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Minnesota aims for repeat of 2011 run
September 27th, 2012 8:52PM
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[TALE OF THE TAPE: NASL Playoffs]The 2012 playoffs begin with the single-game quarterfinals this weekend when the Carolina RailHawks host the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday and the Puerto Rico Islanders welcome the defending champion Minnesota Stars on Sunday. For a look at the matchups ...

The RailHawks, the 2011 regular-season champions, went winless in their first nine games to open the 2012 season but are 10-4-5 since then. The Strikers tied Carolina 3-3 twice at WakeMed Soccer Park and won 1-0 and 2-1 at home against the RailHawks.

Saturday: Carolina-Ft. Lauderdale, 7 pm ET

 CarolinaFt. Lauderdale
2012 Record10-8-109-10-9
Season Series0-2-22-0-2
Last Five Games1-3-11-2-2
Goals LeaderNick Zimmerman (15)Mark Anderson (11)
Assists LeaderMike Palacio (6)Walter Restrepo (8)


Minnesota begins in the same position -- at the bottom seed -- as it did last season when it won the NASL title. The Islanders are coming off a Concacaf Champions League match against Isidro Metapan on Thursday.

Sunday: Puerto Rico, 6 pm ET

 Puerto RicoMinnesota
2012 Record11-9-88-9-11
Season Series2-2-02-2-0
Last Five Games1-2-21-1-3
Goals LeaderNicholas Addlery (9)Amani Walker (7)
Assists LeaderJonathan Fana (5)Amani Walker (5)


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