June 11, 2016
Indy poised to take spring title
TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 1, JACKSONVILLE ARMADA 1
|Eamon Zayed registered a hat trick, putting the INdy Eleven on the cusp of the Spring Championship
JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Armada and the Tampa Bay Rowdies drew 1-1 in front of 4,013 fans at Community First Park on Saturday.
Junior Sandoval’s 52nd-minute missile nearly gave the 10-man Armada an impressive finale to the NASL Spring Season, but Rowdies sub Junior Burgos answered with a long-distance strike of his own in the 84th to tie the score.
The draw kept the Armada (1-5-4, 7pts) unbeaten against in-state foes this year, while driving a stake through the Rowdies’ faint hopes of a league title. Tampa Bay (4-2-4, 16 pts) came in needing to win by at least six goals to have a shot at the Spring Season title .
The Armada took the lead in the 52nd minute, when Sandoval chested down a cross-field pass, let it bounce twice and then lashed a right-footed blast to beat a diving Matt Pickens at the far post.
The Rowdies equalized in the 84th, when Burgos took a pass from Joe Cole and blasted it through traffic and past a diving Miguel Gallardo at the back post.
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RAYO OKC 1, OTTAWA FURY 1
OTTAWA - Rayo OKC scored an early goal, but the Ottawa Fury got a second half equalizer as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw at TD Place Saturday.
Rayo OKC (3-4-3, 12 pts) captured the lead in the second minute after an early miscontrolled pass allowed Rayo striker Ian Svantesson in on goal. The 6-foot-6 striker made no mistake with the opportunity and a fired a low shot past a sprawling Romuald Peiser.
Ottawa (2-5-3, 9 pts) equalized in the 60th minute when Carl Haworth curled a free kick over the OKC wall, striking the inside of the post and rippling the back of the net.
INDY ELEVEN 4, CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 1
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven accomplished exactly what it needed to take over first place in the NASL Spring Season Saturday. Indy, needing at least four goals and a three-goal margin of victory over the Carolina RailHawks, took a 4-1 victory before a 9,341 crowd at Carroll Stadium, overtaking the New York Cosmos for the league lead.
Only one team, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, remains in contention to overtake the Eleven, and the title will not be decided until after the Edmonton-Strikers match at 4 p.m. Sunday, with the Strikers needing to win by six goals or more.
Eamon Zayed’s hat trick, the first by an Indy Eleven (4-0-6, 18 points) player, paced the way as the team moved close to capturing its first trophy and the home game in the opening round of the playoffs.
Zayed opened the scoring in the 15th minute, heading in a cross by Nemanja Vukovic’s c.
Carolina (4-4-2, 14 points) recovered, captain Nazmi Albadawi tying the score in the 29th minute with a 22-yarder past Jon Busch.
In the first minute of stoppage time, another Vukovic cross was redirected past Fitzgerald by Justin Braun.
In the 65th minute, Zayed scored his second goal on a flashing header off a Gordon cross, Fitzgerald tipping the shot off the bar before the ball rolled over the line.
Zayed hit home with a dramatic finish in the 85th minute, sliding in at the back post to convert Duke Lacroix’s low cross, and taking over the league scoring lead with six goals.
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MINNESOTA UNITED 3, MIAMI FC 1
BLAINE, Minn.---Early second half goals by Christian Ramirez and Stefano Pinho led the Minnesota United FC to a 3-1 win over expansion Miami FC in front of 9,102 fans at NSC Stadium Saturday night.
Ibson had a second half stoppage time goal for Minnesota (5-4-1, 16 pts).
Two minutes into the second half, Ramirez found the back of the net to make it 1-0 and five minutes later, Minnesota doubled their lead on Stefano’s goal.
Miami FC (1-5-4, 7 pts) cut the lead in half in the 66th minute. Dario Cvitanich thundered down the right side of the Minnesota penalty area, playing a great ball to Jaime Chavez who was able to tap the ball into an open net to make it 2-1 and Ibson closed it out in stoppage time.
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