NASL Rewind: Cosmos back in first place

The defending NASL champion New York Cosmos returned to first-place in the spring standings thanks to a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies and road losses by Minnesota and Carolina.

Copa Centenario-bound Bolivian striker Yasmani Duk justified his first start for the Cosmos with a 32nd minute goal to equalize against the Rowdies before Ruben Bover scored the gamewinner eight minutes later. After the game left the Cosmos to join Bolivia’s Copa Centenario roster.

FC Edmonton moved into second place thanks to a 1-0 win over Carolina, which last week was tied for first with Minnesota, a 4-2 loser at Indy Eleven.

NASL Week 8 Results
Indy Eleven 4 (Zayed 16, Gordon 49, Braun 75, Paterson 97+) Minnesota 2 (Pinho 54, Loew 69)
Att.: 9,076
Rayo OKC 1 (Michel 62) Ft. Lauderdale 2 (Angulo 33, Nunez 70)
Att.: 3,712
Ottawa 1 (de Jong) Jacksonville 0
Att.: 5,550
Edmonton 1 (Fordyce) Carolina 0
Att.: 1,338
New York 2 (Duk 32, Bover 40) Tampa Bay 1 (Heinemann 17)
Att.: 6,243

Coach Tim Hankinson’s fourth-place Indy Eleven remains the only unbeaten team in the spring season and has played one less game than New York and Edmonton. Third-place Minnesota also has a game in hand.

NASL Standings: New York Cosmos 15; FC Edmonton 14; Minnesota United 13; Indy Eleven 13, Carolina RailHawks 13; Fort Lauderdale Strikers 9; Tampa Bay Rowdies 9; Rayo OKC 8; Ottawa Fury FC 8, Jacksonville Armada 4; Miami FC 3.

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers midfielder Ramon Nunez, after scoring the gamewinner with a stunning free kick in a 2-1 victory over Rayo OKC, was named NASL Player of the Week

Former FC Dallas Brazilian striker Michel took the leading scorer lead with his goal for Rayo OKC in the loss to Ft. Lauderdale.

Leading Scorers
5 Michel (Rayo OKC)
4 Christian Ramirez (Minnesota)
3 Juan Arrango (New York), Dario Cvitanich (Miami), Austin Da Luz (Carolina), Maicon Santos (Ft. Lauderdale), Ben Speas (Minnesota), Eamon Zayed (Indy Eleven)

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