Brazilian forward Pablo Campos scored twice and assisted on the third goal of the game to lead Minnesota United FC to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers among the international player highlights this past weekend during NASL Week 13 action.
Campos, who played with the San Antonio Scorpions in 2012 and was the league’s top scorer prior to coming to Minnesota, currently leads all United players with 11 goals this season. That puts him third in the race for this year’s NASL Golden Boot, just one behind forwards Hans Denissen of Scorpions and Georgi Hristov of Tampa Bay Rowdies and two shy of leader Brian Shriver of the Carolina RailHawks.
Eleven of the 14 goals scored during this past weekend’s encounters came from NASL international stars as Colombian midfielder Carlos Salazar had the only goal for the Strikers in the loss to United on Saturday. Jamaican forward Nicholas Addlery and Uganda native defender Henry Kalungi each added a strike to help the host Carolina RailHawks to a 4-0 win over the Spring Season winner Atlanta Silverbacks.
Crucially on Saturday, goals by Bulgarian forward Stefan Dimitrov and Spanish midfielder Marcos Senna gave the visiting New York Cosmos a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Scorpions which saw them capture the Fall Season title and a berth at NASL Soccer Bowl 2013. Polish forward Tomasz Zahorski had given the Scorpions the lead early on with his ninth tally of the season.
On Sunday, Northern Ireland native forward Daryl Fordyce and English midfielder Robert Garrett scored for FC Edmonton in a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Rowdies. English midfielder Luke Mulholland notched his tenth goal of the season in the loss for Tampa Bay.
Every Monday throughout the 2013 Fall Season, the North American Soccer League (NASL) will put its international stars - both coaches & players – under the ‘NASL International Spotlight’ focusing on the league’s overseas connections.
International Players/Coaches in 2013 North American Soccer League Fall Season Week 13
Saturday, October 26
Minnesota United FC 3 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 at NSC Stadium
Midfielders – Kentaro Takada (Japan) played the entire game, while Omar Daley (Jamaica) was a minute shy of the full 90 before being subbed out. Lucas Rodriguez (Argentina) assisted on the club’s first goal before being replaced in the 84th minute
Forward – Pablo Campos (Brazil) scored twice and assisted on the team’s third goal, while earning another 90 under his belt.
Goalkeeper – Richard Sanchez (Mexico) played the entire match.
Defenders – Rafael Alves (Brazil) saw action during the full 90, while Ivan Guerrero (Honduras) played 78 minutes before being substituted by Gonzalo De Mujica (Argentina).
Midfielders – Carlos Salazar (Colombia) scored the only goal for the club during the whole game, while Martin Nunez (Uruguay) and Pecka (Brazil) both also earned a full 90 on the field.
Forwards – Paulo Junior (Brazil) and Yaikel Pérez (Cuba) saw action the entire game.
Carolina RailHawks 4 Atlanta Silverbacks 0 at WakeMed Soccer Park
Defender – Henry Kalungi (Uganda) scored the team’s first goal while playing the entire match.
Midfielders – Enzo Martinez (Uruguay) earned a full 90 and assisted on the club’s second goal, while Nick Millington (Guyana) came in off the bench in the 27th minute.
Forward – Nicholas Addlery (Jamaica) notched the team’s third goal before being substituted by Jake Beckford (Costa Rica) in 79th minute.
Coach – Colin Clarke (Northern Ireland) earned his second consecutive victory and is unbeaten at home in their last 15 overall games.
Defender – Martyn Lancaster (England) earned another full 90 under his belt.
Midfielders – Danny Barrera (Colombia) and Richard Menjivar (El Salvador) both played the entire match, while Horace James (Jamaica) saw action in 64 minutes before being substituted by Alex Caceres (Colombia).
Forwards – Ruben Luna (Mexico) and Pedro Mendes (Brazil) also played the whole game.
San Antonio Scorpions 1 New York Cosmos 2 at Toyota Field
Defender – Luka Vucko (Croatia) played the entire game.
Midfielders – Stephen DeRoux (Jamaica) and Javier Saavedra (Mexico) also earned a full 90 on the field, while Edin Husic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) saw action in 62 minutes before being subbed out. Walter Ramirez (Honduras) came in off the bench in the 68th minute.
Forwards – Tomasz Zahorski (Poland) scored the team’s only tally during his full 90 on the field, while Borja Rubiato (Spain) also played the complete game. Esteban Bayona (Colombia) came off the bench to play the last 12 minutes of the match.
Defender – Rovérsio (Brazil) played another full 90.
Midfielders – Ayoze (Spain) and Paulo Mendes (Brazil) both saw action the entire match, while Marcos Senna (Spain) scored the team’s first tally before being subbed out in the 69th minute. Joseph Nane (Cameroon) played the first half before being replaced by Sebástian Guenzatti (Uruguay) at the start of the second stanza and assisted on the team’s first tally.
Forwards – Stefan Dimitrov (Bulgaria) scored the club’s second goal before being substituted by Alessandro Noselli (Italy) in 63rd minute. Diomar Díaz (Venezuela) assisted on the club’s second tally while on the field the whole game.
Coach – Giovanni Savarese (Venezuela) remains unbeaten in his last 10 matches and claims first NASL title.
Sunday, October 27
FC Edmonton 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 Clarke Stadium
Defenders – Lance Laing (Jamaica), David Proctor (Scotland) and Albert Watson (Northern Ireland) all earned another full 90 under their belts.
Midfielders – Robert Garrett (Northern Ireland) also played the entire match and scored the club’s second goal, while Chris Nurse (Guyana) was seconds away from a full game before being subbed out.
Forward – Daryl Fordyce (Northern Ireland) had another 90-minute performance and notched the team’s first goal.
Goalkeeper – Diego Restrepo (Venezuela) played the whole game.
Defender – Takuya Yamada (Japan) earned another full 90 under his belt.
Midfielders – Luke Mulholland (England) saw action the whole encounter and scored the team’s only goal, while Stuart Campbell (Scotland) and Carl Cort (Guyana) both were on the field the entire match.
Forward – Lucky Mkosana (Zimbabwe) saw action the entire match, while Etienne Barbara (Malta) played 73 minutes before being substituted by Evans Frimpong (Ghana).
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