Minnesota aims for repeat of 2011 run

[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

  Carolina Ft. Lauderdale
2012 Record 10-8-10 9-10-9
Season Series 0-2-2 2-0-2
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

  Puerto Rico Minnesota
2012 Record 11-9-8 8-9-11
Season Series 2-2-0 2-2-0
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)
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