September 10, 2016
Cosmos blank Loons, solidify lead
NEW YORK COSMOS 1, MINNESOTA UNITED 0
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- David Diosa provided the offense and Jimmy Maurer supplied the key defensive stops to lead the New York Cosmos to a 1-0 win over Minnesota United at Shuart Stadium Saturday night.
The Cosmos extending their unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2) and home undefeated streak to 18 matches (16-0-2). New York also solidified its lead atop the NASL overall (15-6-3, 48 points) and fall standings (9-2-3, 30 points) with six games remaining in the regular season. Minnesota (10-8-6, 36 points/5-4-5, 20 points) had a four-match unbeaten streak snapped.
Diosa scored a spectacular 32nd-minute goal, his third of the year. Midfielder Ruben Bover sent a right-wing cross, Diosa volleying a left-footer from a difficult angle on the left of the penalty area into the far post past Sammy Ndjock.
Maurer made six saves en route to his 11th shutout of the season and third in a row.
FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 2, INDY ELEVEN 1
LAUDERHILL, Fla. -- The Fort Lauderdale Strikers used goals from Brazilian forwards Paulo Junior and Maicon Santos on either side of halftime to take a 2-1 win over the Indy Eleven at Central Broward Stadium Saturday night.
Justin Braun's 88th-minute goal pulled Indy Eleven (6-5-3, 21 points/10-5-9, 39 points) within one. The Strikers (4-5-6 16 points/8-8-7, 31 points) extended their unbeaten streak to six games.
Paulo Jr. finished a lengthy run down the right flank with a shot that beat Jon Busch low and inside the far left post.
Maicon Santos upped the lead to 2-0 in the 67th minute. With the Indy back line stretched, Santos carried 20 yards into the left side of the penalty area before cutting inside and firing a low shot inside the far right post past Busch.
Braun made things interesting in the late going, nodding home a Lovel Palmer cross from 10 yards for his fifth goal of the season.
CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 0, OTTAWA FURY 0
CARY, N.C. -- The Ottawa Fury, last year’s Fall Season champions, remained in eighth place after a 0-0 tie with the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Park Saturday night.
The Fury (3-5-6 14 points/5-8-11, 23 points) have played to two successive scoreless draws on the road.
Carolina (4-4-4, 16 points/8-6-8, 30) outshot Ottawa, 11-9. Carolina’s Brian Sylvestre made two saves, the Fury’s Romual Peiser made three saves.
PUERTO RICO FC 0, TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 0
BAYAMON, P.R. -- Puerto Rico FC’s winless streak stretched to nine games with a 0-0 tie against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium Saturday night.
Puerto Rico FC (1-7-6, 10 points), in its first season, came close in the 33rd minute when an in-swinging free kick by Paulo Mendes from the left edge of penalty area hit the crossbar.
Tampa Bay (3-4-6, 13 points/7-8-8, 29 points) threatened late, a Joe Cole free kick deflected.