NASL Rewind: Jacksonville falls as Miami streaks

The Jacksonville Armada, in first place two weeks ago, dropped to fifth place after a 3-1 loss to North Carolina while Miami won its third straight game to remain on top of the spring standings after Week 8 action. Defending champ New York Cosmos moved into third with a 4-3 win over Puerto Rico while newcomer San Francisco moved into second.

The Cosmos, whose game was postponed because of rain from Saturday to Sunday at its Coney Island stadium, recovered from a 2-0 deficit after Puerto Rico's Yuma was red-carded in the 35th minute.

Enzo Rennella, Dylan Mares and Robert Baggio Kcira scored for Miami as it beat Indy Eleven, 3-2, handing the 2016 Soccer Bowl runner-up its first loss of the season.

Jamaican Lance Laing scored his third and fourth goals of the season in North Carolina's 3-1 win over previously unbeaten Jacksonville. Laing is tied with Justin Braun, who scored late in Indy's loss, in the league leading scorers' race.

• Miami has won three straight games

• Puerto Rico has lost four straight games.

• Indy Eleven and Puerto Rico remain the only winless teams.

• The Cosmos' win over Puerto Rico marked its first win in three games at MCU Park, which they moved into the season.

• An 89th minute free kick by Cristian Portilla gave San Francisco a 1-0 win at Edmonton and back-to-back road wins.

Spring Season, Week 8 results
Miami FC 3 (Rennella 46+, Mares 61, Kcira 65) Indy Eleven 2 (own goal-Freeman 56, Braun 83)
Att.: 5,735
North Carolina 3 (Marcelin 27, Laing 41, 69-pen.) Jacksonville 1 (Blake 12-pen.)
Att.: 4,543
New York 4 (Flores 42, Guerra 47+, Richter 50, Restrepo 58) Puerto Rico 3 (Gentile 15, Welshman 16, Dias 64-pen.)
Att.: 2,240
Edmonton 0 San Francisco 1 (Portilla 89)
Att.: 2,968

NASL Spring Standings
14 Miami 4-1-2 12-7
12 San Francisco 3-1-3 7-4
12 New York 3-1-3 9-8
11 North Carolina 3-2-2 11-9
10 Jacksonville 2-1-4 6-6
6 Indy Eleven 0-1-6 8-9
4 Edmonton 1-5-1 3-9
3 Puerto Rico 0-4-3 9-13

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