In NASL, Sixes Are Wild for Indy Eleven

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By EoS Staff

imagesSix games. Six ties. Six points. Six goals for. Six goals against.

That adds up to Indy Eleven so far in the North American Soccer League’s Spring Season.

On Saturday, Indy made it 6 for 6 in a scoreless draw, its second of the season, against visiting FC Edmonton. The good news is that the Eleven have yet to lose, the bad news is that they have yet to win through the games of Week 7.

Elsewhere, late goals came into play as Miami FC vaulted into first place with a win at Puerto Rico FC; Jacksonville snatched a point against visiting New York as the Armada remained unbeaten; and North Carolina and San Francisco traded late scores in the Deltas’ win.

Indy 0, Edmonton 0

In a rematch of last year’s league semifinals, neither side scored as Indy (0-0-6, 6) continued to tread water in the standings. It was small consolation that the club extended its record home unbeaten streak to 21 games.

Edmonton (1-4-1, 4) showed why it’s the league’s least productive unit on offense, failing to score for the fourth time in its six games this season.

Jacksonville 1, New York 1

Much like the first meeting, there was little to separate the Armada (2-0-4, 10 points) and the Cosmos (2-1-3, 9).

Zach Steinberger scored a stunner in the 95th minute, smashing a cross from Jemal Johnson on the volley and beating goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer.

The Cosmos jumped in front in the 22nd minute when Javi Márquez scored his second goal of the year — both against Jacksonville — when he curled a free kick into the bottom right corner.

Miami 2, Puerto Rico  1

Miami (3-1-2, 11) grabbed three points and moved into first place at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium on goals by Vincenzo Rennella and Jaime Chávez.

The visitors scored the game-winner in an unusual fashion. Ariel Martínez‘s shot from the top of the box came off the head of Chávez, who was on his knees, and the ball found its way into the back of the net in the 94th minute.

Puerto Rico (0-3-3) remains the only winless team in the standings and again failed to pick up points at home (0-2-2).

San Francisco 2, North Carolina 1

The Deltas (2-1-3, 9) secured the first road win in club history on a pair of headers at North Carolina (2-2-2, 8).

Defender Reiner Ferreira opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when he was the first to meet Cristian Portilla‘s corner kick. North Carolina got the equalizer on a goal by the substitute Billy Schuler in the 85th minute.

The deadlock did not last long as Jackson scored with his head from a free kick in the 86th minute.