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Scorpions and Rowdies keep pace with Minnesota
July 19th, 2014 11:56PM
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[NASL: Fall Week 2] The San Antonio Scorpions and Tampa Bay Rowdies kept pace with with spring champion Minnesota United FC, winning their second straight game to open the NASL fall championship.

The Scorpions won their second game in a row with a 2-0 victory over visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers before 6,958 fans. Rookie Billy Forbes struck for the opening goal of the match in only the 23rd minute. Forbes then added his NASL-leading fifth assist right before halftime to double the advantage, feeding Pole Thomas Zahorski.

"We knew we had to start off on the right foot, it was a big win for us," said Scorpions coach Alen Marcina. "[It was] entertaining for the fans and that put us in first place right now so we just gotta carry the momentum and keep it going."

Bulgarian Georgi Hristov scored his second game winner in as many weeks to give the Rowdies a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Indy Eleven before a sell-out crowd of 10,555 fans. Brazilian Kleberson had put Indy ahead in the 38th minute, but Casey Townsend equalized five minutes later.
 
"Very, very happy with the win," said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill. "It's great to get three points with such a difficult place to come to. I thought our overall performance was very pleasing. We didn't get the rhythm in the second half as well as we did in the first half but we always have to threat at times."

In Eric Wynalda's last game in charge of the Silverbacks, Atlanta beat FC Edmonton, 1-0, on Pablo Cruz's  late free kick before 3,100 fans at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

The Ottawa Fury is expected to break the NASL attendance mark Sunday when it plays its first game at 24,000-seat TD Place against the New York Cosmos. The NASL attendance mark was set by San Antonio in 2012 when it drew 13,151 fans for its first match at its old home, Heroes Stadium.

-- Minnesota United beat English Premier League club Swansea City, 2-0, on goals by Justin Davies and Greg Jordan before 9,064 fans on Saturday night. A first-half goal from Brazilian midfielder Daniel Mendes was all Minnesota needed to extend its unbeaten streak to six games, defeating the Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, Thursday night before 7,287 fans at NSC Stadium.



NASL WEEK 2, Results:
Saturday, July 19
Atlanta 1 FC Edmonton 0
Indy Eleven 1 Tampa Bay 2
San Antonio 2 Ft. Lauderdale 0
Thursday, July 17
Minn. United 1 Carolina 0

NASL WEEK 2, Schedule:
Sunday, July 20
3 pm ET
Ottawa vs. New York

NASL Fall Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
6 Minn. United 2-0-0 4/0
6 San Antonio 2-0-0 5/1
6 Tampa Bay 2-0-0 5/3
3 Indy Eleven 1-1-0 3/3
3 Atlanta 1-1-0 3/3
1 Ottawa 0-0-1 0/0
1 FC Edmonton 0-1-1 0/1
0 New York 0-1-0 1/3
0 Carolina 0-2-0 1/3
0 Ft. Lauderdale 0-2-0 0/5

NASL WEEK 3, Schedule:
Wednesday, July 23
8:30 pm ET
San Antonio vs. Carolina
Saturday, July 26
7:30 pm ET
Atlanta vs. Minn. United
Carolina vs. Ottawa
Ft. Lauderdale vs. New York
Tampa Bay vs. San Antonio
Sunday, July 27
4 pm ET
FC Edmonton vs. Indy Eleven


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