The NASL club dropped a 2-0 decision to Don Bosco FC in front of a sold-out crowd in Parc St. Theresa in Haiti over the weekend.
The narrow turf field and speed of Don Bosco proved a challenge early as the team struggled to find quality shots.
Strikers keeper Lionel Brown made two great saves in the first 15 minutes, keeping the team in the game. The Strikers' Martin Nuñez, Shawn Chin and Mark Anderson all took several shots early, but were unable to find their mark.
Don Bosco scored 18 minutes into the match on a header by Don Bosco's Benji Distama to the delight of the crowd.
Just two minutes later, Don Bosco capitalized on a defensive mistake by the Strikers, Delvin Junior took a shot from 30 yards out that went over Brown.
The Strikers were able to settle down after the second score and went into the lockerrooms down 2-0.
After a short lightning delay just minutes into the second half, the Strikers played more aggressively for the final 40 minutes but were unable to score.
The Strikers' best change came in the 70th minute when Nunez received a cross but was unable to put it in the back of the net.
Despite the weather in the second half, the atmosphere at the stadium was festive throughout the entire game. The fans were singing throughout the whole match, and the Haitian crowd would cheer every great move by either team.
The Strikers open the 2014 NASL Spring Campaign hosting the expansion team of the Ottawa Fury FC at Lockhart Stadium on April 12.