And it’s not just because it will be good for the profile of NASL if the second-division teams can claim the scalps of a few MLS teams along the way. The main reason? Because, the longer their fellow teams last in the USOC, the more congested their fixture lists become. And the more congested their schedules become, the better it is for FCE, who finished Amway Canadian Championship play in early May and have no more out-of-league commitments.
Case in point: The Fort Lauderdale Strikers. They play at San Antonio this weekend, while the Eddies have a bye. Then, on the 21st, the Strikers host the Laredo Heat in USOC play. Then, on the 26th, they make the long trip to Alberta to face Edmonton. If the Strikers beat Laredo, they will have to face FC Dallas just two days after their game in Alberta.
So, if the Strikers win against Laredo, there’s a chance that coach Daryl Shore may need to rotate his squad for the FC Edmonton game — as you can’t see the Strikers using depth players in a spotlight match against an MLS side.
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