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NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

August 14, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eleven edges Rayo, keeps league lead

By Soccer News Net Staff

INDY ELEVEN 2, RAYO OKC 1
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven maintained its hold on first place in the NASL Fall Season standings with a 2-1 win over Rayo OKC at Carroll Stadium Saturday night.

The Eleven (6-2-1, 19 points) improved its home streaks to eight consecutive wins and 13 successive games unbeaten, staying ahead of FC Edmonton on goal difference.

Indy captain Colin Falvey scored the deciding goal after Daniel Fernandes was unable to hold a corner kick, Falvey finishing into an empty net in the 84th minute.

Rayo OKC (3-4-2, 13 points) grabbed the lead as Futty Danso scored in the 12th minute. Georgios Samaras was taken down and Michel’s ensuing free kick was volleyed by Danso past Jon Busch.

Dylan Mares equalized when he fired a rebound in in the 41st minute. Fernandes parried Eamon Zayed’s headed shot, Mares converting.

FC EDMONTON 1, MINNESOTA UNITED 0
EDMONTON, Alta. -- FC Edmonton extended its home winning streak to nine games with a 1-0 victory over Minnesota United at Clarke Field Sunday.

Tomi Ameobi scored his second goal of the season in the opening minute of the second half for FC Edmonton (6-1-1, 19 points). Defender Shawn Nicklaw lofted a pass, Daryl Fordyce played the ball back across the face of goal for Ameobi, who finished into an empty net in the 46th minute.

The Loons (3-2-3, 11 points) created several opportunities. Matt VanOekel registered his ninth shutout of the season and the Eddies improved their shutout streak to 354 consecutive minutes. The Eddies’ home winning streak began after losing to Minnesota, 2-0, in the Spring Season.

NEW YORK COSMOS 3, TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 2
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Cosmos overturned a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 win at Shuart Stadium Saturday night.

David Diosa scored in the 93rd minute as the Cosmos (5-2-2, 17 points) upped their home unbeaten streak to 12 games.

The Rowdies (2-2-4, 8 points) came out strong, scoring twice in the first 15 minutes. Joe Cole scored in the 11th minute on an assist from PC. Three minutes later, PC doubled the advantage.

Adam Moffat converted penalty kicks in the 39th and 64th minutes, tying the score.

Moffat and Darnell King received red cards in the 68th minute as tempers flared. The Cosmos’ Jimmy Mulligan headed a shot off the line seconds before the final whistle.

CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 2, PUERTO RICO FC 2
CARY, N.C. -- The Carolina RailHawks rallied for a 2-2 draw with Puerto Rico FC at WakeMed Soccer Park Saturday night.

Matt Fondy scored in the 89th minute for Carolina (2-3-3, 9 points), his header going past David Meves to the bottom corner for his fourth goal of the year.

Omar Bravo scored his third goal of the season in the 40th minute. Tiyi Shipalane sent the ball into space down the right, then cut back to Bravo.

Puerto Rican international Héctor Ramos sent a back heel to Paulo Mendes, who finished from close range in the 52nd minute. Ramos put Puerto Rico FC (1-4-4, 7 points) in front in the 67th minute with a header off Ramon Martin del Campo’s cross past Brian Sylvestre for his sixth goal of the Fall Season.

JACKSONVILLE ARMADA 2, OTTAWA FURY FC 1
OTTAWA -- Jacksonville Armada FC earned a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Fury in Mark Lowry’s coaching debut at TD Place Saturday.

Ottawa (3-5-0, 9 points) took the lead as Danny Mwanga slipped a ball through and Carl Haworth finished for his team-leading sixth goal, firing to the far post past Miguel Gallardo in the 26th minute.

Two minutes later, Alhassane Keita slotted a shot past Romuald Peiser, then scored the deciding goal in the 87th minute as Jacksonville (2-2-5, 8 point) won for the first time on the road.

FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 2, MIAMI FC 0
MIAMI -- The Fort Lauderdale Strikers endured a near four-hour weather delay to take a 2-0 win over Miami FC at Ocean Bank Field in a match that concluded early Sunday morning.

The Strikers (2-5-1, 7 points) took the lead in the 84th minute, Paulo Junior finishing past an on-rushing Daniel Vega after poking the ball away from Wilson Palacios.

Former Italian national team striker Amauri, making his NASL debut as a 76th-minute substitute, added an 86th-minute goal. Amauri chested down Jose Angulo’s cross and sent a half volley past Vega.

Miami (3-2-2, 11 points) failed to produce a shot on goal.

   
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