Most of the time, when I write a game report, I find the match can be neatly summarized; it’s easy to focus on the one incident that changed the game.
But, sometimes, there are games where so much happens, there are so many twists to the tale, that I wonder how to not turn in a novel-length description of what I have just seen (or called on air).
Sunday’s battle between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and FC Edmonton was one of these how-do-I-squeeze it all in matches. The Eddies fought back from a 2-1 second-half deficit and hung on for a 3-2 win. This game had so much to offer; two teams playing contrasting, attacking styles; lights-out goalkeeping from the Strikers’ David Meves, who deserves to be on the NASL team of the week despite giving up three; a penalty save; an assistant coach tossed from the game (Fort Lauderdale’s Ricardo Lopes felt that referee Robert Schaap should have given FCE striker Frank Jonke a harsh punishment for a challenge that bloodied the nose of defender Daniel Navarro); and what turned out to be a series of brilliant substitution decisions from FCE coach Colin Miller which changed the game.
Right off the bat, we saw the two teams put their differing styles on display. The Strikers, with four Brazilians in the starting lineup, played a possession game, trying to get as many quick touches on the ball as possible; the Eddies tried to get the ball up to the wings where the speed of Sainey Nyassi on the right and Lance Laing on the left was a big advantage to the home team.
“Technique-wise, they were maybe the best team to come into Edmonton and play here,” Miller said of the Strikers.
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