As the Fort Lauderdale Strikers look to make their playoff push, there are games the schedule they must win. Tonight’s match against the visiting Indy Eleven was that kind of match.
Rising to the occasion, Fafa struck first and very early punching a Darnell King cross into the back of the net just 26 seconds into the game. After the game it was determined the goal was the fastest in team history as well as the fastest recorded in the history of the modern-era North American Soccer League. The goal set the tone for a hard fought win and three points as the Strikers inch their way up the standing in hopes of the fourth and final playoff spot.
Jaime Frias scored the equalizer for the visitors at 39′ and Martin Nunez put the Lads for Lauderdale up for good ten minutes after the intermission on a breakaway.
Next up for the Strikers is a road game against their long-time cross-state rivals in St. Pete. The match will determine the Coastal Cup winner for 2014 as well as help define the playoff picture with both the Rowdies and Strikers hoping to capture a spot in The Championship.