Minnesota's Ramirez is running away with scoring title

[NASL: Week 12] Christian Ramirez continues to run away with the NASL scoring race, hitting a late winner for his 16th goal of the season in Minnesota United FC's 3-2 win at Ottawa. Minnesota has already won the spring championship and is now back on top in the fall championship, two points ahead of San Antonio with a game in hand.

After falling behind early, goals from Miguel Ibarra and Daniel Mendes, his ninth of the season, put United ahead 2-1. A free kick from midfielder Richie Ryan pulled the Fury even, but Ramirez clinched all three points for United when he converted Ibarra's cross from point-blank range in the dying moments of the game.

Ramirez, who attended Concordia (Calif.) and played for USL PRO's Charlotte Eagles in 2013, has almost twice as many goals as any other player in the NASL. Mendes is now tied for second with Fafa Picault (Ft. Lauderdale) and Zack Schilawski (Carolina) with nine goals.

"I think we showed character and resilience against a team that played really well against us today," said United coach Manny Lagos. "There were nervous moments, but it was important that today we found a way to win.  Ottawa were outstanding, they're in this league to compete, and today was very challenging for us because of the level they played at."
 
The New York Cosmos looked as if they would be leaving Edmonton with a win on Sunday afternoon, but a second-half equalizer from FC Edmonton forward Tomi Ameobi forced them to settle for a 1-1 tie. The Cosmos took the lead early in the second half when forward Mads Stokkelien's flicked header found Danny Szetela for an easy finish.

NASL RESULTS, Week 12:
Saturday, Sept. 27
Atlanta 0 San Antonio 1
Indy Eleven 0 Carolina 1
Tampa Bay vs. Ft. Lauderdale (postponed)
Sunday, Sept. 28
Ottawa 2 Minn. United 3
FC Edmonton 1 New York 1

NASL Fall Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
27 Minn. United 8-1-3 25/12
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25 San Antonio 8-4-1 20/13
19 Carolina 6-6-1 22/21
18 FC Edmonton 5-3-3 14/11
17 New York 4-4-5 19/20
16 Tampa Bay 5-5-1 15/15
15 Ft. Lauderdale 4-6-3 11/18
12 Ottawa 3-6-3 15/16
12 Indy Eleven 3-7-3 14/23
11 Atlanta 3-7-2 16/20

NASL Combined Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
47 *Minn. United 14-2-5 41/21
42 San Antonio 13-6-3 33/32
36 New York 10-6-6 33/23
33 Carolina 10-9-3 33/36
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28 Ft. Lauderdale 8-9-4 29/33
27 FC Edmonton 7-9-6 26/26
26 Tampa Bay 7-8-5 26/31
22 Ottawa 6-11-4 28/30
21 Atlanta 6-13-3 28/41
16 Indy Eleven 3-12-7 28/43
*Clinched playoff berth as spring champion.

NASL SCHEDULE, Week 13:
Wednesday, Oct. 1
7 pm ET
Ottawa vs. Atlanta
Saturday, Oct. 4
7:30 pm ET
Ft. Lauderdale vs. Carolina
Tampa Bay vs. FC Edmonton
8 pm ET
Minn. United vs. Atlanta
New York vs. Indy Eleven
8:30 pm ET
San Antonio vs. Ottawa

NASL SCHEDULE, Week 14:
Wednesday, Oct. 8
8 pm ET
Tampa Bay vs. Ft. Lauderdale
Saturday, Oct. 11
7 pm ET

New York vs. Ottawa
7:30 pm ET
Atlanta vs. Ft. Lauderdale
Indy Eleven vs. Minn. United
8:30 pm ET
San Antonio vs. Tampa Bay
Sunday, Oct. 12
4 pm ET
FC Edmonton vs. Carolina

NASL SCHEDULE, Week 15:
Wednesday, Oct. 15
7:30 pm ET

Tampa Bay vs. Minn. United
Saturday, Oct. 18
3 pm ET
Ottawa vs. FC Edmonton
7:30 pm ET
Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay
Carolina vs. Ft. Lauderdale
Indy Eleven vs. San Antonio
8 pm ET
Minn. United vs. New York

NASL SCHEDULE, Week 16:
Saturday, Oct. 25
6:30 pm ET
Atlanta vs. Carolina
7 pm ET
New York vs. Tampa Bay
7:30 pm ET
Ft. Lauderdale vs. FC Edmonton
8 pm ET
Minn. United vs. San Antonio
Saturday, Oct. 26
3 pm ET
Ottawa vs. Indy Eleven

NASL SCHEDULE, Week 17:
Saturday, Nov. 1
7:30 pm ET
Carolina vs. Minn. United
Ft. Lauderdale vs. Ottawa
Tampa Bay vs. Indy Eleven
8:30 pm ET
San Antonio vs. New York
Saturday, Nov. 2
4 pm ET
FC Edmonton vs. Atlanta
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