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FC New York Hope to have Fish on Friday

June 30, 2011 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - FC New York News Release

QUEENS NY - F.C New York gears up for a long holiday weekend that will start Friday when the Antiqua Barracuda swim in and look to sink their teeth into a bruised and battered squad. The came will be shown on Fox Soccer at 8PM EST. New York is still without strike Graciano Brito (knee). Tadeu Terra is doubtful after a bone bruise suffered during the weeks match at Red Bull arena and keeper Steve Diaz (shoulder) probably will rest. On Independence Monday, July 4th the Charlotte Eagles will swoop in with Coach Mark Steffans. Steffans was one of the New York areas best players in his day and will be returning to home for a 3PM start. New York expects both matches to be difficult especially with the thin squad.

New York drew a 0-0 tie with Richmond last Friday. Earlier in the week they lost a hard fought 2-1 match in the US Open Cup against the New Jersey Red Bulls.

New York's first opponent, the Antiqua Barracuda's(7-7-1 22pts.) expects a surge of supporters from New York's Caribbean community and New York is hoping to claim them for themselves. Antiqua is coming off loses at home to Orlando, sits in fourth place in the American division. The Charlotte (5-4-3 with 18 pts.) are flying high and Coach Steffans loves a home-coming party, expect some fireworks.

New York is looking to gain points this weekend against two tough American league teams, while keeping a watchful eye on action in the National league.The 4th of July holiday will give New York little time to rest and mend as the travel Thursday for a match Friday in Rochester and on to Pittsburgh. Interim Head Coach Paul Shaw was concerned about injuries and fatigue. " Our guys have played well and continue to give their all each and every game. Our back line stifled the Red Bulls and that took alot out of them" Shaw stated. Veteran Owen Morrison has provided some punch of the bench the last three games and that is sorely needed with Brito out. Newly signed Bradly Welch has yet to find the back of the net and Jhonny Arteaga hat trick against PDL side Western Mass is a memory as he has not scored since.

Assistant Coach Tony Noto told the boys at training today " you just gotta go out and play the game. You can rest in September, this weekend we need 6 points".

Tickets for both matches are still available and start at just $12. For more information, call 866-827-0154

Proposed Line-up (unofficial):

GK: Derby Carrillo

DF: David Reed, Kyle Hoffer, Karsten Smith, Sam Craven

MF: Quame Holder, Stephen Roche, Steve Covino,Owen Morrison

FW: Bradly Welch, Jhonny Arteaga

Subs: Sam Stockley,Steven Diaz, Tadeu Terra,Gary Boughton

-- Next home match: July 16h vs. Pittsburgh

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