The battle for the top of the table, an unbeaten streak being put on the line again and the continued defense of a proud home record are among the broadcast highlights as the North American Soccer League kicks off Week 9 of the 2013 Fall Season.
Sunday sees the second-placed unbeaten Tampa Bay Rowdies travel to Hofstra University to take on the table-topping New York Cosmos in a 5pm ET game that airs line on SNY TV and www.OneWorldSports.com/watch. Prior registration is required before accessing the live One World Sports stream, or viewers can tune in live to SNY, the national network partner of the Cosmos. The game is not available through Ustream.
“We know how strong they are at home, but we also know how well we have played on the road,” said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill. “It will be an important match that could place us at the top of the table and I’ve expressed to the players that we must go out and stay concentrated the full 90 minutes.”
Saturday’s games from Minnesota, Carolina and Atlanta can be seen via a live stream at www.NASL.com and on iOS and Android devices by downloading the Ustream App.
An afternoon kickoff sees Minnesota United FC take on the San Antonio Scorpions at 3.30pm ET on Saturday in a clash that has become an intense north versus south rivalry, and will be shown on NASL.com/Live. When the two sides met in Texas last month, former Scorpions forward Pablo Campos scored twice for United FC and was sent off as defender Connor Tobin stole a late winner to earn visiting Minnesota a 3-2 win.
“Minnesota is a talented team and has a lot of good attacking players in their side,” said Scorpions interim coach Alen Marcina. “We need to go up there and impose our game to get three points this weekend.”
Tradition suggests to expect goals at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7pm ET on Saturday where the Carolina RailHawks and opponents Fort Lauderdale Strikers have scored a staggering 54 goals over the course of 11 matches. Only two of those meetings have seen less than five goals scored between the seven-year rivals, with the RailHawks scoring 37 times, while recording a won eight, drew two and lost one record against the Strikers at home. The game will be live at www.NASL.com/Live and on radio on 99.9 HD-3 The Ticket.
“Saturday is going to be another important match,” said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke, whose side has not lost a competitive game at WakeMed Soccer Park in 2013. “Grabbing three points from each match becomes more critical with each passing week. Fort Lauderdale is a good team and they will come ready to play and we need to make sure that we are ready to play.”
The Atlanta Silverbacks host FC Edmonton in a game shown live on NASL.com that will also air in Spanish language on WUVM-TV Azteca Atlanta on Sunday at 10.30am ET.
Between them, the rivals have drawn a total of nine games this season, but will both be eager to secure three points as the race to win the Fall Season title intensifies.
“When we get our chances, we need to take them and that will be the key,” said Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s a new start to our season. We’ve lost a game, and now we come home and need to take care of our home field advantage and put in a good performance for the home fans.”
FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller added: “Silverbacks Park is one of the tougher venues to play at in the league. We'll have to defend as well as we can against them. Last time we played very well against Atlanta and we're looking for a positive reaction to the loss against a fine Minnesota team last week.”
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