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NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

July 2, 2015
NASL ROUNDUP
Minnesota routs RailHawks, Inmdy still unbeaten

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MIAMI FC 1, FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 1
FORT LAUDERDALE---Gale Agbossoumonde scored in the 53rd minute to give the Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 1-1 tie with Miami FC in a Coastal Cup match in front of 1,431 fans at Lockhart Stadium Saturday night.

Miami (1-5-5, 8 pts) took the early lead in the 18th minute when Strikers’ defender Julius James pulled down Ariel Martinez in the penalty area. Referee Mark Geiger, who worked in the last World Cup in Brazil, whistled for the spot kick. Cvitanich beat Strikers’ goalkeeper Diego Restrepo to make it 1-0.

The Strikers (5-3-3, 16 pts) equalized) off a set piece when a corner kick by Gabriel found Agbossoumonde in the penalty area in the 53rd minute. Agbossoumonde headed the ball by Daniel Vega to make it, 1-1.
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INDY ELEVEN 1, PUERTO RICO FC 1
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico – Souleymane Youla scored two minutes into stoppage time to lift the Indy Eleven to a 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico FC in front of 6,474 fans in attendance at the Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel on Saturday night.

The goal by the Guinean international Youla, making his NASL debut, offset a 74th minute goal by Hector Ramos. The tie leaves Spring season champion Indy (4-0-7, 19 pts) undefeated. Puerto Rico was making their NASL debut

Kyle Culbertson’s well-placed cross from the left found a streaking Ramos, who touched past Cory Miller then slammed home on the line to set up a potential dream start to Puerto Rico’s campaign.

Indy got the equalizer when Nemanja Vukovic free kick from five yards outside the corner of the area was placed perfectly to the six, where the substitute Youla headed it home.
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MINNESOTA UNITED 5, CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 1
BLAINE, Minn. -- Christian Ramirez scored a hat trick to lead Minnesota United to a 5-1 win over the Carolina RailHawks at NSC Stadium Saturday night.
Tiago Calvano and Stefano Pinho were the other goalscorers for United .

United opened the scoring in the 20th minute. Calvano played a high lofted ball into the box toward JC Banks, but it was intercepted by Drew Beckie who deflected it back toward Ramirez. Ramirez let it bounce once then hit a cracker from outside the penalty area, dipping down and knocking off the inside of the far bar into the net.

Just four minutes later Ramirez struck again, pouncing on a wayward pass from Connor Tobin and closing in on net all alone against Fitzgerald. Ramirez lifted his head and found the bottom-right corner of the goal.

The Loons struck again before the half, as Justin Davis rushed his throw and found the extended leg of Ramirez, who played a brilliant ball back to a free running Pinho. Pinho took one touch into the box then slotted it home past the outstretched hand of Akira Fitzgerald for his fourth goal of the year.

Calvano made it 4-0 in the 47th minute, meeting a cross from Kevin Venegas and heading it past the near post.
Minnesota went a man down in the 67th minute when Jeb Brovsky received his second yellow of the game.

In the 75th minute Ramirez connected with the cross from Danny Cruz, found a gap to the goalkeeper’s right and buried it in the back of the net for the hat trick.
Carolina found consolation in a 90th minute goal by Matt Watson.

NEW YORK COSMOS 2, OTTAWA FURY 1
HEMPSTEAD, NY – Adam Moffat and Lucky Mkosana struck for first half goals to lead the New York Cosmos to a 2-1 win over Ottawa Fury FC in both team’s North American Soccer League Fall Season opener Saturday night at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.

Ottawa was reduced to 10 men just four minutes after kickoff when referee Geoff Gamble showed goalkeeper Romuald Peiser a straight red card. Peiser clipped Mkosana on a studs-up challenge inside the box.

Moffat then put his low penalty kick to the left of substitute goalkeeper Marcel DeBellis, who replaced Peiser. Although DeBellis guessed correctly, Moffat’s shot was out of reach.

Mkosana gave the Cosmos a 2-0 lead in the first minute of first-half stoppage time. He managed to split a pair of defenders to latch onto a long ball over the top by defender David Ochieng and put in his volley off the bounce from the edge of the six-yard box.

Ottawa pulled within a goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time when Paulo Junior knocked in the rebound of a shot saved by Cosmos goalkeeper Holt. Lance Rozeboom put the initial shot on target.
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JACKSONVILLE ARMADA FC 1, TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Goalkeeper Sean Lewis made ten saves to help the Jacksonville Armada hold onto a 1-1 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in front of a record crowd of 7,690 fans at Al Lang Stadium.

Jacksonville (1-5-5, 8 pts) made a statement early when they got on the board in the 12th minute. Defender Mechack Jerome made a run down the wing and crossed it front of the goal, where a charging Zach Steinberger got a foot on it and put the ball in the back of the net to make it 1-0.

Tampa Bay (4-2-5, 17 pts) tied the match just a minute later on a similar goal from Georgi Hristov. Darnell King slid in a cross for Hristov, who connected with his left foot to send the ball past a diving Lewis to make it 1-1.
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