The Puerto Rico Islanders traveled to south Florida for the first time this season to face the newly rebranded Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday night. The Strikers, previously known as Miami FC, pay homage to the Fort Lauderdale team that participated in the original North American Soccer League from 1977 to 1983.
These two teams met slightly more than a month ago in Bayamon for a match that ended in a 2-2 tie. The Strikers are currently in 6th place in the NASL standings with 8 points in 8 matches while the Islanders find themselves in 4th place with 11 points in 7 matches.
The Strikers have struggled so far this season, having secured only 1 win during league play. For the last 4 games, the Fort Lauderdale team has registered 3 ties and 1 loss. On the other hand, after starting the season with 3 straight wins, the Islanders have only managed to win 2 points in their last 4 league matches (2 ties and 2 losses).
Both teams are hungry to score and to get the 3 points that accompany a win. Fort Lauderdale will look to make the most of their home advantage while the Islanders attempt to transfer some of their Caribbean success into the NASL. Having registered 2 shutouts in their last 2 matches, Fort Lauderdale will present a challenging defense for the Tropa Naranja. Colin Clarke will undoubtedly be looking towards the Islanders offense that did so well during first few weeks of the season as well as during Caribbean play.
"We need these three points to keep moving up in the NASL standings. We must come out strong tonight to get the win", said Islanders' forward Jonathan Faña.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30pm at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium. The game will be streamed LIVE on www.prislandersfc.com/live.