Edmonton hopes to make it two in a Row at Home
FC Edmonton will have a chance to move back into second place in the NASL standings tonight when they take on FC Tampa Bay at Foote Field (kick off 7:30 p.m./www.fcedmonton.com).
The last time these two teams met in Florida, captain Chris Kooy scored in stoppage time to earn a draw at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg on May 11.
FC Edmonton is coming off a 2-1 victory against the NSC Minnesota Stars at Foote on May 23, their first home win of the 2011 NASL season. Kyle Porter scored both goals for Edmonton, giving him three goals in four games to lead the team in that department.
FC Tampa Bay’s last game was against the same Stars squad in Minnesota on Saturday. The game ended in a 0-0 draw, which gives Tampa 10 points, three back of FC Edmonton and good enough for fifth in the league.
FCTB has now posted four clean sheets in its first eight matches, already equaling its season total from last season of four shutouts in 30 matches.
“We are hoping to get all three points if we possibly can at Edmonton,” said FCTB Head Coach Ricky Hill. “We have to evaluate the injuries for Tuesday night but the team will be ready to go.”
· Kyle Porter leads Edmonton with three goals while Shaun Saiko and Paul Craig lead the team in assists with two each.
· FC Edmonton is in third in the league but have two games in hand over both Carolina and Minnesota who are ahead of them.
· FC Tampa Bay leads the league with just seven goals allowed thus far in 2011.