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NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

July 23, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Puerto Rico nets first win

Soccer News Net staff

OTTAWA FURY FC 2, JACKSONVILLE ARMADA FC 0
JACKSONVILLE — A first half goal from newcomer Thomas Stewart and Carl Haworth's team-leading fourth of the season gave the Ottawa Fury FC a 2-0 win over the Jacksonville Armada at Community First Park Saturday.

Ottawa (1-3-0 Fall, 3 pts., 3-8-3, 12 pts. Combined) broke through in the 37th minute, Olivera darted toward goal with the ball at his feet, then placed a perfect pass to Stewart on the right. Stewart controlled it and calmly finished with his left foot to notch the opening goal.

Haworth doubled the lead in the 60th minute, lashing a shot just inside the far post after a long run from Olivera.

Jacksonville (1-3-1, 4 pts. NASL Fall Season, 2-8-5, 11 pts. Combined), has now lost four straight.
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NEW YORK COSMOS 2, TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rowdies came back from a two goal deficit to tie the New York Cosmos 2-2 at Al Lang Field Saturday night.

Tampa Bay tallied in the 85th minute off an Ayoze own goal and added an equalizing penalty kick by Joe Cole six minutes into stoppage time.

Juan Arango and Yasmani Duk tallied within a 13-minute span in the second to give the Cosmos a 2-0 advantage before the Rowdies' 11th-hour rally.

The Cosmos (3-1-1 overall, 10 points; 9-5-1, 28) registered their first draw of the season. The Rowdies moved to 5-3-6 and 1-1-2, respectively.
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INDY ELEVEN 1, FC EDMONTON 0
INDIANAPOLIS--- Greg Janicki scored the only goal of the game, giving the Indy Eleven a 1-0 win over Edmonton FC at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening.

Indy (3-1-1, 10 pts fall/7-1-7, 21 overall ) goalkeeper Jon Busch tied Eddies’ ‘keeper Matt VanOekel and New York’s Jimmy Mauer atop the league with six clean sheets.
Janicki headed home a Dylan Mares free kick from 25 yards out in the 13 minute after finding space inside the box, putting his side up 1-0.

Edmonton falls to 3-4-4, 13 pts (overall).

MINNESOTA UNITED 3, FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 1
BLAINE, Minn.---Minnesota United got two first half goals and went on to defeat the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-1 at NSC Stadium Saturday night.

Minnesota took the lead in the 13th minute on a 30 yard strike by JC Banks. Christian Ramirez, the NASL goalscoring leader notched his 11th of the season ten minutes later to give the Loons a comfortable 2-0 lead.

The Strikers got on the board in the 54th minute when Paulo Jr. calmly slotted home a Bryan Arguez through ball to cut the lead to 2-1. It was Paulo Jr.’s first goal in his second stint with the Strikers and ended a goalless streak of over 400 minutes for Fort Lauderdale in all competitions.

Minnesota put the game away with a goal against the run of play in minute 70 by Ismaila Jome, a second half substitute. Minutes later Luis Felipe Fernandes was shown his second yellow card reducing Fort Lauderdale to ten men for the duration of match.
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PUERTO RICO FC 1, RAYO OKC 0
BAYAMON, PR---Puerto Rico FC recorded its first ever league victory, knocking off red-hot Rayo OKC 1-0 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium Saturday night.

Héctor Ramos, a Puerto Rican international , made a run in behind Rayo's back line on a through ball from Paulo Mendes in the 53rd minute. From point-blank range, Ramos then fired the ball into the right corner of OKC's net, giving Puerto Rico (1-2-2, 5pts) a 1-0 lead.

The loss ended a six-game unbeaten run for Rayo OKC (2-1-2, 8 pts).




   
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