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SOUTH FLORIDA SOCCER. Contenders, Pretenders 2016

Gavin Warner and Mario Swaby combined for four of the 9-goal onslaught to leave new team FC Steelers feeling ‘super’, as the CASA league continued at the Lauderhill Sports Complex, Fort Lauderdale, on Wednesday night.

By Aubrey Campbell

Friday, March 18, 2016 – New team FC Steelers kept up their Cinderella form in the Caribbean American Soccer Association (CASA) league for South Florida teams with a 9-0 clobbering of Academy, in a mid-week (Wednesday) fixture at the Lauderhill Sports Complex, Fort Lauderdale.

Mario Swaby
Mario Swaby

Two goals apiece from Mario Swaby and Gavin Warner guaranteed maximum points, a 100 percent win record from five matches and the number one spot atop the ‘super’ league standings, as the season approaches its half way mark.

Against FC Steelers, Team Academy of Coral Springs was over-matched and outclassed departmentally by one of the most rounded teams in the competition. They have so far scored 35 goals, almost three times more than any other team and have the third best defence, with only 5 goals against.

From here, it looks like a four team contest – FC Steelers, Fort Lauderdale Blazers, Albion Plantation and Lauderhill Lions, with the other seven clubs in ‘fantasy land’. Back-to-back champions Lions, who have played four and lost once, cannot be counted out to ‘three-peat’.

Their April 2 meetings with ‘Blazers’,  three times champions and CASA’s Team of the Decade and April 16 face-off with ‘Steelers’, are ‘must see’ matches.

Team Academy will seek to save face against a Miami United outfit that is improving with each game, in the first of Saturday’s (March 19) ‘super’ double bill, which kicks off at 6.15 pm. Following that, two teams in the same boat, ‘winless’ Team Haiti (0 -3) and Lauderhill Juniors (0-4), will take the field in the scheduled 8.15 nightcap.

Lauderdale FC v Lauderhill Lions, is the only games scheduled in the ‘masters’ division with a 4.30 pm, kick-off.

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