Defending champion Miami FC rallies to reach NPSL semifinals

Defending champion Miami FC scored four second-half goals to overcome a 1-0 deficit and beat Tulsa Athletic, 4-1, to win the NPSL's South regional final.

The New York Cosmos B, ASC San Diego and Cleveland SC also advanced.

Two goals by Ariel Martinez iced the win for Miami FC after fellow Cuban Dario Suarez came off the bench and put Miami FC ahead in the 69th minute. Miguel Gonzalez tied the score in the 61st minute to cancel out Aboubakr Diallo's first half goal for Tulsa.

Ansi Agolli and Junior Burgos scored in the second half to lift the Cosmos B to a 3-1 victory over FC Baltimore Christos in the Northeast regional final at Mitchel Athletic Complex. Agolli, the former Albanian national team captain, had the winner for the second consecutive match after scoring in the 1-0 win over the Brooklyn Italians in the North Atlantic Conference final.

Cleveland SC is the only semifinalist not slated to play in the Founders Cup this fall after beating Detroit City FC, 3-2, in a shootout in the Midwest final before 4,568 fans at Keyworth Stadium. Cleveland came back from 2-0 down at the half to tie the score at 2-2 thanks to goals from Tom Beck and Antonio Manfut.

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Saturday, July 20
West FC Arizona 1 ASC San Diego 2. ((Nuno 53; Waligorski 17, own goal 29.)
South Miami FC 4 Tulsa Athletic 1. (Gonzalez 61, Suarez 69, Martinez pen. 83, 89; Diallo 25.)
Sunday, July 21
Northeast New York Cosmos B 3 FC Baltimore Christos 1. (Acuna 5, Agolli 79, Burgos 82; Gumbs 45.)
Midwest Detroit City FC 2 Cleveland SC 2 (2-3 on PKs). (Lawson 40, Todd pen. 45; Beck 52, Manfut 60.)

1 comment about "Defending champion Miami FC rallies to reach NPSL semifinals".
  1. Eric Anderson, July 22, 2019 at 11:06 a.m.

    Per the NPSL website and the ASC San Diego Twitter account, ASC San Diego defeated FC Arizona 2-1 in the West final.


    Also from NPSL website
    Semifinals
    Saturday, July 27
    Miami FC vs. Cleveland SC, 7 p.m. at FIU Soccer Stadium
    New York Cosmos B vs. ASC San Diego, 7 p.m. at Mitchel Athletic Complex
     
     
     

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