NASL Rewind: Strikers put Cosmos spring title on hold

The NASL spring title, with which comes a semifinal spot in the championship playoffs following the fall season, will be decided next weekend because the 2015 NASL champion New York Cosmos lost, 2-1, at the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. The Cosmos, however, are still poised to lift the spring championship.

For the Cosmos, who were prefect at home but fell four times on the road, the loss to the Strikers was their final game of the season, while the three teams -- Indy Eleven, Tampa Bay and Ft. Lauderdale -- that are three points back have a game in hand.

NASL Standings: New York Cosmos 18; Indy Eleven 15, Tampa Bay Rowdies 15; Fort Lauderdale Strikers 15; Carolina RailHawks 14; FC Edmonton 14; Minnesota United 13; Rayo OKC 11; Ottawa Fury FC 8, Miami FC 7, Jacksonville Armada 6.

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But the Cosmos have a plus-7 goal difference. The team in best position to tie the Cosmos on points and finish first on the goal difference tiebreaker is Indy Eleven (plus-4). But Indy Eleven would need to beat Carolina by four goals next Saturday.

Indy Eleven, currently with three wins and six ties, could finish the spring season unbeaten without lifting the title. It managed only a scoreless tie on Saturday at Miami FC, which has won just once and scored only six goals nine games into its first NASL season.

Week 10 Results:
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 1 (Angulo 35, Moura 74) New York 1 (Arango 92+)
Att.: 1,297
Tampa Bay 2 (Hristov 20, 52) Ottawa 1 (Haworth 49)
Att.: 6,078
Miami FC 0 Indy Eleven 0
Att.: 1,837
Carolina 0 Jacksonville 0
Att.: 5,786
Rayo OKC 1 (Gibson 70) Minnesota 0
Att.: 4,118

Leading Scorers
5 Michel (Rayo OKC)
4 Juan Arrango (New York), Christian Ramirez (Minnesota), Maicon Santos (Ft. Lauderdale), Eamon Zayed (Indy Eleven).

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