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FC Edmonton begins to make a move
August 24th, 2014 11:47PM
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[NASL: Fall Week 7] FC Edmonton jumped four spots into fourth place in the fall standings with a 2-1 win over Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Clarke Stadium. For now, the combined standings remain the Eddies' best bet for a playoff berth, and their win moved them to within four points of fourth-place Carolina.

Defender Lance Laing scored one goal -- third goal in as many games  -- and assisted on another by Ritchie Jones to lead Edmonton to the win. The Strikers pulled one goal back on Aly Hassan's goal from the penalty spot in the 85th minute.

Saturday ...

The San Antonio Scorpions opened up a two-point lead in the NASL fall standings when they beat Atlanta, 2-1, and Minnesota could only tie 10-man New York, 1-1. Nevertheless, the result extended the spring champion's unbeaten streak to 11 games.

The Scorpions got goals from midfielders Cesar Elizondo and Walter Restrepo to remain unbeaten against Atlanta at Toyota Field.
 
"The guys have bought into the philosophy and culture we've created and they've been fantastic in executing," said Scorpions coach Alen Marcina. "They've been willing to fight for each other for 95 minutes and tonight that led to a win."
 
Minnesota got off to a dream start when midfielder Daniel Mendes was taken down in the penalty area by Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer in the 6th minute and Maurer was promptly sent off. Christian Ramirez converted the penalty kick for his league-high 13th goal in 16 games. But the Cosmos managed to earn a point playing with 10 men when substitute forward Mads Stokkelien poked home the equalizer midway through the second half.
 
"Tonight was a big game for both teams, and I'm proud of the way our guys battled with a man down," said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese. "If we play like that the rest of the season, we'll be very hard to beat."
 
Carolina beat Tampa Bay, 1-0, on Ty Shipalane's goal in stoppage time at Al Lang Stadium. The result moved the RailHawks into the fourth and final spot in combined standings, passing the Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale, which plays at FC Edmonton on Sunday.
 
"We're obviously delighted because it has been a tough couple of weeks for us," said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke. "We couldn't win on the road forever and now that's two in a row. We needed that one tonight, and I think we deserved it."

Indy Eleven's problems at Carroll Stadium continued as fellow expansion team Ottawa beat it, 2-1, in a game that was delayed over two hours due to inclement weather. MLS veterans Tom Heinemann and Sinisa Ubiparipovic scored for the Fury. Indy has yet to win at home despite the support of yet another sellout crowd (10,285).

NASL RESULTS, Week 7:
Saturday, Aug. 23
New York 1 Minn. United 1
Indy Eleven 1 Ottawa 2
Tampa Bay 0 Carolina 1
San Antonio 2 Atlanta 1
Sunday, Aug. 24
FC Edmonton 2 Ft. Lauderdale 1
 
NASL Fall Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
19 San Antonio 6-1-1 15/6
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17 Minn. United 5-0-2 16/6
12 Tampa Bay 4-3-0 12/11
11 FC Edmonton 3-3-2 10/9
9 Carolina 3-5-0 11/12
9 New York 2-3-3 7/10
9 Ft. Lauderdale 2-3-3 6/810
8 Atlanta 2-3-2 11/11
7 Indy Eleven 2-5-1 8/16
5 Ottawa 1-4-2 5/10

NASL Combined Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
37 *Minn. United 11-1-4 32/15
36 San Antonio 11-3-3 28/15
28 New York 8-5-4 21/13
23 Carolina 7-8-2 22/27
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22 Ft. Lauderdale 6-7-4 24/268
22 Tampa Bay 6-6-4 23/27
19 FC Edmonton 5-8-4 21/20
18 Atlanta 5-8-3 23/31
15 Ottawa 4-9-3 19/23
11 Indy Eleven 2-10-5 22/36
*Clinched playoff berth as spring champion.

NASL SCHEDULE, Week 8:
Saturday, Aug. 30
7 pm ET
Ottawa vs. Tampa Bay
7:30 pm ET
Carolina vs. Atlanta
Ft. Lauderdale vs. San Antonio
Indy Eleven vs. New York
Sunday, Aug. 31
4:00 pm ET
FC Edmonton vs. Minn. United

NASL SCHEDULE, Week 9:
Saturday, Sept. 6
7 pm ET
New York vs. Ft. Lauderdale
7:30 pm ET
Atlanta vs. Indy Eleven
8 pm ET
Minn. United vs. Tampa Bay
8:30 pm ET
San Antonio vs. FC Edmonton
Sunday, Sept. 7
3:00 pm ET
Ottawa vs. Carolina


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