International players continue to have a significant impact across the North American Soccer League, highlighted this week by the European contingency netting six key goals in Week 5.
This is also the third consecutive week that the NASL Internationals have led the offense posting 77 percent (10 of 13 goals scored).
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On Saturday, Bulgarian forward and last year’s NASL Golden Ball winner, Georgi Hristov scored via penalty kick for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the 1-1 draw against host Ottawa Fury FC at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium; Goals by midfielders Mark Anderson (England), Carlos Salazar (Colombia) and Uruguayan forward Martin Nuñez helped the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to first place in the NASL Spring Standings (leveled at 12 points with Minnesota United FC) after a 4-0 triumph over visiting Atlanta Silverbacks at Lockhart Stadium.
Also on Saturday, forward Daryl Fordyce of Northern Ireland and Trinidad & Tobago defender Kareem Moses led FC Edmonton to its first win of the season by topping host Indy Eleven 2-1 in front of its third sold out crowd at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium; San Antonio Scorpions earned their first victory at Toyota Field in league play after goals from forwards Danny Barrera (Colombia), Eric Hassli (France) and Tomasz Zahorski (Poland) gave the hosts a 3-0 shutout over Carolina RailHawks.
Monday Night Fútbol concluded Week 5 action when Spanish midfielder Marcos Senna hit another game-winner for the New York Cosmos as they defeated visiting Minnesota United at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.
Every week throughout the 2014 Spring Season, the North American Soccer League (NASL) put its international stars - both coaches & players – under the ‘NASL International Spotlight’ focusing on the league’s overseas connections.
International Players/Coaches in 2014 North American Soccer League Spring Season Week 5
Saturday, May 10
Ottawa Fury FC 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium
Defenders – Omar Jarun (Palestine), Ramon Soria (Spain) both played the entire match.
Midfielders – Richie Ryan (Ireland) assisted on the club’s tying goal during his time on the field, while Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) was a minute shy of a full game before being replaced.
Forwards – Vini Dantas (Brazil) saw action in 83 minutes before being substituted by Hamza Elias (Ghana), while Oliver Minatel (Brazil) had his penalty kick saved before he was replaced in 68th minute.
Defender – Takuya Yamada (Japan) was a shy of a complete game, before being replaced in injury time.
Midfielders – Shane Hill (England) and Darel Russell (England) both earned a full 90, while Evans Frimpong (Ghana) saw action in 65 minutes before being substituted by Christophe Lallet (Sweden).
Forwards – Georgi Hristov (Bulgaria) scored the team’s goal via penalty kick during his time on the field, while
Lucky Mkosana (Zimbabwe) played 65 minutes before being replaced.
Coach – Ricky Hill (England) remains unbeaten on the road this NASL season.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4 Atlanta Silverbacks 0 at Lockhart Stadium
Goalkeeper – Oka Nikolov (Germany) earned his second shutout and fourth victory of the season.
Defenders – Ivan Guerrero (Honduras) assisted on the club’s second goal during his time on the field, while Rafael Alves (Brazil) also played the entire match.
Midfielders – Martin Nuñez (Uruguay) scored the club’s first goal before being substituted by Marius Ebbers (Germany) in 62nd minute, while Mark Anderson (England) came off the bench in the 73rd minute and added the team’s second tally. Carlos Salazar (Colombia) scored the squad’s third goal before being replaced by Gonzalo De Mujica (Argentina) in the 85th minute.
Coach – Gunter Kronsteinter (Austria) earned his fourth win of the season.
Goalkeeper – Eric Ati (Cameroon) played the entire match.
Midfielders – Junior Sandoval (Honduras) saw action in 60 minutes before being substituted by Alex Harlley (Togo). Junior Burgos (El Salvador) played the first half before being replaced by Kwadwo Poku (Ghana) just before the start of the second stanza.
Forward – Deon McCaulay (Belize) earned another full 90.
Indy Eleven 1 FC Edmonton 2 at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium
Goalkeeper – Kristian Nicht (Germany) played the entire match.
Defenders – Jaime Frias (Mexico) and Erick Norales (Honduras) also earned a full 90.
Midfielders – Kléberson (Brazil) was on the field for the complete game, while Walter Ramirez (Honduras) saw action in 75 minutes and assisted on the club's goal before being replaced. Corby Moore (England) came off the bench and played the final seven minutes.
Forward – Pedro Mendes (Brazil) saw action in 58 minutes before being substituted.
Defenders – Kareem Moses (Trinidad & Tobago) scored the team’s second goal during his time on the field, while Lance Laing (Jamaica) also earned a full 90.
Midfielders – Ritchie Jones (England) assisted on the club’s game-winning goal during his 90 minutes of action, while Horace James (Jamaica) came in off the bench in the 73rd minute.
Forward – Daryl Fordyce (Northern Ireland) scored the team’s first tally during his entire time on the pitch.
San Antonio Scorpions 3 Carolina RailHawks 0 at Toyota Field
Defender – Julius James (Trinidad & Tobago) played the whole match.
Midfielders – Stephen DeRoux (Jamaica) and Richard Menjivar (El Salvador) each also earned another full 90.
Forwards – Eric Hassli (France) scored the club’s first tally before being substituted by Sainey Touray (Gambia) in 70th minute, while Danny Barrera (Colombia) got another full game under his belt and had the team’s second goal. Tomasz Zahorski (Poland) also saw action the entire match and scored the squad’s third goal, while Billy Borbes (Turks & Caicos Islands) came in off the bench in the second half and assisted on the team’s first two goals.
Defender – Toni Stahl (Finland) played another complete game.
Midfielders – Jun Marques Davidson (Japan) and Cesar Elizondo (Costa Rica) also both earned another full 90, while Nick Millington (Guyana) saw action in 77 minutes before being substituted by Enzo Martinez (Uruguay). Ty Shipalane (South Africa) played 62 minutes before being replaced.
Coach – Colin Clarke (Northern Ireland) currently winless on the road this season.
Monday, May 12
New York Cosmos 1 Minnesota United FC 0 at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium
Defenders – Ayoze (Spain) and Rovérsio (Brazil) both earned another complete game under their belt.
Midfielders – Marcos Senna (Spain) scored the team’s game-winner during his time on the field, while Joseph Nane (Cameroon) also played the full 90. Paulo Mendes (Brazil) saw action in 57 minutes before being substituted by Alessandro Noselli (Italy).
Forwards – Mads Stokkelien (Norway) played the entire match, while Diomar Díaz (Venezuela) saw action in 29 minutes before being replaced due to injury by David Diosa (Colombia).
Coach – Giovanni Savarese (Venezuela) earned his third victory of the season.
Defenders – Cristiano Dias (Brazil) and Tiago Calvano (Brazil) both earned another full 90.
Midfielders – Daniel Mendes (Brazil) saw action in 77 minutes before being replaced, while Juliano Vicentini (Brazil) played the first half before being subbed out at the start of the second stanza.
Forward – Simone Bracalello (Italy) earned 64 minutes on the field before being substituted.