August 27, 2016
By Soccer News Net Staff
Cosmos rout RailHawks, capture league lead
NEW YORK COSMOS 6, CAROLILNA RAILHAWKS 1
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Cosmos moved into first place in the Fall Standings as Juan Arango and Jairo Arrieta scored twice in a 6-1 win over the Carolina RailHawks at Shuart Stadium Saturday night.
The Cosmos (7-2-2, 23 points) remained unbeaten at home, producing their highest goal total since returning to NASL play in 2013, the result contrasting with their last two games, decided by injury time goals.
Carolina (3-4-3, 12 points) broke on top in the sixth minute as Nazmi Albadawi made a steal and found Matt Fondy, who shot under Jimmy Maurer for his sixth goal of the Fall Season.
Two minutes later, the Cosmos’ pressure paid off, El Salvador international Andrés Flores laying off to Arango, who found the top right corner of the net past Akira Fitzgerald from just inside the penalty area.
Arango scored his ninth goal of the season in the 58th minute, chipping in a rebound of a Sebastían Guenzatti shot. Three minutes later, Arrieta scored a highlight-reel 20-yard chip off the underside of the crossbar.
Flores added the fourth goal, off a deflection, in the 77th minute. Arrieta scored his fifth goal of the season in the 82nd minute. Guenzatti converted his first goal of the season in injury time.
The Cosmos (13-6-2, 41 points) also lead Edmonton, which plays Puerto Rico FC Sunday, by two points in the Combined Standings.
MIAMI FC 1, MINNESOTA UNITED 1
MIAMI -- Miami FC remained in fourth place in the Fall Standings, playing Minnesota United to a 1-1 draw before a 9,739 crowd at Ocean Bank Field Saturday night.
Miami FC, home after playing two successive road matches, has lost once in its last eight games. Both teams played to a draw in their last two games.
Miami FC (4-2-4, 16 points) took the lead in the 51st minute as Kwadwo Poku finished Calvin Rezende’s cross from the left flank past Sammy Ndjock at the far post.
Minnesota (4-3-4 16 points) tied the score seven minutes later as Jamaica international Lance Laing looped a left-foot volley over Daniel Vega and just under the bar.
TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 2, RAYO OKC 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay ended a three-game losing streak and sent Rayo OKC to its third straight loss as Joe Cole scored twice in the Rowdies' 2-0 win at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night.
Tampa Bay (3-6-2, 11 points) missed an opportunity to take the lead early as Rayo OKC (3-4-4, 13 points) goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes dove left to deny a Cole penalty kick. Cole’s lead pass found Georgi Hristov, who was taken down by Richard Menjivar to set up the penalty.
Fernandes made a fingertip save on Eric Avila in the 36th minute.
In the 61st minute. Cole found space, took a pass from Hristov, turned, and sent a shot past Fernandes off the near post. Cole then scored his seventh goal of the season, tapping in the rebound of an Avila shot off a counterattack.