NASL Fall Season Week 10: What to Watch For

Emmanuel Ledesma, Michawl Kafari Image, NASL

nasl logoFor the first time in nearly a month, the entire North American Soccer League will be in action. With no hurricanes posing an immediate threat, all eight teams will out on the field for Week 10 of the Fall Season, battling to grab one of the three postseason spots that have yet to be clinched.

Eddies and Deltas Square Off Again

After falling to the San Francisco Deltas (3-1-4, 13 Fall; 10-5-9, 39 Combined) on the road last week, Edmonton (3-3-3, 12 Fall; 7-14-4, 25 Combined) looks to rebound at home with another shot at the expansion side. Sunday’s meeting will be the fifth time the two teams have met this year. San Francisco has taken four wins in the series so far and has a comfortable hold on the second-place spot in the combined standings for the moment. In contrast, the Eddies no longer have any room for error. The Canadian side has virtually no shot at climbing into the top four as it sits second from the bottom in the combined table, meaning its postseason fate rests on the fall standings. Currently in fourth in the fall title race, the Eddies must start winning quickly to catch up with first-place Miami.

North Carolina Building on Momentum

North Carolina (3-2-6, 15 Fall; 9-9-9, 36 Combined) created a tiny bit of breathing room in the combined standings with a crucial win at New York last week. Now Coach Colin Clarke‘s team will hope to replicate the winning effort at home for the first time in more than two months. North Carolina has gone winless in six outings at home this Fall Season. Indy Eleven (2-5-2, 8 Fall; 6-9-10, 28 Combined) dominated the match when the two teams met two weeks ago, but it needed a last-minute winner from Eamon Zayed to squeak by with a 1-0 result. Sitting 6 points out of fourth in the combined standings and dead last in the Fall Season table, Indy will need more of Zayed’s magic if it has any hope of turning the year around.

Puerto Rico Enters the Fray Again

Sunday will see Puerto Rico FC (2-2-4, 10 Fall; 3-10-11, 19 Combined) return to the field for the first time since Hurricane Maria devastated the island over a week ago. The match in New York could be the first of many Puerto Rico will play on the road as hosting matches is remains impossible in the immediate future. Next week’s match against North Carolina has already been moved off the island to North Carolina. Meanwhile, the Cosmos (1-3-6, 9 Fall; 7-7-12, 33 Combined) are aiming to get their act together after scraping together just two points in three matches at home last week. Jacksonville pulled ahead of the Cosmos by one to take sole possession of fourth in the combined standings by virtue of a scoreless draw on Wednesday.

Miami Eyes Season Sweep

Even on cruise control, Miami (6-2-1, 19 Fall; 17-4-4, 55 Combined) appears to be unstoppable. The Spring Season champion will start selling tickets to its Nov. 5 postseason match while most of the league is scrambling to produce consistent results. If this trend continues, Miami could become the first team to secure both the spring and fall titles in the same year. The closest team to Miami in the fall standings is North Carolina, which is still four points off with two more matches played than Miami. The Jacksonville Armada (2-4-4, 10 Fall; 8-8-10, 34 Combined) lost out to Miami by three goals last weekend.