NASL Rewind: Minnesota ends Indy Eleven's streak

Minnesota United's Christian Ramirez  scored his ninth and 10th goals of 2016 in a 2-0 win that ended Indy Eleven's 13-game undefeated streak one game short of setting a league record. The New York Cosmos suffered their first loss of the Fall Season but lead the Fall and overall standings.

Indy Eleven tied the league record, with six wins and seven ties that helped it win the Spring Season title, with a 3-0 Wednesday win over Fort Lauderdale but had no answer on Saturday for Ramirez, who scored his both his goals within the first six minutes.

With the victory, Minnesota, a preseason favorite that finished a disappointing fourth-place in the Spring Season, moved into fourth place in the overall standings. (Spring and Fall Season first-place finishers and the two teams with the best overall records earn semifinal spots.)

"Let's be fair, there's a reason they're at the top of the league, because they're gritty, they made it difficult for us, they're physically massive, it's tough, they're a tough team to play against,” said Minnesota United coach Carl Craig.

2016 Leading Scorers
10 Christian Ramirez (Minnesota)
8 Michel (Rayo OKC)
7 Eamon Zayed (Indy Eleven)
5 Dario Cvitanvich (Miami)
5 Georgi Hristov (Tampa Bay)

The Cosmos beat Jacksonville, 3-0, on Wednesday to open the Fall Season with four straight wins before falling, 3-0, to Rayo OKC, for which Michel scored his eight goal of the season. Miami FC won its first game of the Fall Season and second game of 2016 with a 1-0 win over Jacksonville on Saturday. Tampa Bay won its first game of the Fall Season with a 3-0 win over expansion newcomer Puerto Rico that featured a bicycle kick golazo by 34-year-old English veteran Joe Cole.

NASL Fall Week 3, Results
Wednesday, July 13
Indy Eleven 3 (Zayed 10, Lacroix 21, Janicki 26) Ft. Lauderdale 0
Att: 6,132
New York 3 (Flores 27, Diosa 36, Moffat 79) Jacksonville 0
Att.: 3,827
Rayo OKC 2 (Velasquez 83, Michel 90) Puerto Rico 2 (Ramos 34, Rudy 55)
Att.: 3,531

Saturday, July 16
Ft. Lauderdale 0 Carolina 1 (Shriver 23)
Att.: 1,082
Tampa Bay 3 (Cole 10, Avila 25, Heineman 90+) Puerto Rico 0
Att.: 5,873
Miami FC 1 (Chavez 92+) Jacksonville 0
Att.: 3,627
Minnesota 2 (Ramirez 3, 6) Indy Eleven 0
Att.: 9,460
Rayo OKC 3 (Michel 49, 65, Samaras 94+) New York 0
Att.: 4,621

Sunday, July 17
Edmonton 1 (Ledgerwood 82) Ottawa 0
Att.: 2,861

NASL Standings
New York 9 // Rayo OKC 8 Indy Eleven 7 FC Edmonton 7 Minnesota 6 Carolina 6 Tampa Bay 4 Miami FC 4 Jacksonville 4 Puerto Rico 2 Ft. Lauderdale 1 Ottawa 0
New York 27 *Indy Eleven 25 FC Edmonton 24 Minnesota 22 // Rayo OKC 20 Tampa Bay 20 Carolina 20 Ft. Lauderdale 16 Miami FC 11 Jacksonville 11 Ottawa 9 Puerto Rico 2
* Won Spring Season

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