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NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

June 10, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games



Tampa Bay Rowdies (4-2-3, 15 points) at Jacksonville Armada FC (1-5-3, 6 pts)@ Community First Park, Jacksonville, Fla., 4 p.m. ET (ESPN3 – U.S./NASL.com – Canada/CW17 – Jacksonville)
Tampa Bay is one of four teams that can walk away with silverware in the Spring Season, but the Rowdies will need to break down Jacksonville’s defense early and often to make up the necessary goal differential to move into the top spot in the standings. A win by six goals or more is needed for Tampa Bay to win the Spring Season. The Rowdies’ attack has been clicking of late with Joe Cole and Georgi Hristov leading the charge. The Rowdies have won back-to-back league games, most recently a 2-1 victory over Ottawa Fury FC.

Jacksonville has been creating plenty of attacking opportunities of its own, but has yet to really reap the rewards. Welsh youth international Danny Barrow has been a catalyst in recent weeks. After showing positive signs and picking up two draws in a row – the latest in a scoreless affair with the Carolina RailHawks – the Armada FC will have confidence at home against Tampa Bay.

Rayo OKC (3-4-2, 11 pts) at Ottawa Fury FC (2-5-2, 8 pts) @ TD Place, Ottawa, Ontario, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3 – U.S./NASL.com– Canada/Rogers TV – Ottawa/Cox Channel 703– Oklahoma City)
Ottawa closes out the Spring Season at home where the club has been particularly strong, losing just once in 10 games dating back to last year. That one loss, though, came in the club’s last game at TD Place in a 2-1 defeat against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, despite a strong team performance. Fury FC is hoping to finish off the Spring Season in positive fashion against Rayo OKC and end a two-game losing streak in league play after another 2-1 loss to a Florida side, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Despite missing several key players, Rayo OKC pulled out a 1-0 win against Minnesota United, which was a crucial result in the Spring Season title race, ending the Loons’ bid. Tyler Gibson scored his first professional goal in the win as Rayo OKC hopes to build momentum heading into the Fall Season. Derek Boateng (yellow-card accumulation) and Georgios Samaras (red card) will also return to the lineup after serving their one-game suspensions. Leading scorer Michel and Billy Forbes will still be unavailable.

Carolina RailHawks (4-3-2, 14 pts)at Indy Eleven (3-0-6, 15 pts) @ Carroll Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind., 7:30 p.m. ET (ONE World Sports – U.S./ONEWorldSports.com – U.S., Canada/WISH-TV – Indianapolis/TWC SportsChannel – North & South Carolina/WRAL2 Cary& Raleigh)
Indy Eleven continues to find results, heading into the Spring Season finale on a nine-game unbeaten streak. The club, though, will hope the final weekend also brings silverware. The Eleven have the best chance to catch the New York Cosmos at the top of the league, but they will need to win by a margin of three goals, while scoring at least four. The club’s next opponent, the Carolina RailHawks, has been particularly stingy at the back, allowing just one goal in three games. Indy has scored four goals in a game once this Spring Season, which came in a 4-2 win against Minnesota United on May 21.

Carolina goes to Indy wondering what could have been had they defeated Jacksonville Armada FC last weekend instead of a 0-0 draw. If the RailHawks had won its final two games, they could have been crowned Spring Season Champions. Now, Carolina will turn to the role of spoiler, and aim to end the Eleven’s bid at silverware. In the process, Carolina will hope its attack can get back on track after scoring just once in its last four league contests.

Miami FC (1-4-4, 7 pts) Minnesota United (4-4-1, 13pts) @ NSC Stadium, Blaine, Minn., 8 p.m. ET (beIN SPORTS – U.S., Canada/ beIN SPORTS CONNECT – U.S., Canada/MY29 – Twin Cities)
Minnesota United let its chances to win the Spring Season slip away last weekend as two wins in the final two games could have seen the Loons earn silverware. The Loons, though, are currently licking their wounds after three straight defeats and being shut out in the last two. The usual high-flying Loons attack will need to return to form against a Miami FC side that has been improving in recent weeks.

Miami may have stumbled a bit out of the blocks in its first Spring Season, but the club is unbeaten in its last three games (1-2-0). As important as picking up points has been, the strong defensive play is what has stood out. Miami FC has kept clean sheets in all three games of its unbeaten streak. After earning its first overall and home win two weekends ago, the club will now look to mark off another first with a road victory.

   
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