October 15, 2015
Soccer News Net staff
Cosmos clinch home field, Strikers stay alive
FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 2, PUERTO RICO FC 0
LAUDERHILL, Fla. - The Fort Lauderdale Strikers remain in the postseason hunt with their second win in four days, defeating Puerto Rico FC 2-0 with two second half goals at Central Broward Stadium Saturday night.
The Strikers (6-9-5, 23 pts Fall/10-12-8, 38 pts overall) win snapped a seven game unbeaten streak by Puerto Rico FC (4-7-9, 21 pts).
Geison, who scored the game winner Wednesday night against Edmonton FC, also tallied the decisive goal Saturday in the 78th minute. In a sequence that had Amauri attempt two bicycle kicks in the box, the first from a corner kick, the second after a cross from Jorge Luis Corrales reaching Geison for an easy close range tap in. Amauriís initial attempt was blocked by Spagenberg.
Second half substitutes Ramon Nunez and Jose Angulo combined for a lovely second goal to seal the deal in the 85th minute. Nunez, who came onto the pitch eight minutes earlier, escaped on a solo counterattack run from midfield, reached the edge of the box and set up Angulo to the right side, who pushed the ball around goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg and slotted into the open net.
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NEW YORK COSMOS 4, JACKSONVILLE ARMADA FC 2
JACKSONVILLE---Juan Arango scored on free kicks five minutes apart to help the New York Cosmos to a 4-2 win over the Jacksonville Armada at Community First Park Saturday night.
The Cosmos (12-5-3 fall, 18-5-7 combined) earned home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, aka The Championship. Jacksonville falls to 3-8-8, 17 pts Fall/4-13-12, 24 pts overall)
Arangoís first, a left-footed strike from just outside the box in the 83rd, went off the crossbar and eked just inches over the line, sparking a protest that saw Armada forward Alhassane Keita red-carded. The second, in the 88th, was a beautiful curling effort that found its way just inside the far post to rescue three points for the visitors.
New York took the lead on a goal by Yohandry Orozco in the 23rd minute.
The Armada came back with a 66th minute goal by Keita and a 79th minute tally by Zach Steinberger for a 2-1 lead.
Jair Arrieta, gave the Cosmos the two goal margin five minutes into stoppage time.
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INDY ELEVEN 3, CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 0
INDIANAPOLIS Ė Justin Braun, Nicki Paterson and Souleymane Youla each scored as the Indy Eleven continued their home unbeaten string to 15 this year, with a 3-0 win over the Carolina RailHawks in front of 8,649 fans at IUPUIís Carroll Stadium.
Indy improves to 9-6-4, 31 pts Fall/13-6-10, 49 pts overall, while Carolina falls to 6-9-5, 23 pts Fall/10-13-7, 37 pts.
Braunís seventh goal of the season in the dying moments of the first half made the difference, while Patersonís 77th minute free kick goal and Youlaís 90th minute finish added some insurance.
The shutout was Indy Elevenís second straight and third in its last four outings and gave goalkeeper Jon Busch his 10th clean sheet on the season, tied for the third most in the NASL this season.
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MINNESOTA UNITED 3, FC EDMONTON 1
BLAINE, Minn. -- Christian Ramirez scored two goals to lead Minnesota United to a 3-1 come from behind win over FC Edmonton at NSC Stadium Saturday night.
Edmonton (9-5-6, 33 pts Fall/14-8-8, 50 pts overall) took the lead in the 16th minute when Sammy Ndjock bobbled the ball off a free kick into the path of Albert Watson, who tapped in the rebound.
United (6-7-7, 25 pts Fall/11-11-8, 41 pts overall) equalized as Ibson found J.C. Banks who flicked a pass along to Ramirez at the top of the box. Lifting his head, Ramirez hit the ball on a half volley hard past the face of Edmonton goalkeeper Tyson Farago and into the back of the net evening the match at 1-1 in the 23rd minute.
The Loons took the lead in the 53rd minute when Kevin Venegas found Ibson on the far side of the box with a perfectly placed lofted pass. Ibson took one touch to center the ball and Ramirez slid in and slotted it home, giving the Loons a 2-1 lead.
In the 84th minute with Stefano Pinho out-jumped his defender and directed a header on net and past Farago.