Around the NASL Spring Week 6

12970302_10154247167656091_1053037460_oSome surprising results, some surprising game play in Spring Week 6 of the NASL. A new leader at the top of the table and a new anchor at the bottom. Here’s a look at the current standings in the NASL table. 

spring week 6The Cosmos now sit atop the table with Miami holding position at the bottom, occupying the position formerly taken by the Strikers. Here’s how those results played out.

 

Miami FC 0-3 New York Cosmos

Jairo Arrieta and Yohandry Orozco celebrate the final goal (Photo: Miami FC)

Jairo Arrieta and Yohandry Orozco celebrate the final goal (Photo: Miami FC)

The Cosmos picked up their first result on the road this spring, sinking Miami 3-0 behind goals from Juan Arango, Gabriel Farfán, and Jairo Arrieta. Jimmy Maurer did not face a single shot on goal in the encounter. The win catapults New York to first and sinks Miami to last. For more info, check out our match recap.

 

Ottawa Fury 2-2 Minnesota United

Ottawa celebrate a goal (Photo: Ottawa Fury)

Ottawa celebrate a goal (Photo: Ottawa Fury)

Despite consistently superior play by the Loons, Ottawa forced a result in their second home match of 2016. Goals from Christian Ramirez and Ben Speas were canceled out by a ball re-directed off Jeb Brovsky for an own goal and Sammy Ndjock’s misplay of the ball that resulted in a Marcel de Jong goal in stoppage. The draw moves Minnesota down a spot to third.

 

Jacksonville Armada 0-1 Rayo OKC

Georgios Samaras (Photo: Jacksonville Armada)

Georgios Samaras defended by Matt Bahner (Photo: Jacksonville Armada)

Despite their strong home performances in 2015, the Armada dropped their second in a row at home as Robbie Findley’s header capitalized on Miguel Gallardo leaving his line for the only strike of the game. Rayo OKC have won both their games on the road.

 

Carolina RailHawks 1-3 Ft Lauderdale Strikers

Photo: Carolina RailHawks

Photo: Carolina RailHawks

In what was the most surprising result of the evening, the last-place team in the league traveled to the first-place team and earned a huge result. Goals from Maicon Santos, Nana Attakora, and Mattheus Carvalho gave the visitors a 3-0 lead by halftime and the Carolina bid to equalize fell short with a Brian Shriver diving header the only compensation for them. As a result of this one, Carolina slips to second and the Strikers climb to eighth.

 

Indy Eleven 1-1 FC Edmonton

Photo: Indy Eleven

Photo: Indy Eleven

Indy remains the sole undefeated team in the NASL after settling for a draw at home. Greg Janicki scored for the Eleven and jake Keegan equalized with a header before halftime, but the score would hold until the end. Edmonton are now on a three-game unbeaten streak and have dropped only one of four matches on the road.

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