The Central Florida Kraze won their season opener, 1-0, over Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy.
The match was well-contested all night. Our defense played very tough, and our goalkeeper got some great saves in a shutout. Unfortunately, the team website does not number the players or list positions, so I don’t know who was who.
The Kraze finally blasted in the first and deciding goal at 87′ on a close free kick by #12. It was followed by the Kraze getting a great stop on an exceedingly rare indirect goal kick inside our penalty box to preserve the win.
A couple hundred fans saw the match, including a good representation from The Ruckus.
The next game for the Kraze will be on Friday night, May 6, at 7pm at Fort Lauderdale. The match will be held in the cricket stadium at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill. The next Kraze home game will be on May 21 against Mississippi Brilla. That match will be hosted at Showalter Field.
As for Orlando City, they got a 2-1 road victory over FC New York to extend their unbeaten streak to four games.
Lawrence Olum opened the scoring at 13′ on a cross from Lewis Neal. New York tied the match at 54′, but Lewis Neal was able to nail a free kick at 81′ to seal a Lions win.
As usual when there’s no video feed, details are scarce, but one FCNY fan on BigSoccer said his team “seemed more interested in playing keepaway than soccer for 90 minutes”. The match was played before a sellout crowd of 2,600 at Belson Stadium at St. John’s University.
Our next match is next Saturday night at 7pm at the Dayton Dutch Lions.
As for our sponsor clubs…
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Burnley pretty much squandered their promotion hopes with a 1-0 loss at Leeds United. They are five points out with three matches to go; it would pretty much take divine intervention to return to the Premier League at this point.
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