A penalty kick goal by Carlos Salazar in the 68th minute was enough to give the Fort Lauderdale Strikers their first road victory of the 2013 NASL Spring Season with a 1-0 triumph over host FC Edmonton on Sunday.
"We are obviously very pleased with the result,” said Strikers coach Daryl Shore. “To come on this long journey and take all three points speaks volumes about our team. I thought the result was very fair the way our guys played today.”
It was the visiting Strikers who came out the stronger side however and put FC Edmonton under pressure early. Goalkeeper Lance Parker was forced into making two big saves from close range within the first 15 minutes.
In the 19th minute, the Eddies’ stingy backline lost an important piece when Carlyle Mitchell went down in the box with no one around him. The Trinidad & Tobago international was forced into an early substitution and Adrian LeRoy came on to replace him at centre-back.
In the 26th minute, the game changed when Parker was given a straight red card by the referee after taking down Stefan Dimitrov in the penalty box.
Eddies’ Back-up keeper John Smits came in to replace Parker in goal and his first action of the season was to face Dimitrov’s penalty in which Smits guessed wrong but was still able to make the save with his trailing leg to keep his 10-men squad even at 0-0.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net however and the score remained 0-0 at halftime.
It was Dimitrov once again in the 65th who got the first good chance of the second half. After receiving a pass in front of goal, he let a shot go and Smits came up with another save. Just minutes later, Shaun Saiko had a clear shot but pulled it just wide of the near post.
In the 68th minute, Albert Watson, left a leg in and took down the Strikers attacker in the box. The visitors were awarded their second penalty of the match and this time Salazar was able to beat Smits.
The Eddies had one last chance to tie it up in the 85th minute when Daryl Fordyce set up Eddie Edward for a shot but the defender couldn’t keep the ball down and it sailed over the net.
The loss was also the first suffered by the Eddies at Clarke Stadium this season as they also missed out on a chance to go level with three teams on points in second place behind league leaders Atlanta Silverbacks. Meanwhile, the Strikers move into just four points from chasing the pack at the NASL standings.
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