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1 – Dan Antoniuk – F – Tampa Bay Rowdies: The veteran forward came off the bench to the detriment of two former clubs, setting up an equalizer in a 1-1 against the Carolina RailHawks and scoring the go-ahead goal in a 1-1 road draw against the Atlanta Silverbacks. Both goals were recorded as being in the 70th minute, with only nine seconds difference.
2 – Pablo Campos – F – San Antonio Scorpions: With a goal and an assist, the expansion side tied Fort Lauderdale 2-2. He ended the new club’s scoreless status with a first-half equalizer four minutes before the break. Then, just as it looked like second home loss in as many games, Campos struck a perfectly-placed long ball beyond the defenders’ reach to an awaiting Hans Denissen, who buried the stoppage time equalizer for the club’s first point at home.
3 – Andy Herron – F – Fort Lauderdale Strikers: Herron gave the Strikers the lead twice on the road in San Antonio, lifting his tally to three for the season. He surprised Pat Hannigan from an acute angle in the 32nd minute and restored the lead six minutes into the second half.
4 – Shaun Saiko – F – FC Edmonton: It may have been the club’s third loss in four outings, but Saiko helped take them a step forward by ending its scoreless status in the fifth minute of the contest with a low shot from 15 yards. After the club gave up two goals down a man, he set up an equalizer with the teams back level at 10 players each, finding Paul Hamilton in the 52nd minute with a great, curling free kick.
5 – Richard Martin – G – Puerto Rico Islanders: The netminder nearly had two shutouts on the week, only to see a strike that was headed wide of goal agonizingly knocked in at the final second by a retreating defender for an own goal. It was the first on his watch this season. He made two saves in both home games, blanking FC Edmonton in a scoreless draw Wednesday and winning, 3-1, against Carolina Saturday.
Five Stars for the Season
1 – Richard Martin – G – Puerto Rico Islanders: Martin had added a third shutout midweek and was headed toward a fourth only to see the first goal allowed on his watch come via an own goal put in by a defender. Previous: 2
2 – Nicholas Addlery – F – Puerto Rico Islanders: He continues to be a force for the Islanders, tallying his third goal in four games Saturday. Previous: 4
3 – Andy Herron – F – Fort Lauderdale Strikers: After scoring the lone goal in the season opener, he was shut out in the second week. On Saturday he struck for both goals in the club’s 2-2 draw on the road. Previous: NR
4 – Stefan Smith – F – Antigua Barracuda: Dropped down in the list due to two idle weeks. He was dangerous in a pair of Round 1 games, sending a shot off the post in a 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh the first night and then scored twice in a 3-1 win two nights later after being fouled for a penalty (missed by Peter Byers). Previous: 1
5 – Miguel Gallardo – G – Orlando City: The starter sat out the opener due to suspension and gave up a goal in a victory his first night out. This week he posted seven saves on the road to blank Richmond in a 2-0 victory in a game delayed in the second half for lightning. Previous: NR
The Next Five: 6 Reinaldo Navia (F, Atlanta), 7 Jonathan Fana (F, Puerto Rico), 8 Jose Cuevas (F, Charleston), 9 Kristian Nicht (G, Rochester), 10 Stanley Nyazamba (M, Richmond)
About Five Stars:
WEEK: The top five professional lower division performers in the North American Soccer League and USL Pro.
SEASON: The top five professional lower division performers cumulatively for the year in the NASL and USL Pro. The list is updated weekly.