FC Edmonton lead the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 at halftime thanks to goals from Daryl Fordyce and Robert Garrett and the grounds crew that cleared all the snow off the field on a cold day at Clarke Stadium.
“Its probably the best we’ve played all season and again largely based on the pressure we’re consistently putting on Tampa Bay, which is exactly what we worked on in training,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller.
“We’re playing against last year’s champions who are in second place this year, so we know there is no room for complacency in the second half.
John Smits was a last minute addition to the Eddies’ line up after regular starting keeper Lance Parker suffered an injury in warm ups.
Smits made his first save, albeit an easy one, in the 16thminute as both teams took their time getting warm and into the game.
Edmonton’s first best chance came in the 23rdminute when Garrett found the ball at his feet but the midfielder’s shot was saved by Diego Restrepo in the Tampa net.
In the 26thminute, defender Eddie Edward hit the post and the rebound came out to Corey Hertzog but Restrepo made a point blank save to keep it even at 0-0.
In the 35thminute, the deadlock was broken. Edward’s shot was saved by Restrepo, but the rebound fell to Daryl Fordyce who squeezed it by the keeper to make it 1-0.
Edmonton doubled the lead a minute later.
Sadi Jalali was composed on the ball and passed it over to Garrett in space and the midfielder made no mistake slotting the shot home to make it 2-0.
Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said: “I was happy with the way we started without really looking like we were going to score any goals. Then like a switch on a light things started to change and Edmonton exploited some of our weaknesses.
“We have to eliminate silly mistakes and cheap turnovers but most importantly we have to commit ourselves to the next 45 minutes get the next goal and see what happens from there.”
|Strikers Pick Up Options For Darnell King, Aly Alberto Hassan|
|FC Edmonton-Ottawa Fury Match-up Opens 2014 Canadian Championship|
|Minnesota United Re-Signs Jamaican International Omar Daley|
|Strikers Bring Back Gonzalez, De Mujica For 2014 NASL Season|
|Throwback Thursday - Pre-NASL: Los Angeles Defeats Washington For 1967 United Soccer Association Crown|
|RailHawks Exercises Options On Contracts Of Seven Players|
|Nassau County Celebrates Cosmos Soccer Bowl Success|
|FC Edmonton Adds Goalkeeper Farago To 2014 NASL Roster|
|Four Cosmos Players Sign Contract Extensions Through 2014 NASL Season|
|Scorpions Re-Sign Defender Janicki For 2014 NASL Season|
|New York Cosmos||14||9||4||1||10||31|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||14||5||5||4||3||20|
|Minnesota United FC||14||6||2||6||2||20|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||14||5||3||6||-2||18|
|San Antonio Scorpions||14||3||1||10||-9||10|
|San Antonio Scorpions||12||6||2||4||4||20|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||12||5||3||4||5||18|
|Minnesota United FC||12||4||2||6||-5||14|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||12||2||2||8||-14||8|