Week 1 is in the books for the NASL and after one round of games, the New York Cosmos and Carolina Railhawks sit at the top spot, the Ottawa Fury and Minnesota United at the bottom.
New York Cosmos 3-0 Ottawa Fury
The Cosmos shut out the Ottawa Fury 3-0 behind a brace from Juan Arango, a nearly half-field shot by Adam Moffat and the work of goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer. You can read more about that here.
Carolina Railhawks 2-1 Minnesota United
Despite an early (and SportsCenter top 10-worthy) goal in the second minute from Christian Ramirez, the Railhawks came from behind to win it with another impressive goal from Tiyi Shipalane and a winning header from Austin da Luz. That would be enough to put away United in the season opener.
Ft Lauderdale Strikers 1-1 Miami FC
An ugly game of soccer, 44 fouls, five yellows, one red, and two penalty kick goals from Dario Cvitanich and Maicon Santos in the 12th and 90+4th minutes, respectively, were the highlights for this one.
Tampa Bay Rowdies 0-0 Indy Eleven
The Rowdies were unable to find goals at home against a side entering the season with some serious questions, despite 60% possession and 12 shots and more dominant play in the midfield. Indy did well to hold them back for the point.
Rayo OKC 0-0 FC Edmonton
The expansion side kicked their first competitive match ball, hosting the Eddies in a sell-out match. Despite losing center back Albert Watson in the 30th minute to a red card, the Canadian side was able to hold on for a result away.
And here’s how the table looks after the five matches of Week 1.
More importanty, how are we doing with our picks at TICC?
The NASL season started off strong with an exciting match which saw the Railhawks get the home win. They saw off the early class goal and came back with some great attack of their own. The Railhawks’ attack and re-enforced back line really showed off some positive signs. Minnesota did not start with newcomers Pinho and Laing in the lineup but they came on later in the game.
The South Florida Derby kicked off the beIN coverage but two penalty kicks in a very chippy affair left for average viewing.
Two 0-0 draws rounded out the other games this week. Rayo had an impressive crowd for their inaugural game given that Oklahoma was in the final four. Tampa should be upset but credit to Jon Busch for making some great saves.