Around the NASL: Spring Week 2

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We’re a fifth of the way through the spring. Not much changed at the top two spots, but plenty changed after that. Here’s a look at the spring table after two weeks and a quick recap of the weekend’s action.

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New York and Carolina remain the only unbeaten clubs and Minnesota joins them as the only other team with a win after round two of the Spring Season.

New York Cosmos 2-0 Jacksonville Armada

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Miguel Gallardo too late to stop the first goal (Photo: Steve Hamlin for TICC)

The Cosmos kept control of their hold on first place behind goals from Jairo Arrieta and Adam Moffat and another shutout from Jimmy Maurer. You can read more about it here.

 

Indy Eleven 1-1 Ottawa Fury

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Goal Celebration (Photo: Indy Eleven/Trevor Ruzskowski)

Another week, another draw for the Eleven as Ottawa found their first point of the season. Combination play between Gerard Bruna, Johnny Steele, and Idan Vered led to the visitors taking the lead in the 56th minute. Fury keeper Peiser would bobble a ball late in the second as he failed to hang onto a Greg Janicki header and Nemanja Vukovic banged in a rebound in the 89th to salvage a result and keep Indy unbeaten

 

Miami FC 1-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Rowdies’ Neil Collins and Mami’s Dario Cvitanich (Photo: Pedro Portal)

Miami FC looked like the superior side for most of the match, playing in front of over 10,000 at their first home game. Matt Pickens did well for most of the evening, but a parried shot in the 17th from the Rowdies keeper ended up at the feet of Dario Cvitanich, who gave the home side the lead. A late penalty kick ended the expansion side’s hopes for a victory when Hugo Leroux upended Eric Avila in the box. Georgi Hristov stepped up to keep the Rowdies undefeated.

 

Rayo OKC 2-3 Carolina RailHawks

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Austin da Luz (Photo: Carolina RailHawks)

After a big come from behind win against the Loons last weekend, the RailHawks did it again, this time on the road against Rayo. Austin da Luz put the visitors on the board midway through the first half assisted by Nazmi Albadawi after a defensive lapse. Rayo came back with two goals. First, an equalizer in the 33rd resulted after Alex Perez failed to clear the ball, allowing Marvin Chavez to center a ball to Ryan Johnson. Rayo pulled ahead in the 55th after work from Georgios Samaras and Billy Forbes set up Michel’s shot from an acute angle over Akira Fitzgerald into the top netting. Carolina pulled even in the 74th as Albadawi sent a ball over to Aly Hassan, subbed on just three minutes prior, who buried it past Daniel Fernandes. Carolina found their win in the sixth minute of stoppage as da Luz headed in a ball from a corner for the second week in a row.

 

FC Edmonton 0-2 Minnesota United

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Tomi Ameobi holds off Damian Lowe as Brent Kallman watches (Photo: FC Edmonton)

United traveled to Edmonton to find their first win. Ben Speas struck twice in the 16th and with a beautiful chip and spin in the 55th to beat Matt Van Oekel twice. The Eddies keeper had an excellent match otherwise and kept the scoreline from getting larger in a match dominated by the Loons.

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