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Three games, three ties, two goals
April 7th, 2013 6:18PM
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[NASL] The North American Soccer League opened its 2013 season with three games, which averaged almost 5,400 fans. But all three ended in ties, and only the Ft. Lauderdale-FC Edmonton game, which ended in a 1-1 tie, produced any goals.

The most intriguing matchup was the Minnesota-San Antonio game, which drew 6,754 fans at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome -- down almost 2,000 fans from the 2012 season opener indoors. Under new ownership, Minnesota United has lured away several Scorpion stars but couldn't break down the San Antonio defense without suspended Pablo Campos.

Bosnian Edin Husic hit the crossbar with a header midway through the second half for San Antonio, and Simone Bracalello did likewise for Minnesota a few minutes later.

“The MVP of the game was the cross bar for both teams,” said Scorpions coach Tim Hankinson. “A game like tonight certainly shows what we’re capable of.”

-- A pair of newcomers had the goals in the Ft. Lauderdale-Edmonton draw. Wes Knight, who spent last season with MLS's Vancouver Whitecaps, put Edmonton ahead early in the first half, but the Strikers recovered on a goal by David Foley, who was picked up from the Puerto Rico Islanders, who are sitting out the 2013 season. The game drew 5,201 fans at Lockhart Stadium.

-- The defending champion Tampa Bay Rowdies outshot Carolina, 17-6, forcing goalie Akira Fitzgerald into seven saves, but they had to settle for a 0-0 tie before 4,232 fans at Al Lang Stadium. The Rowdies had their best scoring chance in the 79th minute when Devin Del Do’s header deflected off of the crossbar.

Saturday, April 6
Tampa Bay 0 Carolina 0
Minnesota 0 San Antonio 0
Ft. Lauderdale 1 FC Edmonton 0

NASL Standings:
1 Ft. Lauderdale 0-0-1 1/1
1 FC Edmonton 0-0-1 1/1
1 Carolina 0-0-1 0/0
1 Minnesota 0-0-1 0/0
1 San Antonio 0-0-1 0/0
1 Tampa Bay 0-0-1 0/0
0 Atlanta 0-0-0 0/0

Saturday, April 13
Carolina vs. FC Edmonton
Atlanta vs. Fort Lauderdale
San Antonio vs. Tampa Bay
Saturday, April 20
Minnesota United vs. FC Edmonton
Carolina vs. Fort Lauderdale
Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta
Saturday, April 27
Atlanta vs. Minnesota United
Fort Lauderdale vs. Tampa Bay
FC Edmonton vs. San Antonio

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