It was only fitting that FC Edmonton’s final match of the NASL season ended in a 1-1 draw.
After all, it was the scoreline that best represented the team’s season. It was the 11th time the team played a 1-1 draw.
The 11th 1-1. This game should have happened on the first of January.(And, of course, this game is being reported on The11.ca).
But after the Fort Lauderdale Strikers started off strong, and got a penalty-kick goal from Carlos Salazar, the Eddies got better as the game went on, went up a man, and got the equalizer from sub Massimo Mirabelli. The Brampton, Ont. native poked the ball through the legs of Richard Sanchez.
Based on the first 20 minutes of the game, though, and anyone watching would have predicted a Strikers’ blowout. Playing at home in the heat and the humidity, the Strikers had several chances in the first phase of the game.
But FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller was furious that a game that was scheduled to start at 7:30 local time didn’t actually get kicked off until 7:52. Teams base their warm-ups on the projected start times, and he felt that his team went cold waiting for the Strikers’ players to be introduced one by one.
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