Miami FC vs Rayo OKC – FIU Stadium, Miami
The expansion teams will face off for bragging rights this week as Rayo OKC, coming off a bye, travel to face Miami FC.
In a game where both teams will be eager to get their first win, you have to think this game might open up a bit. Both teams offer exciting options in the attack but Miami has one of the better strikers early in the season in Dario Cvitanich.
Not much will separate these two teams but an exciting open game with a lot of chances could be in the cards.
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers vs Jacksonville Armada – Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale
The Armada got their first win of the season this past weekend but the Strikers still have yet to find the W column. The Strikers were robbed last week as a very weak red card set them back a man early, and against a team like Minnesota there was not much hope. They will be hungry as they face a Floridian rival.
The Armada won their game against Miami FC but it was off of some poor goalkeeping. Charles Eloundou is a very strong player who can make an impact at any moment, while for the Strikers, their playmaker PC has yet to do so.
This game could be very interesting as the Strikers will be very hungry to make an impact.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Carolina RailHawks – Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg
This is the game of the week in my opinion as the high flying RailHawks travel to a very tough location to face the Rowdies. Tampa Bay finally saw Tom Heinemann get on the score sheet this past week as he headed home a lovely setup from Avila. Each week, the Rowdies have shown that they have the tools in place, but those tools just need to gel. The gelling has started to happen.
There is no greater story than the Carolina RailHawks in this young NASL season. At 3-0 they have been the hottest team out of the gate. With attacking players like Tiyi Shipalane, Austin Da Luz and Nazmi Albadawi, this team cannot be taken lightly.
There is no way to predict this match but we know it will be a fun one.
FC Edmonton vs Ottawa Fury – Clarke Field, Edmonton
The first Canadian Derby of the year and both teams are in need of a win. The Eddies are coming off a very solid performance which was one poorly taken PK away from being a road point while Ottawa is still looking for their first win under the Dalglish era.
This should be an exciting battle for bragging rights and a first win for the teams north of the border. Which new forward will step up to take it, Bruna or Keegan?
I look forward to Miami – Rayo. Two different teams, but two teams that will frustrate each other. Miami is very well organized and have surprised their opponents. Rayo can also play to win and have some impressive firepower.
I am sick of Florida derbies and it’s only week four. This is a real chance for the Armada to capitalize on a team that has struggled since season’s start. Who knows? Maybe they snatch their first road win ever here?
The RailHawks are hot, the Rowdies are spoilers at home. Rooting for a Rowdies result as that would help my Cosmos, but I imagine this could become a slugfest if the Rowdies can put their chances on frame more consistently.
Canadian derby – YAWN. Bottom of the barrel slug it out to move out of the cellar. A cannibalized team takes on a disappointing one.