With the New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven already determined as the hosts of the semifinal round of the NASL Championship, the league now waits to see who their opponents will be, although one match-up is certain.
FC Edmonton sit in second-place in the overall table. Indy may be third in the table but, regardless, the Eleven keep the #2 seed after they took the Spring season on the third tie-breaker with the Cosmos after the two clubs finished even on points. Edmonton holds a nine-point lead over their closest contenders, Minnesota United and Rayo OKC. However, with only two games remaining for all three clubs, Edmonton is guaranteed a #3 seed.
Indy Eleven will host FC Edmonton in an afternoon match playing at 3pm on Saturday, November 5th at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.
The New York Cosmos will host an opponent to be determined at 7pm on the same day at Shuart Stadium.
The race for fourth place and a showdown with the New York Cosmos continues. Multiple contenders are still challenging for the final spot in a race which could very well go down to the final matches of the season. Presented in order of their current positions in the table are:
- Minnesota United currently sit in fourth with 41 points after 30 games, holding their spot through the merit of their goal differential, currently a +6. They’ll travel to Carolina, then host the Cosmos
- Rayo OKC sit in fifth, tied with United on 41 points after 30 games. Their goal differential is at +3. They travel to the Strikers, then host Indy.
- The Tampa Bay Rowdies are in sixth with 38 points, but have a game in hand, having played only 29 matches. They have a +1 goal differential with matches to be played against Indy and Ottawa before closing out their season (NASL career?) in Jacksonville.
- The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers are in seventh-place, also with 38 points after 30 games played, but could be affected by their -8 goal differential. Their final two matches will be hosting Rayo and then traveling to Ottawa.
- Miami FC are still in the race despite being in eighth, with 37 points after 29 matches played and a goal differential at 0. They travel to the Armada and then New York before hosting Edmonton.
- The Carolina RailHawks, in ninth place, are the final contender. With 37 points after 30 matches, they will host Minnesota before traveling to Puerto Rico FC.
While the two midweek matches won’t eliminate anyone, they could vault the Rowdies into a three-way tie with Minnesota and Rayo and leave Miami poised in a position to make a late run
Next weekend, however, there could be some tears around the league as that pool could get smaller.