NASL Week 8: Miami Wins Third Straight


By EoS Staff

imagesMiami won its third straight game and opened a two-point lead at the top of the North American Soccer League’s Spring Season table after its 3-2 victory over visiting Indy Eleven in games of Week 8. Miami’s win sets up a clash with second-place San Francisco next weekend. The expansion Deltas won their second straight, nipping Edmonton, 1-0, on a late goals.

In other games, North Carolina defeated previously unbeaten Jacksonville, 3-1; and New York and Puerto Rico had to reschedule their match as the Cosmos erased a two-goal deficit for a 4-3 win. 

Miami 3, Indy 2

Enzo Rennella, Dylan Mares, and Robert Baggio Kcira each scored their second goal of the season to keep Miami in first place. Miami (4-1-2, 14 points) dominated play against Indy (0-1-6, 6) at Riccardo Silva Stadium on Saturday night.

A late goal by Indy’s Justin Braun, who is now tied for the league lead in scoring with four goals, created some anxious moments at the end of the game, but Miami held on for the win.

North Carolina 3, Jacksonville 1

Jacksonville’s (2-1-4, 10) six-game unbeaten streak to start the 2017 season end at Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday night as North Carolina’s (3-2-2, 11) Lance Laing scored twice. James Marcelin added the third for the hosts.

Going into the game, Jacksonville hadn’t lost and had only conceded three goals through its first six games. North Carolina has the second-highest team goal total (11 to Miami’s 12) in the league.

New York 4, Puerto Rico 3

The Cosmos (3-1-3, 12) shook off a slow start to record their first victory at MCU Park on Sunday afternoon. The match was rescheduled from Saturday night after all-day rain left the field unplayable. Visiting Puerto Rico (0-4-3, 3) broke out to a 2-0 lead, but after a red card to Yuma late in the first half, the Cosmos asserted their dominance.

Andrés Flores tapped home an easy finish in the 42nd minute before Venezuelan teammate Juan Guerra headed home the equalizer seconds before the halftime whistle. In the second half, Ryan Richter gave the Cosmos the lead before Walter Restrepo made it 4-2.

Cristiano Dias cut the lead from the penalty spot and then New York goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer was called on to push a free kick by Pito Rámos over the bar late in the game.

San Francisco 1, Edmonton 0

The Deltas (3-1-3, 12) went to western Canada and came away with three points against Edmonton (1-5-1, 4) in a Sunday matinee.

In the 89th minute, Cristian Portilla whipped in a free kick that just went over the head of teammate Kenny Teijsse, but the ball bounced into the back of the net at the far post for the lone goal of the game.

The win pushed the Deltas road unbeaten streak to four games, including back-to-back wins, and into second place (on goal differential over New York).