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Game preview: FC Tampa Bay at Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Tonight

FC Tampa Bay at Fort Lauderdale Strikers

When/where: 7:30; Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale

Records: Tampa Bay 3-5-4; Fort Lauderdale 3-2-7

How to follow: Live stream at fctampabay.com

Previous meeting: Tampa Bay and Fort Lauderdale were scheduled to play May 14, but inclement weather forced the game to be postponed.

Last time out: Tampa Bay grabbed an early advantage June 18 on the road against NASL leader Carolina after Warren Ukah followed Tsuyoshi Yoshitake's shot in the 18th minute and slotted home the rebound. Carolina equalized in the 36th minute then took the lead for good on Etienne Barbara's 13th goal of the season in the 69th minute. The RailHawks scored again in stoppage time for a 3-1 victory, their third of the season over Tampa Bay. The loss was the third in the past four games for Tampa Bay. … Fort Lauderdale is coming off a 1-1 draw against Puerto Rico on Saturday.

Skinny: Tampa Bay will play Fort Lauderdale twice in the next six days. The Strikers will visit Al Lang Field on Monday for the annual Independence Day fixture against the South Florida club. … Tampa Bay is coming off its longest stretch of the season without playing — 11 days. … Tampa Bay is sixth in the NASL standings with 13 points. Fort Lauderdale (16) is one spot ahead. Tampa Bay trails Carolina by 21 points. … Tampa Bay defeated Fort Lauderdale (formerly Miami FC) once and tied three times in four meetings last season. … Tampa Bay F Mike Ambersley is tied for third in the league with five goals.

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Game preview: FC Tampa Bay at Fort Lauderdale Strikers 06/28/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:25pm]
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