NASL Roundup Week 2


A Quick look at week two in NASL.

Well I have to say I love that you can now watch all the NASL games on replay on ESPN3. Makes for a good way to start my Monday morning.

Atlanta Silverbacks 1 – Ottawa Fury 1

Nicki Paterson opened the scoring for the Ottawa Fury with the free kick opportunity, sending his shot past Atlanta goalkeeper C.J. Cochran for the first goal of the game in the 34th minute.

Ottawa looked to carry that momentum into the second half, but the Silverbacks would net an equalizer in the 57th minute from Kyle Porter as he registered his first goal of the season in the 57th minute after Shaka Bangura slotted a pass between goalkeeper Romual Peiser and defense.

The pace of the game would pickup after the goal as both teams looked for the go ahead goal but the game would end in a 1-1 tie.

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 – Jacksonville Armada F.C. 1

The Brazilian connection of Léo Moura and Victor “PC” Giro scored their first goals for the Strikers in front of a crowd of 4,883 at Lockhart Stadium. Their goals in the 45th and 65th minute were sandwiched between Bochy Hoyos goal in the 49th minute that beat the Strikers goalkeeper David Meves at the near post.

Dubbed by fans on both sides before the game as the “Battle for the Atlantic,” the rivalry got started in the first game with six yellow cards and two red cards.

The win puts the Strikers in the early lead for the Coastal Cup, the annual supporters-run trophy awarded to the Florida-based team that wins the series between the three Sunshine State clubs – Strikers, Armada FC, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Let’s hope this rivalry carries through to the U.S. Open Cup.

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  • Indy Eleven 1 – New York Cosmos 1

    Indy Eleven and the visiting New York Cosmos played to a 1-1 draw in front of a sold out crowd of 10,524 at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening.

    Indy Eleven forward Brian Brown opened the scoring in the 12th minute to put Indy up for the first time ever against the Cosmos since they joined the league.

    I think the people of Indianapolis are gone to love Brown as I got to see a little of his game last year in Philadelphia. I thought the Union should have held onto him as he has a nice touch around the net for such a young player. I think he has a chance to be a star in the making for Indy and the Jamaican National Team.

    Sadly for  the 10,524 in Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium the Eleven couldn’t get all three points as New York forward Raúl tied the game in the 65th minute. His header from inside the six-yard box off of Ayoze Garcia Perez cross from a short corner evened the match and let the Cosmos grab one point on the road.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 – Minnesota United F.C. 0

    Tampa Bay Rowdies and visiting Minnesota United FC played to a 0-0 draw in front of a sold out crowd of 7,010 at Al Lang Stadium.

    Another good sign for soccer in Florida as the crowd in Tampa Bay was very vocal on the broadcast and saw a very entertaining game despite no goals being scored.

    F.C. Edmonton 1 – Carolina Railhawks 1

    Nacho Novo scored for the RailHawks in the 41st minuteon on a cross from Leo Osaki to give the visitors the lead. FC Edmonton would battle back before the half ended, when leading scorer from a season ago, Lance Laing, scored to even the game at 1-1 just before the halftime whistle in the 45th minute.  The home side grabbed their first point of the young season at home against the current early season leaders.