United FC-Tampa Bay soccer preview
- May 17, 2013 - 11:52 PM
What: Tampa Bay (2-1-2) at Minnesota (2-1-2), 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Metrodome. Live broadcast available online at MNUnitedFC.com.
Preview: A rematch of the 2012 finals in which the Minnesota Stars (the precursor to the United FC) blew a 2-0 lead in the two-game, total goal series by losing Game 2 on penalty kicks. … Both teams, along with FC Edmonton, are part of a three-way tie for second place in the NASL with eight points. … United has scored eight goals and allowed six as has Tampa Bay.
United FC at a glance: Dropped its first game of the season last week, a 2-1 loss at previously winless Fort Lauderdale. … Players said a slow start, coupled with a lack of intensity, cost them against Fort Lauderdale and are hoping to fix both issues against Tampa Bay. … Pablo Campos notched his first goal of the season in the loss. … Minnesota travels to Tampa Bay next week.
Tampa Bay at a glance: Tied FC Edmonton 1-1 last week. … Former Minnesota standout Luke Mulholland is tied for the league lead with three goals. … Mulholland, along with Andres Arango, Devin Del Do and Amani Walker, used to play in Minnesota. … The Rowdies have struggled in goal but midfielders Raphael Cox and Evans Frimpong give the team a hard-working tandem to watch.
DAVID La VAQUE
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