NASL Rewind: Edmonton rises with strong goalkeeping

FC Edmonton's fifth win in a row, a 1-0 victory at Tampa Bay on a penalty kick by Daryl Fordyce, lifted the Eddies into first place of the Fall Season and overall standings.

FC Edmonton, whose last four victories have been 1-0 scorelines, has played one less game than second-place New York, which trails by two points, and spring champ Indy Eleven, which trails by three points.

Goalkeeper Matt VanOekel, who made nine saves against Tampa Bay, has posted a league-high 10 shutouts in 19 games and a has made a league-high 70 saves in 2016 for Edmonton.

“It’s a critical win for us to be honest," said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. "Matt VanOekel was fantastic tonight, absolutely fantastic, and absolutely the difference here between the two [teams].”

Fall Season, Week 8 Results:
Jacksonville 1 (Steinberger 42) Ft. Lauderdale 1 (Angulo 20)
Att.: 2,472
Minnesota 2 (Speas 18, Ramirez 62) Tampa Bay 0
Att.: 8,207
Jacksonville 0 Minnesota 0
Att.: 2,516
Ft. Lauderdale 3 (Amauri 17, 77, own goal 83) Ottawa 1 (Haworth 28)
Att.: 2,247
Carolina 3 (Fondy 23, Miller 54, Bravo pen. 95+) Jacksonville 2 (Janicki 20, Zayed pen. 30)
Att.: 6,106
Puerto Rico 1 (Ramos 28) New York 2 (Arrietta 62, Flores 91+)
Att.: 4,208
Tampa Bay 0 Edmonton 1 (Fordyce pen. 74)
Att.: 4,596
Rayo OKC 1 (Findley 25) Miami 2 (Campos 79, Martinez 94+)
Att.: 1,251

Ft. Lauderdale is undefeated in three games since the arrival of Amauri, the 36-year-old Brazilian-born striker who spent most of his career in Italy and played once for the Azzurri. Amauri scored once in last week's 2-0 win over Miami and twice in a 3-1 win on Saturday against Ottawa, the second a spectacular bicycle kick.

2016 Leading Scorers:
13 Christian Ramirez (Minnesota)
12 Eamon Zayed (Indy Eleven)
8 Michel (Rayo OKC)
7 Juan Arango (NY Cosmos)
7 Carl Haworth (Ottawa)
7 Adam Moffat (NY Cosmos)
7 Hector Ramos (Puerto Rico FC)

Fall Standings | Overall Standings | Schedule

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