St Petersburg FL (August 22, 2013) - FC Edmonton have been preparing all week to face the 2012 NASL Champion Tampa Bay Rowdies on their home turf Saturday August 24, 2013 (5:30pm MT KO).
Only a point separates the two sides this early in the season as FC Edmonton sits on a 1-1-1 (W-T-L) record and the Rowdies have yet to see defeat this season being 1-2-0. A win for FC Edmonton would see them jump to the top of the table, on pace with the high flying Carolina RailHawks - the lone team that has seven points.
If Eddie fans thought last week’s keeping performance by Atlanta’s Joe Nasco was outstanding, this week FC Edmonton will face a harder test against Rowdies’ Diego Restrepo. His performance the last two weeks has earned him a spot as the lone goalkeeper in the NASL Team of the Week - first for a 12 save game vs the New York Cosmos and then another outstanding match to keep Tampa Bay with a point last week against Minnesota United FC.
FC Edmonton are keen to find a way passed Restrepo, none more keen than midfielder Chris Nurse. Like Restrepo, Nurse has been featured in the NASL Team of the Week for the last two weeks after a head-turning performance against the San Antonio Scorpions in the FCE Fall Home Opener and then the game tying goal most recently against the Atlanta Silverbacks.
With precious away points on the line, FC Edmonton will not be sitting back hoping for the draw away from home.
“We are not afraid of any team in the league,” said FCE Head Coach Colin Miller when asked about the Rowdies challenge. “The lads work hard in every training session and in every game. We’ve had results against every team in the league and we look forward to taking on Tampa Bay this weekend.”
FC Edmonton fans can watch the match live at www.fcedmonton.com or join fellow Eddie fans at the Pint off Whyte for the official away game viewing party.
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