The Indy Eleven won the 2016 NASL Spring Season Saturday, defeating the Carolina RailHawks by a score of 4-1 Satuday at Michael M. Carrol Stadium. This result put Indy level on points, goal differential, and goals scored, but gave them the edge on head-to-head match ups. The heart wrenching 2-1 loss the Cosmos suffered in the Midwest in April proved to be the one that sealed their spring season fate as the title decision was forced to the third tie-breaker.
With Indy carrying a 3-1 lead into the final minutes of the game, Eamon Zayed would score for the third, and final time, in the 85th minute after an assist from Duke Lacroix and the boys in blue were given the opportunity to celebrate a trophy at home as their fans invaded the pitch.
Both the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers fell short of their needed goal tallies this weekend. Tampa could only muster a 1-1 draw in Jacksonville, while Fort Lauderdale fell 2-1 in Edmonton on Sunday.
For Indianapolis, it’s their first piece of hardware in their short three-year history. The Eleven finished the Spring at an undefeated 4-6-0.
For the Cosmos, its a heartbreaking end to a Spring that saw them drop two matches (Minnesota and Indianapolis) at the death and only grab three road points in five matches played away from Shuart Stadium. However, all is not lost. The Cosmos still sit tied on points atop the (now combined) NASL table going into Fall, and with three playoff spots left in The Championship, there is still a lot to be played for.
A mere four points separate Spring Season champions Indy and 7th place Carolina, so this should add an extra degree of excitement for the Fall Season.