July 8, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
Puerto Rico FC (0-0-1, 1 pt) at Jacksonville Armada FC (1-0-1, 1 pt)@ Community First Park, Jacksonville, Fla. 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3 - U.S./NASL.com - Canada/CW17 - Jacksonville/ WAPA 2 - Puerto Rico)
Jacksonville Armada FC and Puerto Rico FC are both coming off 1-1 draws in their Fall Season openers.
Goalkeeper Sean Lewis made his NASL debut and turned in a tremendous performance, stopping 10 shots in the game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Back at home, several players could potentially make their debuts after the club recently acquired Swedish pair Alexander Andersson and Nicklas Maripuu as well as Jason Plumhoff. All three signings were brought in to bolster the Armada FC's attack. Jacksonville has drawn its last four games.
Puerto Rico FC was moments away from a debut win last Saturday, but the club had to settle for a point after Spring Season Champion Indy Eleven scored a late equalizer to spoil what would have been a dream result in professional soccer's return to the Caribbean island. Puerto Rican international Héctor Ramos notched the first goal in club history, and now it heads on the road in search of its first ever win.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (0-0-1, 1 pt) at Carolina RailHawks (0-1-0, 0 pts) @ WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3 - U.S./NASL.com - Canada/TWC SportsChannel - North&South Carolina/WRAL2 Cary&Raleigh)
Tampa Bay Rowdies forward Georgi Hristov carried his hot form at the end of the Spring Season into the Fall Season opener, scoring his fourth goal of the year in a 1-1 draw with Jacksonville Armada FC. The draw stretched Tampa Bay's unbeaten run to four games.
The Carolina RailHawks will want to erase their Fall Season opener from their minds after losing 5-1 to Minnesota United. Carolina has hit a rough patch after winning its first four games to start 2016. Forward Matt Fondy joined the club from Jacksonville, but missed the first game due to injury. Carolina will now hope to pick up momentum before playing Premier League side West Ham United FC in a midweek friendly.
Minnesota United (1-0-0, 3 pts) at Indy Eleven (0-0-1, 1 pt) @ Carroll Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind. 7:30 p.m. ET (beIN SPORTS - U.S., Canada/ beIN SPORTS CONNECT - U.S., Canada/WISH-TV - Indianapolis/MY29 - Twin Cities)
Indy Eleven remained unbeaten for an 11th straight league game after showing the side's resolve once more, finding a late equalizer in Puerto Rico. Indy has scored seven goals in the last 15 minutes in 2016. Recent acquisition Souleymane Youla marked his NASL debut with a 92nd-minute equalizer against Puerto Rico FC. The Eleven had an attacking outburst in its last contest against Minnesota United, picking up a 4-2 win.
Minnesota United, though, had an offensive outburst of its own to open up the Fall Season. The Loons scored five times against the Carolina RailHawks, led by Christian Ramirez's first professional hat trick. Ramirez also had an assist in the game. Minnesota has now scored eight goals in its last two league games, defeating Miami FC 3-1 to close out the Spring Season. The game will also feature the league's two top scorers with Eamon Zayed lining up against Ramirez.
New York Cosmos (1-0-0, 3 pts) at Miami FC (0-0-1, 1 pt) @ Ocean Bank Field, Miami, Fla. 8 p.m. ET (ESPN3 - U.S./NASL.com - Canada), GolTV - U.S./ONE World Sports - U.S./ONEWorldSports.com - U.S., Canada)
Miami FC welcomes the New York Cosmos to Ocean Bank Field, and along with them a few familiar faces. Michael Lahoud and Gabriel Farfán both spent time with the Cosmos during the 2016 Spring Season, and are now donning the blue and orange of Miami FC. Miami has only lost one game in its last five after picking up a 1-1 draw against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the South Florida Derby.
New York earned its only away win in the Spring Season in Miami, claiming a 3-0 win, in which recent Miami acquisition Farfán scored. The Cosmos earned a 2-1 win to start the Fall Season against Ottawa Fury FC. New York boss Giovanni Savarese rotated his squad last weekend, but could return the usual suspects to the starting lineup on Saturday.