NASL Rewind: Big win for Cosmos before small crowd

NASL defending champion New York Cosmos ended a two-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the previously undefeated first-place Carolina RailHawks but drew only 2,419 fans to Shuart Stadium.

The Cosmos, who averaged 4,984 fans for home games in 2015, have averaged 3,733 for their first three home games of the 2016 season. After falling on the road to Indy Eleven and Minnesota, the Cosmos won their third straight home game of the season thanks to Venezuelan midfielder Yohandry Orozco’s first Cosmos goal, set up by Gabriel Farfan.

NASL Week 5 Results
Ottawa 2 (Timbo 25, Chin 90+) Miami FC 0
Att.: 7,023
Ft. Lauderdale 0 Tampa Bay 1 (Collins 77)
Att.: 1,086
Rayo OKC 1 (Michel 26) Indy Eleven 2 (Reinoso 7, Vukovic 77)
Att.: 4,729
New York 1 (Orozco 45) Carolina 0
Att.: 2,419

2015 runner-up Ottawa FC drew the biggest crowd of the week, 7,023, and rewarded its fans with its win of the season, 2-0, over Miami FC, which along with Ft. Lauderdale remains winless.

Leading Scorers
3 Dario Cvitanich (Miami)
3 Austin Da Luz (Carolina)
3 Michel (Rayo OKC) 3 Christian Ramirez (Minnesota)

Indy Eleven came back from a bye week to beat Rayo OKC, 2-1, to remain the only undefeated team with two wins and two ties. Coach Tim Hankinson’s team is in fourth place, but with a game in hand. Minnesota, which had a Week 5 bye, is in second place with a game in hand.

NASL Standings: Carolina RailHawks 12; Minnesota United 9; New York Cosmos 9; Indy Eleven 8, Tampa Bay Rowdies 8; Rayo OKC 4; Jacksonville Armada 4; FC Edmonton 4; Ottawa Fury FC 4, Miami FC 2; Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2.

NASL 2016:
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