Ottawa clinches NASL fall championship

The Ottawa Fury clinched the NASL's fall championship with a game to spare when it defeated Jacksonville Armada FC, 3-1, on Wednesday night. Ottawa has lost only once in its last 24 matches, a loss at home to Jacksonville in the first game of the fall season.

NASL Standings:
Ottawa 44 // Minnesota United 35 New York 30 FC Fort Lauderdale 27 Edmonton 25  Atlanta 24 San Antonio 18  Carolina 18 Jacksonville 18 Tampa Bay 17 Indy Eleven 17.
*Ottawa 55 *New York 50 *Minnesota United 49 Ft. Lauderdale 38 // Tampa Bay 36 FC Edmonton 34 Carolina 32 Atlanta 32 San Antonio 30 Indy Eleven 30 Jacksonville 30.
*Clinched playoff berths.

Rafael Alves, Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Andrew Weidemanscored second-half goals to erase a 1-0 deficit as the Fury assured itself of playing a semifinal match at TD Place.

Ottawa can clinch the No. 1 seed if the New York Cosmos, the spring champions, lose at San Antonio on Saturday night or with a win in its regular-season finale at Atlanta on Oct. 31. Minnesota United will be the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are in line to gain the fourth and final spot in the playoffs after a 0-0 draw against the San Antonio Scorpions.

Wednesday's results eliminated FC Edmonton, San Antonio, and Jacksonville from postseason contention. Indy Eleven was eliminated after last weekend's action. Now Carolina, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay are alive with two games to play in the fall season.

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