NASL Reveals Schedule Details for The Championship Semifinals

NASL

by JAKE NUTTING

The NASL’s final field for The Championship this year could come down to the final week of the Fall Season — but that hasn’t stopped the league from setting dates for the semifinal round of the four-team postseason competition.

Having already guaranteed themselves one of the league’s top two postseason seeds by taking home the Spring Season championship, Indy Eleven is the only team with a firm date for their semifinal matchup. They will take the field in front of their home supporters at Michael Carroll on Saturday, November 5 at 3 p.m. ET.

All that remains to be determined is who they will face off with that afternoon.

The second semifinal pairing will come down to which team can finish on top in a heated Fall Season title race. Indy still has an outside shot at becoming the first team to claim both the Spring and Fall titles in a single year, but they would need considerable help to do so as they currently trail the first-place New York Cosmos by 10 points with four games left on their schedule. In the unlikely scenario that Indy were to finish on top in the fall, the three teams directly below them in the combined standings would determine the remaining playoff seeds.

Also in contention to catch the Cosmos are FC Edmonton and expansion side Miami FC. The potential hosting dates for semifinal action for all three teams are as follows:

  • New York Cosmos: Saturday, November 5, 7 p.m. ET, Shuart Stadium
  • FC Edmonton: Sunday, November 6, Time TBD, Clarke Stadium
  • Miami FC: Saturday, November 5, 8 p.m. ET, Ocean Bank Field

After just clinching their first postseason berth since 2011 this past weekend, Edmonton wasted a terrific chance to make up ground on the Cosmos with their 1-0 loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Wednesday night. With the result, the Eddies remain five points back of the Cosmos and no longer have a game in hand.

Miami has a much steeper hill to climb as they are currently in a nine-point hole. Unlike Edmonton, though, Miami has a game in hand and an a pivotal head-to-head match with the Cosmos coming up next weekend.

Thanks to an insurmountable +16 goal differential, all the Cosmos need to clinch the Fall Season crown is four points in their final three matches.