August 31, 2016
By Soccer News Net Staff
Eighth time a charm for Cosmos
NEW YORK COSMOS 3, INDY ELEVEN 0
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Cosmos needed eight tries to finally record a victory over the Indy Eleven, a 3-0 decision at Shuart Stadium Wednesday night taking the Cosmos to the top of the NASL Fall Season standings.
The teams had played to six successive draws before the Eleven took a 2-1 win over the Cosmos April 16 in Indianapolis, on the way to winning the Spring Season title.
The Cosmos (8-2-2, 26 points) stretched streaks to six games unbeaten and four wins, also extending their home unbeaten streak to 14 games. The Eleven (6-4-2, 20 points) played with 10 men for most of the second half.
Venezuelan Juan Arango scored twice and missed a penalty kick as the Cosmos dominated the action. The Cosmos took the lead on Spanish midfielder Ruben Bover’s eighth-minute right-footer past Jon Busch off a Jairo Arrieta feed.
Arango converted a penalty kick in 17th minute after midfielder Danny Szetela went down in a clash with defender Nemanja Vukovic.
Arango missed a penalty after Cory Miller was red-carded for a foul on David Diosa in the 53rd minute. But Aranga then bounced a 71st-minute header past a diving Busch off a Bover cross.
FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 0, MINNESOTA UNITED 0
LAUDERHILL, Fla. -- Minnesota United moved into fourth place in the Fall Season standings with a 0-0 tie with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Central Broward Stadium Wednesday night.
The anticipated scoring duel between the Strikers Amauri and Minnesota’s Christian Ramirez never developed, though both teams hit the crossbar.
Minnesota (4-3-5, 17 points) midfielder Jamie Watson rattled the crossbar with a long-range shot in the 30th minute. The Strikers (3-5-3, 12 points) had a chance 11 minutes later, but Sammy Ndjock made a spectacular one-hand save on Brazilian midfielder Adrianinho.
In the second half, both teams created chances, the best in the 73rd minute, when substitute midfielder Ramón Núñez’s shot was tipped off the bar by Ndjock.