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NASL Finals preview box: Stars at Tampa Bay

  • October 26, 2012 - 7:45 PM

THE FINALS AT A GLANCE

North American Soccer League playoffs (finals)

Minnesota Stars FC at Tampa Bay • 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Broadcast: No TV but streamed online at mnstarsfc.com

Preview: The No. 6 seed Stars defeated No. 2 seed Tampa Bay 2-0 Oct. 20 at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Game 2 of the two-game, total-goal series determines whether the defending NASL champion Stars repeat. The Stars head to Florida with a two-goal finals lead for the second consecutive season.

Stars at a glance: They have lost just once in the past 11 matches. ... The first leg of the finals featured a goal from Martin Nunez late in the 3 minutes of stoppage time. ... Nunez's goal was one of the Stars' 21 shots. ... The Stars were 2-7-5 on the road in the regular season but won both playoff road games.

Rowdies at a glance: Unbeaten in their past 11 home matches, the last five ending in draws. ... Mulholland, goalkeeper Jeff Attinella and defender Takuya Yamada were named to the NASL's Best XI.

DAVID LAVAQUE

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