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Game preview: FC Tampa Bay at Fort Lauderdale

Tonight: FC Tampa Bay at Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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

Where to watch: Online at fctampabay.com

Records: Both are 1-2-3.

Last time out: Tampa Bay gave up a goal in stoppage time and tied 1-1 at home against Edmonton on Wednesday. … Fort Lauderdale fell 4-2 at Carolina on Wednesday, snapping a four-match unbeaten streak for the Strikers.

Skinny: Tampa Bay completed a seasonlong three-game homestand with two ties and a loss and must go on the road for three of its next four matches, starting tonight against its biggest rival. Before this season, the Strikers were known as Miami FC. Tampa Bay picked up the lone win in last year's four-game series, a 2-0 victory July 25 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. The other three matches resulted in draws. Tampa Bay won last year's Coastal Cup, an annual competition between the sides in which the team with the most points after four regular-season matches claims the honor.

Up next: Tampa Bay will host the Montreal Impact at 7 p.m. May 21, the team's third meeting with Montreal in the first eight games of the season.

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Game preview: FC Tampa Bay at Fort Lauderdale 05/13/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 13, 2011 8:38pm]
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