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2016 NASL Media Guide
Updated  Through: March 21, 2016
League Information
Website: www.NASL.com
Phone: (646) 832-3565
Fax: (646) 832-3581
Facebook: /NASLFanPage
Twitters: @NASLOfficial,  @LaCanchaNASL
Mailing Address:
North American Soccer League
112 West 34th Street – 21st Floor
New York, NY 10120
Media Contacts:
Neal Malone
Director of Public Relations
Contact: (646) 832-3577 
nmalone@nasl.com
Steven Torres
Manager of Public Relations & International/Hispanic Media
Contact: (646) 785-1155
storres@nasl.com
Jack Bell
Senior Media Specialist
Contact: (201) 881-6800
jack.bell@nasl.com
Matthew Levine
Digital Content Manager
Contact: (516) 972-1267
mlevine@nasl.com
The 2016 North American Soccer League Media
Guide was published by the North American
Soccer League, LLC.
Edited & Written by: Steven Torres, Jack Bell, Matthew Levine
Layout & Design: Michael Maselli
Photos from modern era provided by NASL and its respective teams.
Front:
New York Cosmos celebrate winning The Championship Final 2015

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About the NASL ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������2-3
The Commissioner / Board of Governors ������������������������������������������������������������������4-5
Directors & Staff �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������6
COMPETITION FORMAT ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������7
Rules & Regulations ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������8-10
League Ball & Silverware ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 11
2016 Outlook ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������12-16
NASL CLUBS ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������17
Carolina RailHawks �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������18-23
FC Edmonton ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������24-29
Fort Lauderdale Strikers ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������30-35
Indy Eleven ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������36-41
Jacksonville Armada FC ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������42-47
Miami FC ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������48-49
Minnesota United FC ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������50-55
New York Cosmos �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������56-61
Ottawa Fury FC �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������62-67
Puerto Rico FC ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������68-69
Rayo OKC �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������70-71
Tampa Bay Rowdies ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������72-77
MEDIA INFO ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������78
Media Guidelines and Regulations ������������������������������������������������������������������������79-80
Team PR Directory �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������81
U�S� Soccer Federation ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������82
NASL & Lamar Hunt U�S� Open Cup ��������������������������������������������������������������������������83
Canadian Soccer Association �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������84
NASL & Amway Canadian Championship ������������������������������������������������������������������85
Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol (Puerto Rican Soccer Federation) ������������������86
CONCACAF ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������87
NASL & CONCACAF Club Championship �����������������������������������������������������������������88
All Time NASL International Results ����������������������������������������������������������������������89-90
2015 Recap (Spring & Fall) �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������91-94
2015 NASL International Friendlies ����������������������������������������������������������������������������95
2015 NASL Stats Leaders ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������96
2015 Weekly, Monthly Awards Winners����������������������������������������������������������������������97
2014 Season Review���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������98-99
2013 Season Review������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������100
2012 Season Review������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������101
2011 Season Review ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������102
All-Time NASL Stats (Modern Era) ��������������������������������������������������������������������103-104
All-Time NASL Records (Modern Era) ����������������������������������������������������������������������105
All Time Attendance ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������106
All Time Awards Winners �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������107-108
NASL Legendary Era Stats Leaders �����������������������������������������������������������������109-110
Championship History ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 111-113
Table of Contents

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  The North American Soccer League shattered league records in 2015 and is 
poised in 2016 for its most competitive year since launching its Modern Era in 2011.
  Entering its sixth season of play, three new clubs were admitted to the league 
for the 2016 season. Rayo OKC, backed by the local owner Sean Jones and the 
Spanish La Liga club Rayo Vallecano’s Raúl Martin Presa; and Miami FC, co-
owned by the former star of Italy’s national team and AC Milan, Paolo Maldini 
and MP & Silva’s Riccardo Silva, joins the fray for the Spring Season. The New 
York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is the owner of Puerto Rico FC, which begins 
play in the Fall Season.
  The league has 12 clubs after the departure of the Atlanta Silverbacks and 
the San Antonio Scorpions. Neither team will participate in 2016.The three 
expansion sides join the Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale 
Strikers, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada FC, Minnesota United FC, New York 
Cosmos, Ottawa Fury FC, and Tampa Bay Rowdies.
  In addition to some new, forward-thinking owners joining an already 
impressive roster, there is eye-opening star power on the touchline and on the 
field of play. Maldini’s longtime teammate with AC Milan and the Italian national 
team, Alessandro Nesta, heads Miami FC’s inaugural campaign from the bench. 
On the field, the Cosmos added the Venezuelan national team’s leader in goals 
and appearances, Juan Arango. Rayo OKC signed Derek Boateng, a veteran 
with Ghana’s national team, and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers acquired Matheus 
Carvalho, who played recently in France for AS Monaco and appeared for that 
club in the UEFA Champions League.
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New York (blue) and Carolina (orange) look to continue their intense match-ups in 2016.

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For more information 
about the NASL, visit: 
www.NASL.com
Follow the NASL on Twitter: 
@NASLOfficial 
(English)
@LaCanchaNASL
 (Spanish)
 
And on Facebook at:
www.Facebook.com.NASLFanPage.
About the NASL
  The clubs will compete under the 
league’s split-season format, which 
consists of 10 games in the Spring 
Season (April-June) and 22 in the 
Fall Season (July-October). The 
winners of the Spring and Fall Seasons 
earn a place in The Championship, 
the league’s four-team postseason 
tournament. The two clubs with the 
next-best overall records receive the 
remaining postseason berths. The 
champion lifts the Soccer Bowl Trophy, 
the third-oldest professional outdoor 
soccer prize in the North America.
  With a victory in front of an NASL 
Modern Era attendance record for 
a postseason match – 10,166 – last 
November, the Cosmos lifted the Soccer 
Bowl Trophy for an unprecedented 
seventh time – across the league’s 
Golden and Modern Eras. New York was able to hold on for a 3-2 win, despite 
Ottawa Fury’s late surge. 
  The NASL’s regular-season attendance record in the Modern Era was also 
broken. Jacksonville Armada FC’s inaugural home match, played at EverBank 
Field, was witnessed by 16,164 spectators. 
  In addition to competing in league play, nine US-based clubs will play in 
the 103rd edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The NASL’s two Canadian 
teams – FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC – will participate in the Amway 
Canadian Championship. Last year, the Eddies fell short of reaching the final 
for the first time in club history. In 2017, Puerto Rico FC will compete in the 
Caribbean Football Union Championship. The winner of each of those three 
competitions earns automatic entry into the CONCACAF Champions League.
Jacksonville Armada FC 
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Bill Peterson 
NASL Commissioner
The Commissioner
  Bill Peterson was named 
North American Soccer League 
Commissioner on Nov. 27, 
2012, and has been a driving 
force behind the growth of the 
league. 
  Peterson and the NASL 
added Indy Eleven and 
Ottawa Fury FC for the 2014 
season, after welcoming the 
New York Cosmos back to the 
field, in 2013, after almost 
three decades in limbo. The 
league has since admitted the 
Jacksonville Armada FC, which 
began play in 2015. In 2016, 
three new teams – Rayo OKC, 
Miami FC, and Puerto Rico FC 
– will take the field.
  Peterson is no stranger 
to North American soccer, 
having served as the senior vice 
president of AEG Sports and the managing director of the Home Depot Center 
from 2000-06. He played a significant role in the oversight and management 
of numerous MLS teams, and the development of soccer stadiums across the 
United States.
  Most recently, Peterson served in an advisory capacity and provided 
event services to a variety of clients in Canada and the United States through 
his company, Solve4.  Peterson is the chairman of the USA cycling board of 
Directors and a member of the USPRO Cycling board of trustees. He also served 
briefly as the chief operating officer of the UFL.
  He was the executive vice president of Centerplate, the North American 
market leader for managing food and beverage, retail, restaurant and events 
in sports facilities, convention centers, and entertainment complexes. He 
spent six years working with a variety of teams, facilities, and sporting events 
while senior vice president at AEG in Los Angeles. Peterson spent almost a 
decade with the National Football League, rising to the position of president 
of NFL Europe after a spell as the general manager of the league’s Amsterdam 
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Board of Governors  
   The NASL is owned and operated 
by its member teams through the 
board of governors, which consists of 
a representative from each member 
team. Mark Frisch, the owner of the 
Jacksonville Armada FC, is the board’s 
chairman. 
   The board oversees league rules and 
regulations, expansion and commercial 
strategy, and the league office.
 
   Frisch is the executive vice president 
of Beaver Street Fisheries, a leading 
importer, manufacturer, and distributor 
of quality frozen seafood products 
from the U.S. and around the world. 
The company was founded in 1950 in 
north Florida by his grandfather. Frisch, 
who was the driving force behind 
professional soccer’s return to Jacksonville after a 30-year absence, became 
chairman in September 2015 after a vote by board members. 
   Frisch also serves as the chairman of JAXUSA Partnership, the regional 
economic development organization of JAX Chamber. Frisch is also on the 
board of trustees at Jacksonville University, the board of directors for JAX 
Chamber, is a member of the Jacksonville Civic Council, and the board 
of directors for Baptist Health System. In 2010, he was named one of 
Jacksonville’s “40 Under 40” by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
Mark Frisch  
Chairman - Board of Governers

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Steven Torres 
Manager of Public Relations 
& International/Hispanic Media
Directors and Staff
Brian Melekian 
Chief Operating Officer
Rishi Sehgal 
Director of Business
Development & Legal 
Carol Valentine 
Director of Sales
Neal Malone 
Director of Public Relations
Toan Hang 
Director of Finance and 
Human Resources 
Matthew Levine 
Digital Content Manager
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Jack Bell
Senior Media Specialist
Daniel Kaufman 
Accountant

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Structure:
 The 2016 NASL 
season will once again be played 
under a split-season format. The 
Spring and Fall Season Champions 
will each host a semifinal in the 
league’s four-team postseason 
tournament, The Championship, 
and the pair will be joined by 
the next two clubs with the best 
combined records. The top seed 
in The Championship will be 
awarded to either the Spring or 
Fall Champion, depending on 
which has the better combined 
record in the regular season. 
The third and fourth seeds 
will then be determined by the 
teams’ positions in the Combined 
Standings. The top-seeded team 
after the semifinals will host The 
Championship Final. If one club 
wins both season championships, 
the clubs posting the second, third, 
and fourth-best overall records will 
enter The Championship.
Schedule:
 In the 2016 Spring 
Season, 11 teams will play a 10-
game schedule, competing against 
each other once. Following a break 
at mid-June, the Fall Season will 
kick off on July 2 and consist of 
12 teams and play a 24-game – 
home-and-away against each side 
– schedule.
Point System:
 Teams will 
receive three points for a win, one 
point for a draw, and zero points 
for a loss.
Referees:
 All referees for NASL 
matches played in the United 
States are nationally certified 
and assigned by the Professional 
Referee Organization (PRO), 
while the Canadian Soccer 
Association (CSA) assigns referees 
for all matches played in Canada.  
Puerto Rican Soccer Federation 
(Federación Puertorriqueña de 
Fútbol) will designate officials for 
the encounters in Puerto Rico.
Game Clock:
 The official game 
time for all NASL games will 
be managed on the field by the 
referee. If necessary, the referee 
may also allot extra time (stoppage 
time) at the end of each half – first, 
second, and if applicable, first 
overtime and second overtime 
during postseason games. The 
stadium clock will display the 
time from 0:00 to 45:00 and from 
45:00 to 90:00 (plus stoppage time 
where applicable in each half). For 
statistical purposes, the minutes 
for goals, substitutions, yellow 
cards, etc., will be listed from the 
first minute until the 90th minute. 
For example, a goal scored at 15 
minutes 10 seconds will be listed 
as having been scored in the 16th 
minute.
Team Rosters:
 During the 
season, each team’s master 
roster shall be no less than 20 
players and no more than 35 total 
players. Players can compete on a 
maximum of two teams per Spring 
or Fall Season. 
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Active Roster and Inactive 
Roster: 
While the total roster 
size can be 35 players, only 30 are 
eligible to be on the active roster at 
a given time. Only the players listed 
on the active roster can compete 
in an NASL league game. When a 
player is on the inactive roster, the 
player must remain inactive for 
30 days. To move a player from 
the active to inactive roster or vice 
versa, the team must notify the 
registrar, in writing, at least 48 
hours before the league game to 
reflect the changes. 
Domestic Players:
 Domestic 
players for teams located in the 
United States are a U.S. citizens, 
a permanent resident (green card 
holder) or the holder of other 
special status (e.g., refugee or 
asylum status).  Domestic players 
for teams located in Canada are 
Canadian citizens, permanent 
resident, landed immigrant (non-
Canadian citizen permanent 
residents) or players who qualify 
as a domestic player in the United 
States.
International Players:
 Each 
team may list up to seven non-
domestic players on its master 
roster.
Game-Day Rosters:
 Each 
team may nominate 18 players 
from its active roster for a game-
day roster. Teams are allowed three 
substitutions per game.
Cautions and Suspensions:
 
A player will be suspended for 
one game upon receiving a 
fifth accumulated yellow card 
throughout the Spring or Fall 
Seasons – regardless of the nature 
of the infraction. After a player 
has been suspended for five yellow 
cards, an additional one-game 
suspension will be added each time 
after another three yellow cards are 
accumulated. A player receiving 
two yellow cards in the same game 
will receive a red card and will 
be suspended for the next game. 
However, that will only count as 
one red card and not two yellow 
cards added to the accumulation 
total. A player that receives a direct 
red card will automatically be 
suspended for the next game, and 
the NASL Disciplinary Committee 
has the power to suspend him for 
additional games, depending upon 
the severity of the red-card offense.
Card Suspensions:
 Red-card 
and yellow-card accumulation 
suspensions earned in regular 
season games will be served in 
that player’s next regular-season 
game. Any suspension for yellow-
card accumulation earned in a 
player’s last regular season game 
will carry over into that season’s 
first postseason game for his team. 
Any player who receives a red-
card in his team’s last game of the 
season - NASL regular season or 
during postseason - will serve the 
one-game suspension during their 
next game (whether it comes in The 
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Championship Semifinals, Final, or 
in the first regular-season game of the 
next season). All card suspensions will, 
if applicable, follow a player to a new 
team.
Suspension Manipulation:
 
Players suspended from NASL regular 
season or postseason games that 
are called in for national team duty 
will have their suspensions held in 
abeyance until they return to their 
NASL team. Teams will be responsible 
for informing the league office of a 
player’s selection to national team 
duty. Failure to provide the League 
Office with such notice or to withhold 
the use of a suspended player when 
appropriate is subject to sanctions.
League Standings:
 The team 
awarded the highest position in the 
league standings will be the team with 
the greatest number of points at the 
conclusion of the respective Spring or 
Fall Season. In the event that two or 
more teams have an equal number of 
points, the following system will be 
used to determine their rank in the 
league standings:
1) Goal Differential: The highest 
position shall be awarded to the team 
with the greater goal difference against 
all other teams during the regular 
season.
2) Total Goals: The highest position 
shall be awarded to the team scoring 
the greatest number of total goals 
against all other teams during the 
regular season.
3) Head-To-Head Competition: 
The highest position shall be awarded 
to the team with the best win/draw/
loss record in regular-season games 
against all other teams equal in points.
4) Away Goal Difference/Away 
Goals Scored: The highest position 
shall be awarded to the team with the 
greater away goal differential than the 
other teams. If needed, the highest 
position shall be awarded to the team 
with the greater total of away goals 
scored. 
Soccer Bowl Trophy:
 The winner 
of The Championship Final will be the 
league champion and receive the NASL 
Soccer Bowl Trophy.
Rules and Regulations

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NASL Offical Match Ball: 
On March 1, 2016, the NASL and Under Armour 
entered into a partnership in which the sporting goods 
manufacturer provides the official NASL-branded 
match balls in all training sessions, games, and 
community activities.  The match ball features the 
NASL’s signature red and blue colors, as well as the 
league’s logo.  As one of the world’s fastest-growing 
sports companies, Under Armour already has an 
extensive sports partner portfolio that features dozens 
of professional teams, college teams, and athletes from 
around the globe.
Spring and Fall 
Championship Trophies 
Awarded to the winners of the respective Spring and 
Fall Championships, the trophies were custom made 
in England and designed by 343RLP+ Creative, the 
same company behind the Soccer Bowl Trophy and 
NASL league branding.
The Soccer Bowl Trophy 
The Soccer Bowl Trophy, named to honor 
the heritage of the NASL Legendary Era, will 
be awarded annually to the winner of The 
Championship Final. The Soccer Bowl Trophy, 
which is third oldest men’s professional outdoor 
soccer prize in the United States, was crafted in 
England and designed by 343RLP+ Creative. 
Each year, the NASL Champion has its team name 
engraved on the Soccer Bowl Trophy.
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  Last year ended in storybook fashion in the North American Soccer League.
The New York Cosmos saw off into retirement the Spanish stars Raúl and Marcos 
Senna with one more title, hoisting the Soccer Bowl Trophy in November.
  In 2016, each NASL team has one objective: Dethroning the defending 
champions.
  “2016 is shaping up to be our best year ever,” NASL Commissioner Bill 
Peterson said. “Both on and off the field we’ve seen significant development and 
improvements being made across the league.” 
 
  NASL clubs have scoured the soccer world for the best talent. Several high-
profile internationals have joined the league, bringing with them experience in 
the biggest club and international tournaments. 
  The Cosmos defeated Ottawa Fury FC, 3-2, in The Championship Final, 
winning the club’s second title in three seasons. New York has retooled in 
the offseason with the signings of the Venezuelans Yohandry Orozco and 
that nation’s leader in appearances and goals, Juan Arango, among other 
international signings.
  “We are very excited about the 2016 season,” Cosmos Coach Giovanni 
Savarese said. “We did a lot of work last year to secure our core team for this 
FC Edmonton’s Eddie Edward (white) makes sliding tackle vs New York Cosmos (green).

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campaign and we have also made some great new additions. The hunger within 
the team to win another championship is huge and we’re looking forward to 
getting the season underway.”
  The NASL, which has three new teams (Rayo OKC, Miami FC, and Puerto 
Rico FC) in 2016, has also added well-known players, including Derek Boateng 
(Ghana/Rayo OKC) and Wilson Palacios (Honduras/Miami FC). 
  “We want to go out and put a product on the field that the fans are proud of 
and can get behind,” Rayo OKC Coach Alen Marcina said. “The short-term goals 
are to make sure the style of play we want to implement the guys buy into, and 
if we can exhibit that to the fans and the league, we’ll deem that as a success and 
results will come.”
  Two expansion teams – Rayo OKC and Miami FC – will strive for a fast start 
in the Spring Season. Puerto Rico begins play in the Fall Season. 
  Alessandro Nesta, Coach of Miami FC, said: “The NASL is a tough league 
with some competitive teams, but I am confident in what we are building here in 
Miami FC. My team will be ready and competing for the NASL Championship.
We are determined to make a statement in our inaugural year.”
  Professional soccer returns to Puerto Rico in July when the club, which is 
owned by the New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, joins the fray.
  “With the upcoming NASL Spring Season just around the corner it’s exciting 
times for all the clubs,” Puerto Rico FC Coach Adrian Whitbread said. “Even 
though we here at Puerto Rico FC won’t be starting until July, preparations are 
well under way. We will be keeping a close eye on all the teams, but our focus is 
on making the postseason come the end of the Fall Season.”
  Fury FC, after losing to the Cosmos in The Championship Final, are looking 
to build from a successful and surprising run after winning the Fall Season title. 
Under the direction of Paul Dalglish, who replaces Marc Dos Santos as coach, 
the club retained important veterans in goalkeeper Romuald Peiser and the 
Canadian national team captain Julian de Guzman, while also adding players 
with connections to the British Isles, including James Bailey and Gerardo Bruña.
  “With the signings announced in the NASL the standard of the league 
will be taking a step up in 2016,” Dalglish said. “It is an exciting time for the 
league and we plan to improve on our success of last season and compete for a 
championship.”
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  Minnesota United has reached The Championship Semifinals in two 
successive seasons, but has come up short of reaching the final both times.
  The Loons, who had the league’s most-potent offense last year, have added 
firepower for 2016. Stefano Pinho, the 2015 Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner, 
swapped the sun of Fort Lauderdale for the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Lance Laing, 
a Jamaican international and dangerous attacking threat on the left, also signed 
with Minnesota in the offseason from FC Edmonton.
  “We certainly have the firepower to achieve what we’re trying to achieve: 
winning a championship,” said Carl Craig, who takes over from Manny Lagos 
as Minnesota’s Coach. Lagos moved to the front office as the club’s sporting 
director.
  The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are another side that has reached the postseason 
two straight seasons. After losing in the final in 2014, the Strikers fell to 
eventual champions, the Cosmos, in the semifinals in 2015. The club has added 
experienced players such as Kléberson and Aurelio Saco Vértiz, and exciting 
talent like Matheus Carvalho, who recently played for AS Monaco in the UEFA 
Champions League.
  Caio Zanardi, the club’s Coach and general manager, knows that 2016 will be 
competitive.
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  “The level is always very strong with the Cosmos, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay” 
he said. “You have Carolina and it’s always complicated to play against them, 
there’s Edmonton, and Miami FC and Rayo OKC are new teams as well. All the 
teams will not be easy or simple to play against.”
  The Tampa Bay Rowdies narrowly missed the postseason, finishing just two 
points behind the Strikers for the fourth and final spot. The club added Tom 
Heinemann and quality midfielders, including Kalif Alhassan, Michael Nanchoff, 
and Junior Burgos. The Rowdies also re-signed Freddy Adu.
  “We’re excited to get underway as we know it will be another competitive 
season,” Rowdies Coach Stuart Campbell said. “From a Rowdies perspective, we 
are looking to improve based off of last season.”
  The Carolina RailHawks and FC Edmonton both aim to improve on mid-table 
finishes in 2015. The RailHawks embark on their first season under Steve Malik’s 
ownership and have built a strong squad. The club signed defenders Paul Black 
and Kareem Moses, and has added another attacking option in Brian Shriver, 
who won the 2013 Golden Boot with Carolina and will call WakeMed Soccer Park 
home once more. 
  “It will be important for us to put a strong team in the field that has a chance 
to win the championship and reflect all the positive changes we have gone 
through since our new owner came on board,” RailHawks Coach Colin Clarke 
said.
  FC Edmonton has also improved its squad. The experienced fullback Adam 
Eckersley and forward Jake Keegan, who scored more than 30 goals in the past 
two years in Ireland, have bolstered the squad – one that Edmonton Coach Colin 
Miller believes is the best the club has put together.
  “This is the most exciting group of players we have been able to assemble at 
FC Edmonton and we know that the league is getting better every year and that 
the teams are strengthening their squads,” he said.
  In the club’s second season, Indy Eleven showed flashes of promise in 2015, 
but also signs of a club still trying to find its footing. With a new coach in the 
experienced Tim Hankinson, the club has been revamped with experienced 
players. The veterans Jon Busch, Lovel Palmer, and several players from 
Ottawa’s squad from last year – Colin Falvey, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, and Nicki 
Paterson – have moved to the Circle City. The club has also held onto promising 
youngsters in Dylan Mares and Duke Lacroix.
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   “We looked at what players we had 
options on from last year that we 
felt were good professionals and had 
gained starting level experience and 
retained as many of those as we could,” 
Hankinson said. “In trying to improve 
the overall roster most of these players 
were planned to move into support 
positions, which allowed me to go out 
and basically recreate a starting lineup 
with new players.”
   Off the field last year’s expansion 
side, Jacksonville Armada FC, had 
tremendous success. On the field, the 
club showed the struggles that expansion 
teams often face, finishing at the bottom 
of the NASL’s Combined Standings. 
The squad’s fortunes for the upcoming 
campaign have been placed in the 
hands of the former U.S. international 
goalkeeper Tony Meola. It’s a squad that is built to win, and win now.
  “The goal and I probably have the same goal all the other teams in the league 
have and that’s to win a championship,” Meola said. “We know that there are a lot 
of steps we have to take.
  “We ended up at the bottom last year and the goal is to flip the table for us and 
end up somewhere at the top. It’s going to take a lot of hard work. We’re not there 
yet, but we know where we want to go.”
  The NASL is poised to build from an exciting finish in 2015 in which nearly 
all league clubs remained in contention for a postseason berth late in the season. 
With the addition of three new clubs – and owners such as Riccardo Silva and 
Paolo Maldini, Anthony, and Rayo Vallecano of Spain’s La Liga – quality extends 
league-wide, from the playing field to the front office to the owners’ suites. Only 
four teams qualify for The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason 
tournament, which means that 2016 promises to be nothing short of a dogfight.
  “The best part of 2016 will be welcoming the three new teams and new groups 
of supporters in Miami, Puerto Rico, and Oklahoma City,” Commissioner Peterson 
said. “All three clubs come into the NASL with globally recognized ownership 
groups and will contribute increasing our already highly competitive matches. It’s 
going to be so competitive on the field.”
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Indy Eleven ready for 2016 campaign

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Chairman/Owner: Steve Malik 
President: Curt Johnson 
Coach (Country), NASL Year, Record: 
Colin Clarke (NIR), 6th, 57-37-44 
Founded (Joined NASL): 2006 (2011) 
2015 Record: Spring Season 3-5-2 (14 pts), Third Place; 
Fall Season 6-3-11 (21 pts), Seventh Place 
Metro Area: 1�63 million 
Website: www�carolinarailhawks�com 
Twitter: @RailHawksFC 
Club Address: 5501 Dillard Drive Cary, N�C� 27518
Carolina RailHawks (CAR)

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The Carolina RailHawks finished sixth in the Combined 
Standings, and with Jacksonville, conceded the most goals (49) 
last year.
To strengthen their backline, the RailHawks signed Simon 
Mensing, Paul Black, Kareem Moses, and Drew Beckie, all whom 
played in the league a year ago. Carolina also re-signed the 
captain Connor Tobin and Kupono Low to shore up the back line.
“We’ve had great signings during the offseason with lots of 
talented and strong players,” RailHawks Coach Colin Clarke 
said. “Some of them are coming back to the team and have been 
successful with the RailHawks in the past. We are very excited 
about the team and are looking forward to the 2016 season.”
South African Tiyi Shipalane, who shared the NASL’s assist  leadership in 2015, 
is back for another season with RailHawks

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Mar. 26 
vs. CD Toluca (MEX)^
SPRING
Sat.  Apr. 2  vs. Minnesota United FC
Sat. Apr. 9 
@ Rayo OKC
Sat. Apr. 16  vs. Ottawa Fury FC
Sat. Apr. 23  @ Tampa Bay Rowdies
Sun. May 1  @ New York Cosmos
Sat. May 7  vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Sat. May 14  vs. Miami FC
Sun. May 22  @ FC Edmonton
Sat. Jun. 4  vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
Sat. Jun 11  @ Indy Eleven
FALL
Sat. July 2  @ Minnesota United FC
Sat. July 9  vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Sat. July 16  @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Fri. July 22  vs. Miami FC
Wed. July 27  @ Ottawa Fury FC
Sun. July 31  @ FC Edmonton
Sat. Aug. 6  @ Jacksonville Armada FC
Sat. Aug. 13  vs. Puerto Rico FC
Sat. Aug. 20  vs. Indy Eleven
Sat. Aug. 27  @ New York Cosmos
Sat. Sept. 3  vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
Sat. Sept. 10  vs. Ottawa Fury FC
Wed. Sept. 14 @ Miami FC
Sat. Sept. 17  @ Tampa Bay Rowdies
Sat. Sept. 24  vs. FC Edmonton
Wed. Sept. 28 vs. New York Cosmos
Sun. Oct. 2  @ Rayo OKC
Sat. Oct. 8  vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Wed. Oct. 12  vs. Rayo OKC
Sat. Oct. 15  @ Indy Eleven
Sat. Oct. 22  vs. Minnesota United FC
Sat. Oct. 29  @ Puerto Rico FC 
DATE OPPONENT
DATE OPPONENT
2016 Carolina RailHawks Schedule
WakeMed Soccer Park (10,000) 

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Nazmi Albadawi 

5-9 
08/24/1991 
Raleigh, N.C.
Paul Black 

6-0 
01/18/1990 
Middleton, England
Drew Beckie 

6-1 
09/30/1990 
Regina, Saskatchewan
Marvin Ceballos 

5-5 
04/22/1992 
Amatitlan, Guatemala
Austin da Luz 

5-10 
10/09/1987 
Winston-Salem, N.C. 
Akira Fitzgerald 
GK 
5-11 
07/17/1987 
Baltimore, Md.
Aly Alberto Hassan 

6-2 
05/15/1989 
Weston, Fla.
Kupono Low 

5-11 
12/27/1978 
Fremont, Calif.
James Marcelin 

6-2 
06/13/1986 
St. Marc, Haiti
Simon Mensing 

6-2 
06/27/1982 
Wolfenbüttel, Germany
Steven Miller 

5-11 
09/12/1989 
Elkins Park, Penn.
Kareem Moses  

6-1 
02/11/1990 
Morvant, Trinidad & Tobago
Alex Pérez 

6-2 
08/11/1991 
Madrid, Spain
Billy Schuler 

5-11 
04/27/1990 
Hamilton, N.J. 
Tiyiselani Shipalane 

5-11 
10/05/1985 
Tzaneen, South Africa
Brian Shriver 

5-9 
08/05/1987 
Clearwater, Fla.
Brian Sylvestre 
GK 
6-5 
12/19/1992 
Hollywood, Fla.
Connor Tobin 

6-2 
02/11/1987 
Fort Collins, Colo.
Matt Watson 

6-0 
01/01/1985 
Redditch, England.
PLAYER 
POS  HEIGHT DOB 
HOMETOWN
2016 Carolina RailHawks Roster
*As of March 21, 2016
Nazmi Albadawi (left), was third On team in scoring in last year. 
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3/8 
vs. Seoul E-Land FC (KOR)^ 
0-0 D (5-4 pk) 
1,957
Spring
4/4 
vs. Ottawa Fury FC  
3-1 W 
5,190
4/12 
@ FC Edmonton 
1-1 D 
2,492
4/18 
vs. Atlanta Silverbacks 
1-2 L 
4,489
4/25 
@ Indy Eleven 
1-1 D 
10,524
5/2 
vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies 
1-1 D 
4,042
5/9 
@ San Antonio Scorpions 
0-1 L 
7,252
5/16 
vs. New York Cosmos 
2-2 D 
7,217
5/23 
@ Fort Lauderdale Strikers 
0-1 L 
4,801
5/27 
vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)* 
0-1 L 
1,463
5/30 
@ Jacksonville Armada FC 
4-0 W 
8,573
6/6 
vs. Minnesota United FC 
1-1 D 
4,863
Fall
7/4 
vs. Minnesota United FC 
3-1 W 
3,075
7/8 
vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers 
1-1 D 
3,055
7/11 
@ Indy Eleven 
1-2 L 
9,629
7/18 
vs. San Antono Scorpions 
3-2 W 
4,180
7/26 
@ Ottawa Fury FC 
1-2 L 
5,175
8/1 
vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies 
1-1 D 
6,191
8/12 
@ Jacksonville Armada FC 
0-3 L 
5,652
8/16 
@ FC Edmonton 
0-3 L 
2,022
8/22 
vs. New York Cosmos 
1-3 L 
5,129
8/30 
@ New York Cosmos 
2-3 L 
5,257
9/4 
vs. Atlanta Silverbacks 
2-0 W 
4,021
9/9 
@ San Antonio Scorpions 
3-3 D 
4,105
9/12 
@ Minnesota United FC 
1-3 L 
8,222
9/19 
@ Atlanta Silverbacks 
1-2 L 
4,322
9/26 
vs. Ottawa Fury FC 
1-3 L 
3,374
10/10 
vs. Jacksonville Armada FC 
3-0 W 
3,424
10/14 
vs. FC Edmonton 
2-1 W 
3,558
10/17 
@ Fort Lauderdale Strikers 
0-4 L 
2,998
10/24 
@ Tampa Bay Rowdies 
0-1 L 
6,973
10/30 
vs. Indy Eleven 
3-1 W 
6,272
2015 RailHawks Regular Season Results
*Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.  ^International Friendly
DATE 
OPPONENT 
SCORE ATTENDENCE
NASL Combined Standings Record: 9-8-13 (Sixth Place)

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2015 RailHawks Regular Season Stats
PLAYER 
POS  GP/S 
G  
A  
PTS  
Y  
R  
MIN 
Nacho 
Novo 

25/21 
11 2 24 6  2 1887
Tiyi 
Shipalane 

28/27 7 9 23 0  0 2335
Nazmi 
Albadawi  M 
24/23 6 3 15 6  0 1913
Neil 
Hlavaty 

29/29 
4 1 9 2  0 2420
Austin Da Luz 

20/19 





1713
Mark 
Anderson  M 
16/10 
2 2 6 3  0  
904
Simone Bracalello 

13/5 





 433
Conner 
Tobin 

29/28 
2 0 4 5  1 2542
Blake 
Wagner  D 
22/17 
2 0 4 4  0 1492
Futty 
Danso 

19/17 
1 1 3 1  0 1513
Leo Osaki 

15/10 





 948
Daniel 
Scott 

15/14 
1 0 2 2  2 1240
Tyler Engel 

9/3 





 404
Alex Pérez 

5/5 





 403
Kupono 
Low 

23/22 
0 1 1 5  0 1970
Austen King 

6/5 





 505
Daniel Jackson 

3/3 





 213
Wes 
Knight 

16/16 
0 0 0 0  0 1440
Wells 
Thompson  F 
16/10 
0 0 0 3  2  
877
Christopher Nurse 

15/7 





 610
Steven Miller  

5/5 





 450
Dzenan Catic 

10/2 





 259
Bradlee Baladez 

4/2 





 245
Jamie Dell 

4/0 





  90
Gabriel Da Silva 

4/0 





  85
Jack Coleman 

3/0 





  28
Mamadee Nyepon 

2/0 





  11
GOALKEEPER  GP/S 
GAA  
GA  
SV 
W-D-L 
SO   Y  
R  
MIN  
Hunter Gilstrap 
9/9 
1.22 
11 
27 
2-4-3 



 810
Akira 
Fitzgerald 
21/21 1.81 38  80 7-4-10 4 2 0 1890
 
OWN GOALS 
Daniel Scott - vs. Indy Eleven on April 25th; vs. Minnesota United FC on Sept. 12th 
Futty Danso - vs. New York Cosmos on May 16th

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Owners: Tom Fath, Dave Fath 
Coach (Country), NASL Year, Record: 
Colin Miller (CAN), 4th, 25-27-30 
Founded (Joined NASL): 2010 (2011) 
2015 Record: Spring Season 2-3-5 (9 pts), Tenth Place; 
Fall Season 7-5-8 (26 pts), Fifth Place 
Metro Area: 1�16 million 
Website: www�fcedmonton�com 
Twitter: @FCEdmontonNow 
Club Address: 9725-62 Avenue; Edmonton, Alberta T6E 0E4
FC Edmonton (FCE)

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FC Edmonton finished in the middle of the Combined 
Standings a year ago, but there are clear signs the club is 
headed toward bigger and better things in 2016. 
The Eddies re-signed Sainey Nyassi and Dustin Corea, 
and along with the signing of the Canadian international 
Nik Ledgerwood, will have plenty of experience in the 
midfield. Edmonton also added depth to its back line with 
Adam Eckersley, and another goalscorer in Jake Keegan, 
who scored 30 goals in all competitions over the past two 
years in Ireland.
“This is the most exciting group of players we have been 
able to assemble at FC Edmonton and we know that the 
league is getting better every year and that the teams are 
strengthening their squads,” FC Edmonton Coach Colin 
Miller said.
Honduran native Cristian Raudales will once again be key to Eddies midfield

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Sun. Mar. 13  @ Patrick Thistle FC (SCO)^ 2-0 W
Tue. Mar. 15  @ Airdrieonians FC (SCO)^ 2-1 W
Thu. Mar. 17  @ Newcastle (ENG)^ 2-2 D
Tue. Mar. 22  @ Queens Park FC (SCO)^
Fri Mar. 28  @ Newcastle U-21
SPRING
Sat. Apr. 2   @ Rayo OKC
Sun. Apr. 10  vs. Minnesota United FC
Sat. Apr. 16  @ Tampa Bay Rowdies
Sun. Apr. 24  vs. Ottawa Fury FC
Wed. May 4  @ Jacksonville Armada FC
Sat. May 7  @ Indy Eleven
Wed. May 11  vs. Ottawa Fury FC*
Sun. May 15  vs. New York Cosmos
Wed. May 18  @ Ottawa Fury FC*
Sun. May 22  vs. Carolina RailHawks
Sat. May 28  @ Miami FC
Sun. Jun. 12  vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
FALL 
Sat. July 2  @ Rayo OKC
Sun. July 10  vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Sun. July 17  vs. Ottawa Fury FC
Sat. July 23  @ Indy Eleven
Wed. July 27  vs. New York Cosmos
Sun. July 31  vs. Carolina RailHawks
Sat. Aug. 6  @ Puerto Rico FC
Sun. Aug. 14  vs. Minnesota United FC
Sat. Aug. 20  @ Tampa Bay Rowdies
Sun. Aug. 28  vs. Puerto Rico FC
Fri. Sept. 2  @ Ottawa Fury FC
Sun., Sept. 11 vs. Miami FC
Wed. Sept. 14 vs. Rayo OKC
Sat. Sept. 17  @ New York Cosmos
Sat. Sept. 24  @ Carolina RailHawks
Wed. Sept. 28 @ Jacksonville Armada FC
Sun. Oct. 2  vs. Indy Eleven
Sun., Oct. 9  vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Wed. Oct. 12  @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Sat. Oct. 15  @ Minnesota United FC
Sun. Oct. 23  vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
Sat. Oct. 29  @ Miami FC 
DATE OPPONENT
DATE OPPONENT
2016 FC Edmonton Schedule
Clarke Field (5,000)

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Marko Aleksic 

6-4 
09/10/1996 
Belgrade, Serbia
Tomi Ameobi 

6-3 
08/16/1988 
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Dustin Corea 

5-7 
03/12/1992 
Los Angeles, Calif.
Pablo Cruz 

5-7 
12/30/1991 
Pasadena, Calif.
Papé Diakité 

6-3 
12/22/1992 
Dakar, Senegal
Eddie Edward 

6-0 
09/20/1988 
Ottawa, Ontario
Tyson Farago 
GK 
6-1 
05/01/1991 
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Daryl Fordyce 

6-0 
01/01/1987 
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nathan Ingham 
GK 
6-2 
06/27/1993 
Keswick, Ontario
Sadi Jalali 

6-0 
06/06/1995 
Edmonton, Alberta
Ritchie Jones 

6-1 
09/26/1986 
Manchester, England
Jake Keegan 

5-9 
04/21/1991 
Stormville, N.Y.
Nik Ledgerwood 

5-8 
01/16/1985 
Lethbridge, Alberta
Michael Nonni 

5-9 
11/10/1989 
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Sainey Nyassi  

5-8 
01/31/1989 
Bwiam, Gambia
Jason Plumhoff 

6-0 
08/09/1991 
Rosenheim, Germany
Cristian Raudales 

5-8 
10/03/1989 
Bradenton, Fla.
Mallan Roberts 

6-2 
06/06/1992 
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Gustavo S. Correira 

5-11 
07/07/1985 
Maceió, Brazil
Shamit Shome 

5-9 
09/05/1997 
Edmonton, Alberta 
Johann Smith 

5-10 
04/25/1987 
Hartford, Conn.
Matt Van Oekel 
GK 
6-3 
09/20/1986 
Chesapeake, Va.
Albert Watson 

6-0 
09/08/1985 
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Allan Zebie 

5-7 
05/29/1993 
Paris, France
PLAYER 
POS  HEIGHT DOB 
HOMETOWN
2016 FC Edmonton Roster
*As of March 21, 2016
FC Edmonton aims to be a contender for The Championship in 2016

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Spring
4/4 
@ Jacksonville Armada FC 
1-3 L 
16,164
4/11 
vs. Carolina RailHawks 
1-1 D 
2,492
4/19 
vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers 
3-2 W 
2,351
4/22 
@ Ottawa Fury FC* 
3-1 W 
2,402
4/29 
vs. Ottawa Fury FC* 
3-1 W 
1,858
5/3 
vs. Minnesota United FC 
2-2 D 
2,986
5/10 
@ New York Cosmos 
2-4 L 
3,383
5/13 
@ Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS)* 
1-1 D 
15,183
5/17 
vs. San Antonio Scorpions 
2-3 L 
2,236
5/20 
vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS)* 
1-2 L 
3,803
5/24 
vs Atlanta Silverbacks 
4-2 W 
3,756
5/29 
@ Ottawa Fury FC 
0-0 D 
5,064
6/6 
@ Tampa Bay Rowdies 
0-2 L 
4,961
6/13 
@ Indy Eleven 
0-3 L 
10,202
Fall
7/5  
vs. San Antonio Scorpions 
4-0 W 
1,112
7/11 
@ Fort Lauderdale Strikers 
1-1 D 
3,816
7/15 
@ San Antonio Scorpions 
2-2 D 
4,912
7/18 
@ Tampa Bay Rowdies 
1-0 W 
5,496
7/26 
vs. Atlanta Silverbacks 
1-3 L 
4,232
8/2 
vs. Ottawa Fury FC 
0-1 L 
1,626
8/5 
vs. Indy Eleven 
2-0 W 
3,120
8/8 
@ Minnesota United FC 
1-1 D 
9,077
8/16 
vs. Carolina RailHawks 
3-0 W 
2,022
8/23 
vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers 
0-2 L 
3,110
8/29 
@ Atlanta Silverbacks  
0-1 L 
3,601
9/6 
vs. Minnesota United FC 
1-1 D 
3,156
9/13 
vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies 
1-0 W 
4,160
9/19 
@ Indy Eleven 
2-0 W 
9,840
9/27 
vs. New York Cosmos 
2-1 W 
4,240
10/4 
@ Ottawa Fury FC 
0-2 L 
6,050
10/11 
@ New York Cosmos 
0-3 L 
4,286
10/14 
@ Carolina RailHawks 
1-2 L 
3,558
10/17 
@ Jacksonville Armada FC 
2-3 L 
6,503
10/25 
vs. Jacksonville Armada FC 
1-1 D 
2,730
2015 Edmonton Regular Season Results
*Amway Canadian Championship.  ^International Friendly.
DATE 
OPPONENT 
SCORE ATTENDENCE
NASL Combined Standings Record: 9-8-13 (Seventh Place)

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2015 Edmonton Regular Season Stats
PLAYER 
POS  GP/S 
G  
A  
PTS  
Y  
R  
MIN 
Lance 
Laing 

20/19 8 7 23 5  0 1696
Daryl 
Fordyce 

21/17 8 1 17 0  1 1537
Tomi 
Ameobi 

18/11 7 2 16 1  0 1067
Ritchie 
Jones 

22/19 
4 1 9 4  1 1681
Sainey 
Nyassi  M 
21/11 
3 3 9 1  0 1106
Ritchie 
Jones 

22/19 
4 0 8 4  1 1658
Albert 
Watson  D 
28/28 
2 1 5 5  1 2464
Dustin 
Corea 

15/14 
1 3 5 1  0 1115
Michael Nonni 

15/9 





 678
Sadi Jalali 

8/5 





 502
Cristian 
Raudales M 
26/22 
1 0 2 8  1 1909
Mallan 
Roberts  D 
21/21 
1 0 2 1  0 1890
Kareem 
Moses  D 
21/19 
1 0 2 7  0 1805
Hanson Boakai 
M  
13/2 





 328
Johann 
Smith  D 
23/22 
0 2 2 4  0 1894
Chad Burt 

8/6 





 511
Eddie Edward  

26/26 





2238
Allan 
Zebie 

21/18 
0 0 0 0  0 1620
Thiago De Freitas 

13/11 





 913
Tomas Granitto 

14/8 





 774
Frank Jonke 

16/7 





 691
Pablo Cruz 

12/6 





 571
Oskar Hauksson 

1/0 





   18
Bruno Zebie 

1/0 





   13
GOALKEEPER  GP/S 
GAA  
GA  
SV 
W-D-L 
SO   Y  
R  
MIN  
Matt 
VanOekel 25/24 1.47 36  58 8-6-10 6 0 0 2205
John 
Smits  4/4  1.50 6  12 1-1-2 1 0 0 360
Tyson 
Farago 2/2  1.50 3  10 0-1-1 0 0 0 180 
 
OWN GOALS 
Kareem Moses, vs. Tampa Bay on Apr. 12th 

2016 NASL Media Guide
Principal Owner: Paulo Cesso


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