[NASL: Week 9]
The NASL concludes its spring campaign -- already -- with three teams still in contention for the championship.
Minnesota United controls of its own destiny with multiple routes to the title. It clinches with a win or tie when it visits the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday (live at 7 pm ET on
ESPN3) or if the New York Cosmos and San Antonio Scorpions both lose or tie. It could also clinch if the Scorpions win but can't make up their three-goal deficit in goal differential.
think it's exciting and we have really worked hard to get to this point," said Minnesota United coach Manny Lagos
. "I'm really proud of how we have put
ourselves in a position to win the spring season. There is still a lot of work to be done and Tampa Bay is a good team and better than their record reflects."
Minnesota is unbeaten
against Tampa Bay in its last three encounters. They previously met on Nov. 2, 2013 with United posting a 6-4 win at Al Lang Stadium.
"Any game against Minnesota is generally a
close affair," said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill.
"It's been that way since I've been at the club and I don't expect Saturday to be any different. Credit to Manny
Lagos and his staff for the consistency they've showed so far this year. We need to play with that consistency. Saturday will give us an opportunity to finish the spring on a high. Our aim is to get
the three points, but we know they have a lot to play for. It'll be like a Cup Final for us." NASL Spring Standings: PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
19 Minn. United 6-1-1 13/6
16 New York 5-2-1 13/3
16 San Antonio 5-2-1 11/7
14 Carolina 4-2-2
12 Ft. Lauderdale 4-4-0 16/16
10 Ottawa 3-4-1 14/12
9 Tampa Bay 2-3-3 8/13
9 Atlanta 3-5-0 9/17
5 FC Edmonton 1-5-2 5/10
3 Indy Eleven 0-5-3 11/17
NASL WEEK 9, Schedule: Saturday, June 7
7:30 pm ET
Atlanta vs. Indy
Tampa Bay vs. Minn. United 8:30 pm ET
San Antonio vs. Ft. Lauderdale Sunday, June 8
4 pm ET
FC Edmonton vs. Carolina 5 pm ET
New York vs. Ottawa