Fort Lauderdale CF will be back in action this Sunday, Aug. 15 when it faces Greenville Triumph at home at DRV PNK Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET. The match will air on ESPN+.
“Greenville were champions last year… having [to play] them at home is a really big challenge for our players. They are still one of the top teams this year in terms of the table right now,” said head coach Darren Powell. “We expect them to be very experienced. For us it's a matter of making sure we match any aggression in the game, we want to make sure we show aggression back to our opponent… We need to improve upon our last performance, where we felt we made a couple of unforced errors. We know that this game is going to be very aggressive from our opponent and we just need to make sure we maintain our quality when we have possession of the ball.”
Fort Lauderdale CF is coming off of a hard-fought game on Aug. 1 that resulted in a 2-3 loss to North Carolina FC in which Edison Azcona and Modesto Mendez scored the team’s goal. Inter Miami loanee Sami Guediri and defender Noah Allen both contributed to Azcona’s goal in the first half. In the second half, Mendez scored his first goal of the season with the help from Darion Reyes, who recorded his first assists of the season.
Sunday’s matchup will be the first time Greenville Triumph SC and Fort Lauderdale CF face each other in the 2021 regular season. Triumph forward Marios Lomis currently leads the team and the USL league one scoring charts with 12 goals in the regular season so far. In addition, Triumph goalkeeper, Dallas Jaye, has five clean sheets and is tied with three other USL goalkeepers in first place for the most clean sheets thus far in the 2021 season.
Greenville Triumph SC currently sits in third place in the USL League One standings with 24 points; recording six wins, four losses and six draws to date in the 2021 season. Fort Lauderdale CF, meanwhile, is ranked in ninth place with 19 points, winning five game games, eight losses, and four draws so far in the 2021 campaign. Additionally, Fort Lauderdale CF is in second place for most goals scored with 25 goals, while the Greenville Triumph is in third place with 22 goals.