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NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

October 9, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eddies clinch a playoff spot

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FC EDMONTON 1, TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 0
EDMONTON, Alberta — Ben Fisk scored the only goal, as FC Edmonton became the third team to clinch a spot in the NASL post season with a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies at snowy Clark Field Sunday.

Edmonton joins Spring Season Champion Indy Eleven and the New York Cosmos as teams to earn a spot in the playoffs.

Fisk nodded home a Dustin Corea cross from the left wing past Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens at the near post.

With the win, Edmonton (9-3-6, 33 pts Fall/15-6-8, 50 pts overall. The Rowdies, who had a seven game unbeaten streak snapped, fell to 4-9-5, 17 pts Fall/9-9-10, 37 pts overall.
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CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 3, FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 0
CARY, NC - The Carolina RailHawks got goals from Austin da Luz, Brian Shriver and Matt Watson, as they handed the Fort Lauderdale Strikers their fourth straight loss, 3-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park Sunday.

The RailHawks improve to 10-11-7, 37 pts, while the Strikers fall to 4-9-5, 17 pts Fall/8-12-8, 32 pts overall.

In the 25th minute, the RailHawks broke in front behind a classy finish from da Luz after a Fort Lauderdale defensive breakdown as da Luz scored from inside the box to give Carolina the lead. Matt Fondy set his teammate up perfectly, allowing da Luz to head in the cross past Cardoso.

In the 42nd minute former Striker Brian Shriver doubled the lead with a wonderfully technical finish from a RailHawks free kick.

Carolina got its third in the 82nd minute when Watson belted a shot from distance and beat Bruno for his third goal of the campaign. Fort Lauderdale is now winless in five consecutive NASL matches.
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NEW YORK COSMOS 1, OTTAWA FURY FC 1
OTTAWA -- Juan Arango headed home the equalizing goal in the 79th minute to give the New York Cosmos a 1-1 draw with the Ottawa Fury FC at TD Place Sunday.

Substitute midfielder Andrés Flores’ service from the right wing into the box ended up at the foot of Adam Moffat. The Scottish midfielder mistimed his blast, but got under his shot’s rebound and picked out Arango with a headed pass. Arango’s header whizzed past the outstretched glove of Ottawa goalkeeper Romuald Peiser.

The Cosmos (38 points fall, 56 points combined) moved to 11-3-5 in the fall and 17-7-5 overall. Ottawa is 5-8-6, 21 pts Fall/7-13-9, 30 pts overall.

Despite picking up the road point, the Cosmos' lead in both tables was cut to five and six points, respecitvely, by FC Edmonton (9-3-6, 33; 14-6-8, 50), 1-0 winners over the Tampa Bay Rowdies Sunday. The Cosmos have three games remaining in the regular season, Edmonton four. They can clinch both titles by running the table, regardless how the Eddie fare.

Ryan Williams scored the first goal in the 54th minute, taking advantage of a poor pass out of the back by goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer. Maurer passed up field to midfielder Ruben Bover, who was under pressure as Williams stripped him of the ball and the Ottawa forward came in alone on Jimmy Maurer and scored.
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SATURDAY
MINNESOTA UNITED 0, PUERTO RICO FC 0
BAYAMÓN, PR. -- Minnesota United and Puerto Rico FC played to a scoreless draw Saturday night at Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel

Puerto Rico (4-6-9, 21 pts) nearly took the lead in first half stoppage time, when they were awarded a long range free kick that Pedro Mendes lofted into the box for Ramón Soria, who's header went wide.

United (5-7-7, 22 pts Fall/10-11-8, 38 pts overall) nearly pulled ahead less that 15 minutes from time. Ben Speas managed to block a Puerto Rico clearance and chase down the ball in the corner. Stefano Pinho made a run towards goal, but Speas elected to pass back to the top of the box where Ibson, was running. The ball found Ibson in stride, allowing him to sweep a shot toward the far post, however the ball was wide of the target.

Ibson nearly scored a few minutes later after a quick free kick, taking a one time shot from the top of the six yard box that beat the goalkeeper, but went wide.

RAYO OKC 1, MIAMI FC 0
MIAMI – Michel scored on a 70th minute penalty kick to give Rayo OKC a 1-0 win over Miami FC at FIU Stadium Saturday night.

In the 70th minute, a Rayo pass hit Rhett Bernstein and the referee deemed it a hand ball in box, granting OKC a penalty kick. Michel was able to squeeze the attempt just past an outstretched Daniel Vega, to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Rayo OKC improves to5-5-8, 23 pts Fall/8-9-11, 35 pts overall, while Miami FC falls to 8-5-5, 29 pts Fall/9-10-9, 36 pts overall
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