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October 22, 2016
3 Florida teams, Carolina all ko'd from playoff chase

Soccer News Net staff

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Yohandry Orozco struck twice in the opening half to power the Cosmos to a 4-0 victory over Miami FC on a cold and blustery Saturday night at Shuart Stadium.

The Cosmos (19-7-5, 62 points) completed their regular season unbeaten at home at 14-0-2 while extending their home unbeaten streak to 21 games (18-0-3), including last year's playoffs. Miami fell to 9-12-10, 37 pts overall, and were eliminated from playoff contention.

Jair Arrieta scored from close range just 69 seconds into the game and Orozco tallied his first goal in the seventh minute by chipping goalkeeper Mario Daniel Vega before a crowd of 5,852.

Juan Arango electrified the crowd by scoring on his third consecutive free kick, a 22-yard effort in the 30th minute, his team leading 15th goal of the season. The former Venezuelan international scored a pair of late free kicks in the 4-2 triumph at Jacksonville last Saturday.

Orozco scored his second goal with a long-range blast into the lower right corner for a 4-0 advantage in the 36th minute.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies had too many hills to climb Saturday night and couldn't quite get over the top, suffering elimination from playoff contention after a 1-1 draw against the Ottawa Fury FC in front of a crowd of 7,641 at Al Lang Stadium.

With Rayo OKC's 2-0 win in Fort Lauderdale over the Strikers on Saturday night, Tampa Bay (5-8-8, 23 pts Fall/9-10-12, 39 pts overall) needed a win to stay alive in the playoff race heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

Maxim Tissot put Ottawa (5-9-7, 22 pts Fall/7-14-10, 31 pts overall) ahead in the 27th minute. Georgi Hristov equalized for the Rowdies in the 48th.

The Rowdies were reduced to 10 men midway through the first half when Darnell King was shown a straight red card.

Tissot latched onto the rebound of a free kick and sent a bouncing ball that bobbled over Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens' dive and into the net for a 1-0 lead and a man advantage.

Just after the halftime break, the Rowdies found their lifeline, with Hristov on the receiving end of a silky through ball between Ottawa's lines from Justin Chavez which was finished past Fury FC goalkeeper Romuald Peiser and into the side netting to level the match at 1-1.
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LAUDERHILL, Fla. -- Rayo OKC kept its playoff hopes alive when extending their unbeaten streak to nine games with a 2-0 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Central Broward Stadium Saturday night.

The result eliminates the Strikers (6-10-5, 23 pts Fall/10-13-8, 38 pts overall) as well as Florida rivals Tampa Bay and Miami from postseason consideration. Rayo OKC (8-5-8, 32 pts Fall/11-9-11, 44pts) now sits in pole position to claim the final NASL postseason spot with one match remaining.

Oklahoma City got second half goals from Sebastien Ibeagha in the 49th minute and substitute and former Strikers standout Pecka in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
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INDIANAPOLIS – Goals by Justin Braun, Eamon Zayed and Dylan Mares lifted Indy Eleven to a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico FC finished in front of 8,916 fans at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium, as they finished the regular season unbeaten at home.

The fourth shutout in its last six games - aided by a red card shown to Puerto Rico FC (4-8-9, 21 pts) forward Oliver in the 37th minute - helped Indy (11-6-4, 37 pts Fall/15-6-10, 55 pts overall) finish the regular season with 13-0-3 home mark.

Indy Eleven broke through in the 36th minute when Braun, first-timed Sinisa Ubiparipovic’s square ball off of Spangenberg and in for the opener. A minute later Indy found itself both a goal up and a man up after Oliver picked up his second yellow card for elbowing Indy captain Colin Falvey off the ball.

Indy Eleven doubled its lead shortly after Don Smart was pulled down inside the area by Ramon Soria in the 44th minute, another play orchestrated by an Ubiparipovic dish. Zayed took the ensuing penalty, and while Spangenberg saved the initial low effort, the rebound bounced right back to Zayed for his 15th goal of the campaign.

Three minutes later Mares all but put the match away, accepting Braun’s pass at the top of the arc and cutting back inside to fire a right-footed shot that left Spangenberg flat-footed and frustrated, pushing the lead to 3-0 in front of an appreciative Carroll Stadium audience.
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Cary, N.C. –Matt Fondy's second half goal gave the Carolina RailHawks a 1-0 win over Minnesota United in front of a club regular season record crowd of 8,086 at Wake Med Soccer Park Saturday.

Despite the win, a Rayo OKC victory over Fort Lauderdale eliminated the RailHawks (7-9-5, 26 pts Fall/11-13-7, 40 pts overall) from playoff contention with one game left in the regular season. Minnesota falls to 6-8-7, 25 pts Fall/ 11-12-8, 41 pts overall.

Carolina took the lead in the 51st minute when Matt Watson stole the ball at center field to spark a dangerous attack. Watson slotted the ball to Brian Shriver who played it across the face of the goal to the feet of Fondy. Fondy skillfully put away his seventh goal of the season.

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