NASL Recap: Road teams earn results in three of four games


Another week of NASL action in the books with all eight teams active for the first time this season. It was a good week to be a road team in three of the four matches played. 

Puerto Rico FC 1-1 Indy Eleven

Indy traveled to Puerto Rico after an exciting 3-3 draw between the two clubs last weekend in Indy. Once again, neither club would get the better of the other.

Hector “Pito” Ramos scored for his second straight game after a loosely guarded Walter Ramirez picked his pass to the unmarked striker in the 19th minute, a serious defensive lapse.

Indy tied it up in the third minute of first-half stoppage. A Keith Cardona goal kick made it downfield and past the Puerto Rican defense to Sinisa Ubiparipovic, who controlled it through traffic. Eamon Zayed, making his first start in 2017 after subbing on in the last two matches, received a diagonal ball from the midfielder and immediately smashed it past Trevor Spangenberg.

Both sides are now unbeaten with three draws to kick off each of their seasons.

 

Miami FC 0-2 New York Cosmos

Outplayed at points, and outshot across the entire match, the New York Cosmos found their first win, first goal, and first shot on goal of 2017. Miami was unlucky in their home opener, finding the post on two occasions with New York goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer keeping them silent on the rest of their opportunities.

In the 58th minute, New York broke the deadlock as substitution Ryan Richter, on the field for just three minutes, delivered a cross to the six. Midfielder Danny Szetela found an opening, delivering a diving header towards the net and powering the ball past Daniel Vega.

In the fourth minute of second-half stoppage, an Ayoze penalty kick sealed the win for the Cosmos after Walter Restrepo was upended in the box by former teammate Hunter Freeman.

Each side has a win, loss, and draw logged after three games.

 

FC Edmonton 0-1 Jacksonville Armada 

Jacksonville are perfect after two games and top of the league after back-to-back wins over Edmonton. This time, the two faced off in Edmonton’s home opener. Once again, Edmonton would suffer from an inability to find the net, posting their fourth straight 1-0 loss dating back to last season. Caleb Patterson-Sewell kept the shutout for the Floridian side, with a little help from crossbar.

The Armada would take an early lead in the 8th minute and never look back. A short corner from Jack Blake to Zach Steinberger resulted in Steinberger turning around a firing a shot towards the near post. Chris Konopka got a hand to the ball, but was unable to keep it out.

The Armada and Eddies sit at opposite positions with Jacksonville at the top of the table and Edmonton at the bottom with no goals scored.

 

San Francisco Deltas 3-1 North Carolina FC

North Carolina took a first-half lead, but the Deltas scored three unanswered goals to earn the first win in their short history.

Tiyi Shipalane opened the scoring for the visitors in the 23rd minute. Deltas goalkeeper Romuald Peiser pushed a Steven Miller cross directly to striker Brian Shriver, whose follow-up shot was blocked. Shipalane was able to get ahold of the rebound, pushing the ball through traffic and into the net.

Tommy Heinemann was in the right place, right time in the third minute of first-half stoppage receiving a cross in the box from Cristian Portilla that seemed to just run down his leg and into the net for the equalizer.

Pablo Dyego’s curling shot from just outside the left corner of the box to the opposite side of the goal in the 82nd minute should be an automatic goal of the week candidate. Loosely defended by three NCFC players, the forward had time to pick his shot and made the most of it.

Heinemann picked up a brace in the 90th to put the match away with a run that included a nutmeg through the legs of Connor Tobin before a sliding shot that beat NCFC keeper Brian Sylvestre.

 

Week Four

Here’s a look at the table as the league enters the fourth week of play.

Jacksonville will head home next weekend, hosting the San Francisco Deltas for their first away trip of the year.

North Carolina also heads home, this time to host the Eddies.

Both games will be played on Saturday, April 15th.

Miami FC, the New York Cosmos, the Indy Eleven, and Puerto Rico FC will all sit out the weekend with a bye.

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