestand on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. against Minnesota United FC.
FTL went 1W-0T-3L against TBR in 2012
FTL is 1W-4T-7L all-time against TBR
FTL’s first open date will be the weekend of May 4
Last meeting: Sept. 1, 2012 FTL 0 – 3 TBR
The Strikers return to historic Lockhart Stadium on May 11 for a match against Minnesota United FC. For all game information and times of matches, visit Strikers.com. Follow the Strikers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.