September 28, 2016
Cosmos clip Carolina, stretch lead in standings
NEW YORK COSMOS 2, CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 0
CARY, N.C. -- The New York Cosmos stretched their lead in the Fall Season and Combined standings with a 2-0 victory over the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Park Wednesday night.
The Cosmos (10-3-4, 34 points Fall/16-7-4, 52 points Combined) lead Miami FC by six points in the Fall standings and the Indy Eleven by seven points in the Combined.
Carolina (5-7-4, 19 points/9-11-6, 33 points), which had a nine-game home unbeaten streak snapped, had the best chance of the first half, against the run of play, Matt Watson just failing to reach James Marcelin's 34th-minute cross with an open goal.
Early in the second half, an Andres Flores shot was deflected wide by Carolina defender Kareem Moses.
In the 71st minute, Sebastian Guenzatti was taken down by Connor Tobin, earning a penalty kick, Adam Moffat converting for his eighth goal of the season. Seconds later, Yasmani Duk found Ruben Bover, whose left-footer went past Brian Sylvestre inside the left post as the Cosmos improved to 4-7-2 on the road.
JACKSONVILLE ARMADA 0, FC EDMONTON 0
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Matt VanOekel made five saves in tying Romuald Peiser's NASL record 14 shutouts as FC Edmonton played to a 0-0 draw with the Jacksonville Armada at Community First Park Wednesday night.
Jacksonville (2-7-7, 13 points/3-11-12, 20 points) which stretched its home unbeaten streak to five games, threatened as Charles Eloundou, who had a three-game scoring streak ended, had a late close-range shot cleared.
Edmonton (7-3-6, 27 points/12-8-6, 44 points), which has scored only two goals during a seven-match winless streak since Aug. 28, struggled with possession in moving into a second-place tie with the Indy Eleven.
MIAMI FC 2, OTTAWA FURY 1
MIAMI -- Miami FC ended a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Ottawa Fury FC at Ocean Bank Field Wednesday night, the match preceded by a tribute to Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident earlier this week.
Miami (8-4-4, 28 points/9-9-8, 35 points) took the lead as Jonny Steele's first-time pass sent Michael Lahoud to finish under Peiser in the 35th minute. Ottawa (5-7-5, 20 points/7-8-12, 29 points), which had a seven-game unbeaten streak snapped, tied the score as Giuseppe Gentile extended his scoring streak to three straight games in the 44th minute.
Enzo Rennella headed in Hunter Freeman’s free kick in second half stoppage time as Miami FC moved within a point of Minnesota for fourth place in the Combined Standings.
PUERTO RICO FC 2, FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 1
BAYAMON, P.R. -- Puerto Rico FC rallied to win its first meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 2-1, at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium Wednesday night.
The Strikers (4-7-5, 17 points/8-10-8, 32 points) took a second-minute lead as Amauri chested in a cross from Pascal Millien after Trevor Spangenberg’s failed clearance.
Puerto Rico (3-6-8, 17 points), in its first season in the league, equalized as Tyler Rudy finished a rebound in the 41st minute. Substitute Bljedi Bardic converted the deciding goal in the 67th minute, 10 minutes after entering, in his second appearance for the team, first-timing a left-footer past Bruno to the near post off a Hector Ramos feed.