The first meeting of the 2012 Coastal Cup is this Saturday, April 28th when the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers come to town looking to once again get dominated by the Rowdies.
We have not lost to the Strikers in regular season play over the past two seasons and hopefully we keep that streak going with a win on Saturday. The Mob needs to be in full voice and that means we need you all to be there! If any game was to have mandatory attendance, it'd be these matches against our biggest rivals. So do whatever it takes to make it to Al Lang and bring along anyone and everyone you can think of.
The two teams are tied on points with 5 each, but the Strikers currently have a game in hand and have not yet lost this season.
With Shane Hill out of the lineup due to injury (apparently), the team had some changes to the lineup against Atlanta with Matt Clare starting up top and Mullholland dropping a little deeper into the midfield. We should probably expect a very similar look on Saturday.
What does everyone think? Predictions? Lineup preferences? Let's hear it!
That's too bad. I was looking forward to the Mob welcoming him to the ALF. :-)
"He dives, he cheats,
He elbowed Jay Heaps!
Andy Herron, Andy Herron!"
At least they still have Pecka...
It will be a good test against FTL. They can score goals, we need to match that. [And] I think we will.
Well to be fair, they had three goals coming into last night's game. And then this rookie kid explodes for a hat trick. Going to have to watch out for him if Heron is indeed ruled out due to injury.
The Strikers look better so far than expected and agreed, this is going to be a tough one. No way of telling what to expect, although I'd think something like 2-1 either way (hopefully ours) is probably close. I doubt we'll see a ton of goals, but you never know.
They played some really good, entertaining football last night!
I absolute LOATHE this. Why the f*ck we do this chant before the end of the game is beyond me. Next time it starts Im gonna throw something...
Aron I agree. While at the time it is a cool chant but 10 out of 10 times we sing it and we get scored shortly thereafter.
WOOOOOOOO! DOMINANCE! that is all
We looked much better this past weekend. I like the 4-3-3, but I like Mulholland in the midfield and a taller target up front. Mulholland looks like he can really control the game in midfield. When he was up front, it looked like he was having to drop back far too often to try to create something. Also, I hope Ambersley getting his first goal (even if it was a penalty) will kick-start his scoring this season.
However, I noticed that our guys still seem reluctant to take on defenders. Fort Lauderdale was very poor in the first half and yet our guys wouldn't press the advantage. I get it that they're trying to play a fluid passing game, but sometimes you have to take on the defense. Our guys up front have some pace, why not use it? Also, where the hell was our defense on their goal?
As others have done, I spent the second half outside the Mob, getting a different perspective on things. The Mob sounded great, but there seem to be only about 25-30 people who actually know the songs and sing them. Perhaps we could print up some songsheets like we did last season. I'll definitely do it for our Fort Lauderdale road trip.
Finally, I brought a friend to see the game, his first Rowdies game. He told me he'll be coming back and bringing his wife and a couple more people. That's how we're going to build attendance. Keep inviting your friends and family to come out to the games.
Oh, one more small complaint: The first proper Rowdies v Strikers game in 20 years, and Fort Lauderdale couldn't bring the real Strikers uniforms? Seriously? I'll admit, their second jerseys look good (yellow is the perfect color for them), but they need to bring the red and yellow shirts next time. Rivalries like Rowdies v Strikers is something the NASL is trying to highlight, so someone in the league office needs to tell them to wear the proper uniforms.