2016 NASL Semifinals
Saturday, Nov. 5
Indy Eleven (No. 2) vs. FC Edmonton (No. 3) 3 pm ET.
New York Cosmos (No. 1 seed) vs. Rayo OKC (No. 4) 7 pm ET.
The 2015 champion Cosmos finished atop the Fall Season and Combined Season standings. Indy Eleven finished first in Spring Season standings, while FC Edmonton and Rayo OKC qualified for postseason play by finishing third and fourth, respectively, in the combined standings.
Minnesota had to settle for fifth place after succumbing to a goal by 18-year-old U.S. youth international Eric Calvillo in his first pro start. The Cosmos finished the regular season with three straight wins.
Week 18, Results
Miami 1 (Martinez 65) Edmonton 0
Ottawa 0 Ft. Lauderdale 1 (Amauri 66)
Puerto Rico 2 (Rivera 6, Ramos 42) Carolina 1 (Moses 32)
Minnesota 0 New York 1 (Calvillo 49)
Jacksonville 3 (Keita 29, Johnson 83, Steinberger 84) Tampa Bay 2 (Vingaard 4, Savage 19)
Rayo OKC 0 (Velasquez 61, Hernandez 85) Indy Eleven 0 (Paterson 52)
Rayo OKC finished the regular-season on
a 10-game unbeaten streak with its win over Indy Eleven, which took the lead on a Nicki Paterson penalty kick before
Sebastian Velasquez equalized and Moises Hernandez hit the gamewinner.
Minnesota’s Christian Ramirez, who also won the Golden Boot in 2014, finished as the league’s leading scorer.
2016 Leading Scorers:
18 Christian Ramirez (Minnesota)
15 Eamon Zayed (Indy Eleven)
15 Juan Arango (NY Cosmos)
14 Michel (Rayo OKC)
11 Georgi Hristov (Tampa Bay)
9 Dario Cvitanich (Miami)
9 Joe Cole (Tampa Bay)