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NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

August 20, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eddies edge ahead with another 1-0 victory

By Soccer News Net Staff

FC EDMONTON 1, TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 0
TAMPA, Fla. -- FC Edmonton moved atop the Fall Season and Combined NASL standings with a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday.

Daryl Fordyce scored on a 74th-minute penalty kick as the Eddies (7-1-1, 22 points) improved their winning streak to five games, four by 1-0 scores. Edmonton has a 6-1 record in one-goal games during the Fall Season. The Eddies earned the penalty as Darnell King fouled Tomi Ameobi, who had missed a penalty kick in a 1-0 loss to the Rowdies in the Spring Season.

Tampa Bay (2-6-2, 8 points) had several chances, but Matt VanOekel continued his stellar play with nine saves.

NEW YORK COSMOS 2, PUERTO RICO FC 1
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- The New York Cosmos earned a 2-1 comeback win over Puerto Rico FC at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium Saturday night.

Andrés Flores scored on a long-distance blast in the first minute of second-half stoppage time as the Cosmos (6-2-2, 20 points) moved into second place in the Fall Season standings.

Puerto Rican international Héctor Ramos converted off a pass from Paulo Mendes in the 28th minute for his seventh goal of the Fall Season.

New York equalized on Jairo Arrieta’s 62nd-minute goal after a Puerto Rico FC (1-5-4, 7 points) defender headed back for David Meves, who struggled to punch away, then dropped the ball.

CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 3, INDY ELEVEN 2
CARY, N.C. -- The Carolina RailHawks rallied to defeat the Indy Eleven, 3-2, at WakeMed Soccer Park Saturday night.

Former Mexico national team star striker Omar Bravo scored on a second-half stoppage penalty kick after a handball, his fourth goal in six games for the RailHawks (3-3-3, 12 points).

Greg Janicki put Indy (6-3-1, 19 points) ahead with a header past Akira Fitzgerald in the 20th minute. Three minutes later, Matt Fondy tied the score with his his fifth goal of the Fall Season, slotting home off a pass from Nazmi Albadawi.

Eamon Zayed moved within one goal of Minnesota United’s Christian Ramirez’s league-leading 13 goals with a 30th-minute penalty kick, created as Soulemayne Youla was pulled down by Drew Beckie.

Defender Steven Miller equalized with a long-distance shot in the 54th minute.

FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 3, OTTAWA FURY 1
LAUDERHILL, Fla. -- Former Serie A star striker Amauri scored twice as the Fort Lauderdale Strikers took a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Fury in their Central Broward Stadium debut Saturday night.

The Strikers (3-5-2, 11 points) took an 18th-minute lead when Amauri combined with Jose Angulo, who sent a backheel for Amauri to finish.

In the 28th minute, Carl Haworth scored his seventh goal of the year, heading a Maxim Tissot’s cross past Bruno to tie the score. In the 38th minute, Haworth’s penalty kick was saved by Bruno.

Amauri broke the deadlock with a spectacular bicycle kick in the 77th minute. Fury (3-6-0, 9 points) defender Rafael Alves tallied an own goal in the 83rd minute.

MIAMI FC 2 RAYO OKC 1
YUKON, Okla. -- Ariel Martinez scored in the fourth minute of added time to give Miami FC a 2-1 win over Rayo OKC at Miller Stadium Saturday night.

Martinez looped a half volley over Daniel Fernandes.

Rayo OKC (3-3-4, 13 points) grabbed the lead in the 25th minute as Billy Forbes centered for Robbie Findley.

Miami FC (4-4-2, 14 points) equalized on Pablo Campos’ 79th-minute finish of a Blake Smith pass, upping his all-time NASL scoring total to 53 goals.

JACKSONVILLE ARMADA 0, MINNESOTA UNITED 0
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Armada and Minnesota United played to a 0-0 draw at Community First Park Saturday.

Matt Bahner made key stops for Jacksonville (2-5-4, 10 points) on Tiago Calvano in the 42nd minute and Danny Cruz in the 89th minute.

Minnesota (4-3-3, 15 points) played a man down after Ibson was red-carded in the 77th minute.

   
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