[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
|Last Five Games||1-3-1||1-2-2|
|Goals Leader||Nick Zimmerman (15)||Mark Anderson (11)|
|Assists Leader||Mike 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
|Last Five Games||1-2-2||1-1-3|
|Goals Leader||Nicholas Addlery (9)||Amani Walker (7)|
|Assists Leader||Jonathan Fana (5)||Amani Walker (5)|