September 14, 2016
Cvitanich helps Miami FC sneak into second place
MIAMI FC 1, CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 0
MIAMI -- Dario Cvitanich scored seconds after entering the match as a second half substitute to give Miami FC a 1-0 win over the Carolina RailHawks at FIU Stadium Wednesday night.
Cvitanich upped his team-leading total to nine goals, stealing from midfielder Matt Watson off a short goal kick just outside the penalty area and finishing past Brian Sylvestre inside the far post in the 77th minute. Miami FC (7-2-4, 25 points Fall/8-7-8, 32 points Combined), which extended its unbeaten streak to six games, moved into a tie with Edmonton for second place in the Fall Standings.
Miami FC threatened early, an Aaron Dennis shot deflected by defender Simon Mensing, Sylvestre recovering to save. The RailHawks (4-5-4, 16 points/8-9-6, 30 points) came close as Nazmi Albadawiís curling shot was saved by a diving Daniel Vega in the 44th minute.
Sylvestre made a diving save at the far post on a 62nd-minute shot by Cuban international Ariel Martinez and another on Dennis in the 69th minute.
Cvitanich, who replaced Dennis, decided the game on a play similar to the one he made in the first half of a 2-0 victory at FC Edmonton Sunday.
FC EDMONTON 0, RAYO VALLECANO 0
EDMONTON, Alta. -- FC Edmonton played to a 0-0 draw with Rayo OKC at Clarke Stadium Wednesday night, remaining five points out of first place with a game in hand.
The Eddies (7-2-4, 25 points), tied with Miami FC, trailing the first-place New York Cosmos, came close on Ben Fiskís shot off the post on the 16th-minute counterattack and a 30th-minute Cristian Raudales shot from outside the penalty area tipped wide by Daniel Fernandes.
Rayo OKC (4-5-5, 17 points/7-9-8, 29 points) rallied as Billy Forbesí 38th-minute close-range attempt was blocked by Matt VanOekel.
Rayo OKC gained momentum in the second half, but the Eddies nearly scored against the run of play as Fernandes knocked away Tomi Ameobiís shot.