[AWARDS]Carolina goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald was named the NASL Player of the Week for his play in the RailHawks' 1-0 win over the defending champion New York Cosmos. For the NASL Team of the Week.
One of the key saves for the Wake Forest product out of Baltimore came in the 77th minute when Norwegian forward Mads Stokkelien had an open chance in front of goal to tie the game, but Fitzgerald robbed him with a point-blank save to preserve the 1-0 win.
"He has come up big for us in big moments before and Saturday night was no exception," said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke. "His leadership of the defense and the entire team for those last 20 minutes allowed us to keep the shutout and to extend our home unbeaten match to 18."
Team of the Week:
Akira Fitzgerald, Carolina –Made five crucial saves in the shutout victory over Cosmos
Tiago Calvano, Minn. United –Brazilian was solid on United’s backline
Ivan Guerrero, Fort Lauderdale – Honduran controlled the game defensively
Mike Randolph, Atlanta – Was key factor on the defense for the Silverbacks
Shane Hill, Tampa –English native scored the only goal of the match in Rowdies first win of season
Daniel Mendes, Minn. United – Brazilian notched a goal and added an assist in the victory over Indy Eleven
Fafa Picault, Fort Lauderdale –Had a goal and an assist for the Strikers
Ty Shipalane, Carolina –South African scored the gamewinner against the Cosmos
Daryl Fordyce, FC Edmonton – Northern Ireland-born had the only goal for Eddies off a quick back-heel
Deon McCauley, Atlanta –Belize native tallied his second consecutive goal in as many games for Silverbacks
Christian Ramirez, Minn. United – Scored his third goal of the season for United