May 21, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
Jacksonville Armada FC (1-4-1, 4 pts) at Ottawa Fury FC (1-3-2, 5 pts) @ TD Place, Ottawa, Ontario, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN3 - U.S./ NASL.com - Canada/Rogers TV - Ottawa/CW17 - Jacksonville)
Ottawa Fury FC got off to a slow start this season, but playing in front of the TD Place crowd the past two games has provided the club with a platform to build on. Ottawa won and drew its past two league games, and now remains at home for an encounter with Jacksonville Armada FC. Fury FC recently had its off week, but earned a come-from-behind 2-2 draw against league-leading Minnesota United in its last outing.
Jacksonville currently sits second from the bottom in the Spring Season Standings, and may just be feeling snakebit in front of goal. Tony Meola's men have shown an ability to possess the ball and control the tempo in a majority of the club's games this season, but finding the back of the net has been the issue. Heading to Ottawa, Matt Fondy and Co. are in desperate need of a breakthrough.
Carolina RailHawks (4-2-1, 13 pts) at FC Edmonton (3-2-2, 11 pts) @ Clarke Field, Edmonton, Alberta 4 p.m. ET (ESPN3- U.S./ NASL.com - Canada/City TV - Edmonton/TWC SportsChannel - North, South Carolina/WRAL2 - Cary, Raleigh)
FC Edmonton is unbeaten in its last four league games and has worked itself up to fourth place and two points out of first. The Eddies recently defeated the New York Cosmos, 2-1, after another strong display from center back Papé Diakité, who scored the game-winning goal. The Eddies now match up with Carolina with a chance to leapfrog the RailHawks.
Carolina had a fast start to the Spring Season, but hasn't recorded a win since Week 4. The RailHawks, after two losses and a draw, are still in the thick of the Spring Season title race but they can ill afford to drop more points. Colin Clarke can take some solace in the chances created against Miami FC, despite the 0-0 score line. Carolina goes into the game level on points with both Minnesota and Indy.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (2-1-3, 9 pts) at New York Cosmos (4-3-0, 12pts) @ Shuart Stadium, Hempstead, N.Y. 6 p.m. ET (ONE World Sports - U.S./ONEWorldSports.com - U.S., Canada)
The New York Cosmos continue to have a roller coaster Spring Season. The club will want to end the pattern of two wins then two losses after dropping a 2-1 result against FC Edmonton last Sunday. Yohandry Orozco was lively throughout his 90 minutes and scored the Cosmos' lone tally. All three losses for the Cosmos have come on the road, and they head back to Shuart Stadium to take on their rivals, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, needing to rebound to remain in the thick of the title chase.
Joe Cole made his Rowdies debut last weekend, but Tampa Bay was unable to secure all three points in a 1-1 draw with Rayo OKC. Tampa Bay has attacking depth, but it hasn't yet yielded the goals the club needs to move up in the Spring Season Standings. The Rowdies have scored exactly as many goals (five) as they have conceded. Tampa Bay, though, has a chance to exact some revenge after seeing its 2015 postseason hopes dashed in New York during the final weekend of the Fall Season.