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NASL game preview: FC Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota Stars

Forward Mike Ambersley leads FC Tampa Bay with 11 goals.


Forward Mike Ambersley leads FC Tampa Bay with 11 goals.


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;

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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