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FC Tampa Bay vs. Carolina RailHawks NASL preview

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FC Tampa Bay at Carolina

Records: Tampa Bay 3-4-4, 13 points; Carolina 9-1-1, 28 points

When/where: 7; WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.

Live streaming: Online at fctampabay.com

Previous meetings: NASL leader Carolina has beaten Tampa Bay twice this season by a combined 5-2. The RailHawks scored twice in the second half to win 3-1 May 7 at Al Lang Field and returned to St. Petersburg two weeks ago to win 2-1, their first goal coming after a controversial PK call.

Last time out: Led by two goals by F Mike Ambersley, Tampa Bay beat Atlanta 3-2 on Sunday. … Carolina extended its unbeaten streak to a club-record 10 games with a 1-0 win over Edmonton.

News of the week: Tampa Bay announced it will play its first international friendly July 14 against Bolton of the English Premier League. … Ambersley was named NASL offensive player of the week, the first Tampa Bay player so honored.

Skinny: This is Tampa Bay's 12th game but just its fourth on the road. The club is 0-1-2 away from Al Lang Field. … D JP Rodrigues (knee) is out. M Chad Burt (foot) and M Takuya Yamada (groin) are questionable. … D Omar Jarun will miss this game while playing with the Palestinian national team. … Ambersley leads the team with five goals. No other player has more than one. … The Railhawks lead the NASL by nine points over second-place Edmonton. Tampa Bay is in sixth in the eight-team league, one point out of fourth. It is 3-0-2 against teams beneath it in the standings but winless (0-4-2) against teams above it. … Railhawks M Nick Zimmerman is a Tampa native and a 2005 Wharton High graduate.

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

FC Tampa Bay vs. Carolina RailHawks NASL preview 06/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 17, 2011 8:07pm]
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