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NASL game preview: FC Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota Stars

Forward Mike Ambersley leads FC Tampa Bay with 11 goals.

SKIP O’ROURKE | Times

Forward Mike Ambersley leads FC Tampa Bay with 11 goals.

Tonight

FC Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota Stars

When/where: 7; Al Lang Field, St. Petersburg

Records: FCTB 10-8-7 (37 points); Minnesota 8-10-8 (32 points)

Radio/online: 1010-AM; fctampabay.com

Series: Tampa Bay leads 2-0-1, outscoring Minnesota 4-1 in the three matches. The teams meet for the second time 11 days.

Last time out: Tampa Bay won 2-1 Sept. 6 at Minnesota to clinch its first playoff berth. MF Keith Savage (22nd minute) and MF Mozzi Gyorio (77th) scored for Tampa Bay. … Minnesota beat Atlanta 2-0 Saturday, halting a seven-match winless streak. F Jeff Cosgriff (12th minute) and Kyle Altman (83rd) scored.

Skinny: Tampa Bay, tied for third in the NASL standings with Fort Lauderdale, can clinch a first-round playoff home game with a win. Fort Lauderdale has one fewer game remaining. … Minnesota is clinging to the sixth and final playoff spot, three points ahead of Montreal. … Gyorio, who scored the winner Sept. 6 on a free kick, was named NASL offensive player of the week. It was the eighth time an FCTB player received a weekly honor. … The club heads to Puerto Rico to play the Islanders on Wednesday, a makeup for a game postponed last Saturday by Tropical Storm Maria. … F Mike Ambersley's 11 goals are tied for second in the league. … FCTB is 6-4-2 at home and 8-3-3 in its past 14.

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

NASL game preview: FC Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota Stars 09/16/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 16, 2011 8:24pm]
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