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NASL game preview: FC Tampa Bay at Puerto Rico Islanders

Tonight

FC Tampa Bay at Puerto Rico Islanders

When/where: 8:05; Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Records: Tampa Bay 4-5-5 (17 points); Puerto Rico 6-4-4 (22 points)

How to follow: Live stream at fctampabay.com

The series: This is the second of four meetings. Tampa Bay lost at home April 17, 2-0. Islanders MF Jonathan Fana scored both goals.

Last time out: Tampa Bay scored a season-high in a 4-2 win over rival Fort Lauderdale on Monday. MF Pascal Millien scored and had two assists, and earned NASL offensive player of the week honors. F Aaron King had a goal and an assist. F Mike Ambersley scored his fifth goal in five games. D Andres Arango scored his first goal of the season. … Puerto Rico needed a goal from Fana in the 90th minute to beat Atlanta 4-3 on Monday.

Skinny: The Islanders are the NASL's only team unbeaten at home (3-0-2). … They have a four-game unbeaten streak (2-0-2). … Tampa Bay is 4-1-2 when scoring first. … Fana, second in the league with eight goals, will miss tonight's game to play with the Dominican Republic team in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches this weekend. … Ambersley has seven goals. … Tampa Bay signed F Kerry Baptiste this week and bought out the contract of D Omar Jarun.

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

NASL game preview: FC Tampa Bay at Puerto Rico Islanders 07/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 10:04pm]
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