September 17, 2016
Soccer News Net staff
Cosmos, Eddies draw stay neck and neck
FC EDMONTON 0, NEW YORK COSMOS 0
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The North American Soccer League’s top two sides battled to a stalemate on Saturday night, as the first-place New York Cosmos extended their home unbeaten run to 17 straight matches with a 0-0 result against second-place FC Edmonton at Shuart Stadium.
The Cosmos (9-4-2, 31 pts Fall/ 15-4-6, 49 pts combined) remained a top of the NASL’s fall Season and combined season standings. Edmonton is 7-2-5, 26 pts Fall/12-5-7, 43 pts combined.
The Cosmos created a handful of scoring opportunities in the first half, the most dangerous of which came in the 20th minute when midfielder Juan Arango earned a free kick from 28 yards. The Venezuelan international hammered the crossbar with his curling shot, missing the top corner of the net by inches.
New York came close to a winner in the 93rd minute, but Eddies goalkeeper Matt VanOekel made a save of David Diosa’s stinging shot toward the near post to seal the result.
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TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 1, CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Eric Avila scored the only goal of the game to give the Tampa Bay Rowdies a 1-0 win over the Carolina RailHawks at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night.
Avila’s goal came on the Rowdies’ first good chance of the match, in the 22nd minute.
Fullback Darnell King took the ball on the right side and raced toward the endline before picking up his head and hitting a square ball back across the six-yard box. Avila, coming in off the left, cut behind Carolina’s Kareem Moses and put the ball past Sylvestre with his first touch to put Tampa Bay ahead 1-0.
With the win, Tampa Bay (4-6-4, 16 pts Fall/8-8-8, 32 pts overall) kept pace in the race for The Championship, the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament. Minnesota United FC and Miami FC both lost on Saturday night, cutting the Rowdies’ deficit to just four points between them and Minnesota in the fourth spot in the NASL Combined Standings. Carolina falls to 4-6-4, 16 pts Fall/8-10-6, 30 pts overall.
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OTTAWA FURY 3, MINNESOTA UNITED 2
BLAINE, Minn.---A trio of Ottawa players scored their first ever goals for the club, as the Fury extended their unbeaten streak to six games with a 3-2 win over Minnesota United at NSC Stadium Saturday.
After trailing 2-1 at halftime, Ryan Williams tallied six minutes from time and four minutes later substitute Danny Mwanga scored to send Ottawa into the lead.
Minnesota United FC drew first blood through a goal from Jamie Watson in the 30th minute when he completed a nice and long through ball from Christian Ramirez giving the Loons a 1-0 lead. Fury FC answered back five minutes later when Giuseppe Gentile took advantage of a turnover in the midfield and fired a shot from distance beating Sammy Ndjock for the equalizer and his first goal since joining Fury FC.
Just before the end of the first half, Christian Ramirez fell in Ottawa's 18-yard box after contact with Rafael Alves and the referee pointed to the spot. Ramirez converted the spot kick for his league-leading 15th goal of the season and ninth lifetime goal against Fury FC sending Minnesota into the half with a 2-1 lead.
INDY ELEVEN 2, MIAMI FC 1
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven used tallies from Dylan Mares and Don Smart - to post a two-goal lead inside the hour mark and held on from there, notching a 2-1 win over a red-hot Miami FC side in front of 9,356 fans at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.
The win ended a five-game unbeaten streak for Indy Eleven and snapped The Miami FC’s undefeated run at six games, reversing each team’s recent fortunes and returning them to neck-and-neck status in the Fall Season standings, the Eleven (24 points) once again nipping at the heels of Miami (25 points) for third place.
A Daniel Vega error resulted in Indy Eleven’s opener in the 25th minute, as Justin Braun cut off the short distribution 35 yards out and into the path of Mares, who carried briefly before snapping off a shot that beat a recovering Vega low and just inside the left post to put the home side up 1-0.
Smart doubled the Eleven advantage in the 57th minute, running onto a Vukovic cross that was nodded on by Zayed, his low-angle shot from the right side of the area taking a deflection and crossing up Vega to sneak inside the near post.
The visitors to gained one back on a set piece in the 67th minute, defender Rhett Bornstein nodding a corner kick towards goal that Rennella finished up inside the six.
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JACKSONVILLE ARMADA FC 3, PUERTO RICO FC 3
BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico – The Jacksonville Armada scored its most goals in a game this season , but Puerto Rico FC had an answer for each strike as Saturday night’s contest ended in a wild 3-3 draw at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium.
Cameroonian striker Charles Eloundou finished with a goal and an assist. Eloundou was responsible for the Armada’s first and last goals, netting a strike in the 29th minute and assisting on Alhassane Keita’s 83rd minute goal.
PRFC (1-6-8, 11 pts Fall) wasted no time in establishing its home-field advantage and took a 1-0 lead in the third minute. The goal was sparked on the other end by goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg, who sent a long ball to Hector Ramos. Ramos then headed it to a charging Joseph Marrero just inside the box, who put it past Armada goalkeeper Sean Lewis.
Jacksonville (2-7-5, 11 pts. NASL Fall, 3-12-9, 18 pts. NASL Combined) found the equalizer in the 29th minute when a long ball from midfielder Zach Steinberger to overlapping right back Matt Bahner on the wing was centered for Eloundou, who sent a rocket past Spangenberg .
PRFC retook the lead in the 33rd when Oliver Minatel took a through ball from Paulo Mendes at the top of the box and struck the bottom of the crossbar with his shot, dropping down and into the net
Jérôme put his side back level in the 57th minute with a 25 yard rocket into the upper 90.
In the 83rd Keita scored the go-ahead goal. Eloundou swiped the ball from PRFC’s Chris Nurse in the attacking third and sent it over to Keita just outside of the box, who put it past Spangenberg with a curling shot to give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead.
PRFC answered in the 85th minute. Kyle Culbertson’s throw-in led Sidney Rivera to a clear look at the goal and allowed Rivera to fire a shot from the top left corner of the box into the goal, tying the contest at 3-3.