Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Three games, three ties, two goals
April 7th, 2013 6:18PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  nasl

MOST COMMENTED

[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.

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

NASL Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-
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

NASL, WEEK 2 SCHEDULE
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



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Trade Central: Friday's deals    
After two disastrous years in England, Brek Shea is back in MLS, signing with expansion club ...
MLS lines up exciting tripleheader for first Sunday    
MLS will open its 2015 season on March 6 when the defending champion LA Galaxy hosts ...
Video Pick: Alex Meier on Fire     
The leading scorer in the Europe's highest scoring league is a player you may not have ...
What They're Saying: Chris Wondolowski    
"I'm not over it. I'm not sure I'll ever get over it. [Pause] I actually think ...
U.S. U-20s win at San Pedro Sula    
San Pedro Sula is no easy place to play as the USA (2-1 loser in the ...
Press and Lloyd combine for all seven in U.S. win    
After a tie and loss in its first two games at the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia, ...
What They're Saying: Juergen Klopp    
"He took a wrong turn at some point. But everything is back to normal now. He ...
TV Report: MLS expansion teams ink local deals    
As expected, New York City FC has entered into a multi-year agreement with YES Network, while ...
Timbers land Wake's Vidovich to run T2    
The Portland Timbers, who dipped into the college ranks to get head coach Caleb Porter, have ...
Veterans in demand as Re-Entry Draft concludes    
Stage 2 of the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft offered up fair doses of everything, as did ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives