Strikers on a roll
The Strikers hope to extend their four-match unbeaten streak when they take on FC Edmonton Sunday at 4 p.m. at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Canada. The Strikers had three straight shutouts after opening the season with a 0-0 tie. A big reason has been the play of goalkeeper Richard Sanchez.
“Every game now is important, everyone is pretty close to the top of the table,” said Strikers head coach Günter Kronsteiner. “We had a chance to be in first place after the last game, but we could only come out with a point against San Antonio. Now Edmonton is going to be very tough at home. We need to stay focused on defense and find our chances to score, and come out of there with points.”
The Strikers return to Lockhart Stadium Sept. 21 for a much-anticipated match against the New York Cosmos, the first time in 30 years the Cosmos play at Lockhart. For more information, go to www.strikers.com
The Florida Soccer Expo continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium. The inaugural two-day event is geared toward anyone interested in the soccer industry — fans, vendors, coaches, referees, youth club directors, etc…
Among the exhibitors are ESPN Deportes, Telemundo Sports, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Absolute Street Soccer, Diloa Sports Futwall, FEBO Soccer Footgolf, and John Fredy Moncada, who will try to make the Guinness Book of World Records by juggling a soccer ball for 24 hours. He holds the record of 14 hours, 39 minutes. There will be interactive games for kids.
The list of Sunday panels includes MLS Team in Miami? (with Fort Lauderdale Strikers president Tom Mulroy, JP Terrasi of NPSL, and Marino Torrens of FYSA), Brazil World Cup and Soccer in the U.S. (with various soccer media members, including yours truly), and Player Development (with FIU coach Ken Arena). There will also be sessions on nutrition, soccer injury prevention, and soccer training.
Tickets are $17 for adults, $9 for children 18 and under, and $12 for seniors 65 and older. Proceeds from food and beverage will go towards helping Fugees Family, a non-profit organization that helps child survivors of war-torn countries through soccer.