Oye! Sports Soccer
- Category: Soccer
- Published on Saturday, 11 August 2012 16:21
- Written by Andreas Morse
On paper, the Puerto Rico Islanders should have no problems beating FC Edmonton. Good thing for the Eddies the game is played on the pitch.
On Sunday afternoon the Islanders are visiting Clarke Stadium (K.O. 2 p.m.) for another huge game when it comes to FC Edmonton and the playoff chase. The two teams are separated by 16 points in the NASL standings but the previous three games they’ve played against each other this season have all ended in draws.
“A draw won’t do for us on Sunday, we need all three points,” said FCE defender Paul Hamilton, who could be available for the game after serving a one-match suspension for a red card against Minnesota.
“We’ve played every team - especially the Islanders - very close all year, now it’s time to turn the draws and one-goal losses into wins.”
FCE winger Kyle Porter is the only Eddie to have beaten Islanders’ ‘keeper Richard Martin this season, that goal came in a 1-1 draw on July 7 in Bayamon.
Martin is having a stellar season in goal, with 75 saves (tied for 3rd) and 1 GAA (tied for 2nd with FCE ‘keeper John Smits).
The Eddies are on a two-game unbeaten streak on this three-game home stand with draws against 2011 NASL champs Minnesota Stars FC and current league leaders San Antonio Scorpions.
Puerto Rico is coming into the game on a two-game win streak with one-goal victories against the same two teams the Eddies drew.
The Islanders are in second place in the league, just two points behind the Scorpions. The Eddies are in seventh, seven points behind the sixth place Carolina RailHawks.