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NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

July 16, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Loons snap Indy's streak


TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 3, PUERTO RICO FC 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joe Cole and Eric Avila carried the Tampa Bay Rowdies with a pair of spectacular goals in a 3-0 home win over Puerto Rico FC at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night.

Cole’s goal, in the 10th minute, a bicycle kick from 15 yards out that looped over PRFC goalkeeper David Meves and into the net gave the Rowdies (1-1-1, 4pts) an early lead.

Avila’s goal, 15 minutes later, was special in its own right. Avila received the ball from Georgi Hristov 22 yards from goal and turned to face the net before casually bending it around Meves and tucking into in the upper 90 in pinpoint fashion.

Tommy Heinemann added a third in second-half stoppage time.

Puerto Rico FC (0-2-2, 2pts) completed a difficult three-game road trip that began with a loss at Jacksonville, a draw at Rayo OKC after leading 2-0 late, and the loss to the Rowdies.
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RAYO OKC 3, NEW YORK COSMOS 0
YUKON, Okla. -- Rayo OKC handed the New York Cosmos their first loss of the North American Soccer League fall season Saturday night, recording a 3-0 win at Miller Stadium Saturday night.

The magic of former Portuguese international Michel sparked OKC as he converted a penalty kick and scored off a free kick within a 16-minute span in the second half. Substitute Georgios Samaras added a goal in stoppage time for the winners.

The defeat left the Cosmos at 3-1 for the new season and 9-5 overall. Rayo (5-4-5, 2-2-0) won only its second home game of the year, raising its record to 2-3-3.
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MINNESOTA UNITED 2, INDY ELEVEN 0
BLAINE, Minn.---Minnesota United ended Indy Eleven’s NASL record-tying 13-game undefeated streak, scoring twice in the opening minutes to earn a 2-0 win in front of a franchise record crowd of 9,460 at the National Sports Center Stadium Saturday night.

The Loons (2-1-0, 6 pts) were the only opponent to put up multiple goals on Indy (2-1-1, 7 pts) in its first 13 league games during in a 4-2 Indy win back on May 21, and they quickly repeated the feat within the game’s opening six minutes.

It was the NASL’s leading scorer, Minnesota forward Christian Ramirez, doing the deed both times, first making up for his stopped penalty kick by Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch last weekend by slamming home another spot kick attempt just three minutes in, this one earned when Greg Janicki was adjudged to have taken down Danny Cruz inside the area.

Ramirez doubled the advantage in the sixth minute when he got on the end of Stefano Pinho’s bouncing cross to the far right post, cutting inside his mark to easily finish from the doorstep to put Indy in a hole it couldn’t recover from.
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CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 1, FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 0
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Carolina RailHawks defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-0 at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday night.

A first-half goal by Brian Shriver, assisted by Matt Fondy, proved to be enough to propel Carolina (2-1-0, 6pts) to victory. Fort Lauderdale (0-3-1, 1pt) finished the match down a man as Ramon Nuñez received a second caution in stoppage time. Strikers Head Coach Caio Zanardi was also sent off by the referee in the waning moments of the match.

The lone goal came in the 23rd minute when Tiyi Shipalane made a run into the box handing the ball off to Fondy. The forward flicked it to Shriver who hit the ball past Strikers goalkeeper Diego Restrepo into the back of the net.

Fort Lauderdale’s best chance to tie the match came in the 81st when Nuñez shot from distance only to see his rocket hit the post and bounce back into the RailHawks defense and away from the box.
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MIAMI FC 1, JACKSONVILLE ARMADA 0
MIAMI---Jaime Chavez’ stoppage time goal in the 90+2 minute gave Miami FC a 1-0 win over the man down Jacksonville Armada in a Coastal Cup battle in front of 3,627 fans at FIU Stadium Saturday night.

It was the first victory of the NASL Fall Season for Miami (1-1-1, 4pts). The Armada falls to 1-2-1, 4 pts.

After defender Beto Navarro was shown a red card in the 11th minute for taking down Miami FC forward Dario Cvitanich on a breakaway, the Armada played within its limits and was able to keep Miami FC at bay for most of the match. Then in the second minute of second half stoppage time, Chavez had a blocked Ariel Martinez shot roll right to him and was able to finish.
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