The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are headings to the NASL soccer playoffs, following a dramatic victory against Jacksonville Armada, winning one nil with a goal from Marlon Freitas in the 87th minute.
The Strikers’ victory nailed down the last playoff berth. Needing only a draw to reach the postseason, the Strikers (8-6-6) naturally took few risks.
The official attendance of 9,083 set a stadium record for soccer, but the Armada ends the year with back-to-back home losses after dropping one of its first 13 games in Jacksonville.
The Strikers will go head-to-head with top-seeded team, the New York Cosmos, next Sunday in the league’s semifinals.