NASL Rewind: Cosmos clinch Fall Championship

The New York Cosmos clinched the 2016 Fall Championship and earned the top seed in the four-team postseason playoffs. The Cosmos' 4-2 win over Jacksonville and FC Edmonton's 3-1 loss to Minnesota gave Coach Giovanni Savarese's team an insurmountable lead atop the fall standings. One playoff spot remains up for grabs.

Indy Eleven had clinched a playoff spot by winning the Spring Championship and FC Edmonton clinched last week by guaranteeing for itself top-four finish in the combined standings.

The Cosmos, which last year won the Spring Championship and the 2015 NASL Championship, scored three goals in the final 10 minutes in its win over Jacksonville as Savarese celebrated his 50th regular season win, a feat accomplished by two other coaches: Colin Clarke and Manny Lagos.

The Cosmos will host a semifinal Nov. 5 at Shuart Stadium, and they will host the final, because they'll finish atop the combined standings, should they prevail in the semis. Indy Eleven will host Edmonton in the other semifinal Nov. 5, at Carroll Stadium.

Fall Season, Week 16 Results
OCTOBER 12
Jacksonville 0 Indy Eleven 0
Att.: 1,254
Carolina 0 Rayo OKC 1 (Michel 82)
Att.: 3,308
Ft. Lauderdale 1 (Moura 11) Edmonton 0
Att.: 418
OCTOBER 14
Miami FC 2 (Chavez 16, Poku 21) Tampa Bay 2 (Hristov 27, Guerra 67)
Att.: 5,215
OCTOBER 15
Ft. Lauderdale 2 (Moura 78, Angulo 85) Puerto Rico 0
Att.: 1,065
Jacksonsville 2 (Keita 66, Steinberger 79) New York 4 (Orozco 23, Arango 83, 88, Arrieta 95+)
Att.: 3,044
Indy Eleven 3 (Braun 45, Paterson 77, Youla 90) Carolina 0
Att.: 8,649
Minnesota 3 (Ramirez 23, 53, Pinho 84) Edmonton 1 (Watson 16)
Att.: 8,059
OCTOBER 15
Rayo OKC 3 (Michel 36, 84, Forbes 61) Ottawa 1 (Gentile 28)
Att.: 987

Six teams are still in contention for the fourth and final playoff spot: Minnesota United (combined standings: 30 games played of 32/41 points), Rayo OKC (30/41), Tampa Bay (29/38), Fort Lauderdale (30/38), Miami FC (29/37) and Carolina (30/37).

Minnesota ended a six-game winless streak with the 3-1 win over Edmonton in which Christian Ramirez scored twice. His second marked Ramirez’s 50th NASL goal and he now trails all-time leader Pablo Campos by three goals.

2016 Leading Scorers:
18 Christian Ramirez (Minnesota)
14 Eamon Zayed (Indy Eleven)
14 Juan Arango (NY Cosmos)
14 Michel (Rayo OKC)
10 Georgi Hristov (Tampa Bay)
9 Dario Cvitanich (Miami)

"Absolutely massive, we're in a good position, we've got the three points, we go to Carolina next week,” said Minnesota United coach Carl Craig on the win over FC Edmonton. “We can go into Carolina now with a bit of confidence knowing that we can get results, so in that regard it's good, it's positive.”

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