The Fort Lauderdale Strikers claimed their first win of the season and rocked league leaders Minnesota United, knocking them off the top of the NASL standings in the process with a 2-1 win at Lockhart Stadium.
The Strikers climbed off the foot of the table themselves as two goals in the opening quarter of an hour provided decisive despite a nervous ending as ten-man Fort Lauderdale fought off a spirited United comeback attempt.
“We fought hard and we knew they were going to come at us and they threw numbers at us but you’ve got to give our whole team credit,” said Strikers coach Daryl Shore. “They dug in and this shows we’re capable of doing good things.”
Fort Lauderdale led 2-0 at before play was suspended for 64 minutes due to rain and lightning.
Mark Anderson’s second minute shot crept in off the inside of the far post and then after 14 minutes David Foley pounced on a defensive lapse and doubled the previous winless Strikers’ advantage before the storm closed in.
“We’ve got to do better. It’s not good enough to compete in this league,” said United FC coach Manny Lagos after seeing his side lose. “We had our chances but just couldn’t finish. We didn’t start well. We have to get back at it, and can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”
Shore made several changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Tampa Bay Rowdies on April 27 as on-loan Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Jeff Attinella replaced the injured Cody Laurendi, while Scott Gordon and Walter Restrepo returned to the starting lineup.
The Strikers were reduced to ten men after 57 minutes when Stephane Guillaume saw red for picking up a second yellow card and the visitors saw their opportunity to strike and produced periods of pressure in the final third of the game.
Pablo Campos scored his first goal since joining Minnesota this season, the 2012 MVP connecting with a far post header in the 69th minute to pull United back into the game. But the equalizing goal proved elusive and the Strikers held on to win.
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