Around the NASL: Scores and Stats

Oct 9, 2017

The Miami FC fell to the San Francisco Deltas on Saturday night, but the Orange and Blue remains in first place in both the Fall Season and Combined Standings.

This past week in the NASL was a peculiar one, as all four home teams were unable to take home three points. Indy was the only one to even gain one point, with Miami, Edmonton and Puerto Rico all getting bested.

FC Edmonton 0 - 1 Jacksonville Armada FC

The first real movement of the match came in the 16th minute, when a corner kick was pinged back-and-forth by a pair of Jacksonville heads and landed in the path of defender Drew Beckie, who skied his close-range effort over the crossbar from just a couple of yards out. 

It didn't take long for the Eddies to respond, as forward Jake Keegan nearly converted a Sainey Nyassi cross into a goal in the 24th minute. Keegan's header got wedged between the crossbar and Jacksonville goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell's mit and eventually gathered by the goalie. 

Jacksonville would get the match's lone goal in the 68th minute. Kalen Ryden wrapped his foot around the ball as it was nearing the end line down the left wing and uncorked a dime of a cross that was thumped into the goal by forward Ciarán Kilduff to give Jacksonville a 1-0 lead and three points.

Match Facts
Goals: 68' - Kilduff (JAX) | Assisted by Ryden
Bookings: 59' - Banks (JAX); 88' - Ryden (JAX)
Possession: FC Edmonton 42.2% - 57.8% Jacksonville Armada FC
Shots: FC Edmonton 10 - 10 Jacksonville Armada FC

Puerto Rico FC 0 - 1 North Carolina FC

North Carolina got a dull affair started in the 23rd minute on the back of a Steven Miller goal. An Austin Da Luz cross was poorly cleared by the Puerto Rico defense and found its way to Miller at the very edge of the box. Miller one-timed his shot perfectly and put enough swerve on it for the ball to tail away from the goalkeeper, clanging off the post and scoot into the goal.

A couple of missed chances by both sides would culminate in a literal last-second close call for North Carolina. Puerto Rico midfielder Conor Doyle latched on to a bouncing ball at the top of the penalty arc and volleyed. He struck the ball brilliantly, but the ball had just a bit too much pace and barely missed the top left corner of the goal. North Carolina would come away with three points.

Match Facts
Goals: 23' - Miller (NCFC)
Bookings: 53' - Quintillá (PRFC); 63' - Kavita (PRFC); 84 - Kandziora (NCFC)
Possession: Puerto Rico FC 50.8% - 49.2% North Carolina FC
​Shots: Puerto Rico FC 13 - 8 North Carolina FC

Indy Eleven 2 - 2 New York Cosmos

A four-goal affair would get going in the 27th minute thanks to a stinging bullet from Indy winger Don Smart. Defender Marco Franco chipped through a pass to Smart near the top left corner of the box and Smart ripped his shot off the Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer's near post and in.

But it wouldn't take long for New York to equalize, as just nine minutes later midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma leveled the match at 1-1. Cosmos midfielder Javi Márquez unleashed a powerful long distance shot that Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch couldn't handle and Ledesma smacked the rebound off the ground and into the net with force.

Both goalies were forced into making important saves, with the crucial stops coming on a dipping Márquez long shot that would've snuck its way into the goal had Busch not steered it away and on a powerful Ben Speas long shot that Maurer did well to keep out. 

Indy found its go-ahead goal in the 64th minute by way of forward Éamon Zayed, marking his second-consecutive season with double-digit goals. Zayed's goal was a tap-in following a great run and pinpoint cross from Smart.

The Eleven's lead would be short-lived, as five minutes later the Cosmos found an equalizer through Márquez, who was left alone with oodles of time and space to get a comfortable shot off and push it past Busch to tie the match at 2-2.

Smart would get the match's last true offensive chance, getting through on goal but striking the crossbar with a potent right-footed strike. The Cosmos escaped from Indianapolis with one point, though Indy probably felt hard-lucked to not come away with all three.

Match Facts
Goals: 27' - Smart (IND) | Assisted by Franco; 36' - Ledesma (NYC); 64' - Zayed (IND) | Assisted by Smart; 69' - Márquez (NYC) | Assisted by Ledesma
Possession: Indy Eleven 45.8% - 54.2% New York Cosmos
​Shots: Indy Eleven 9 - 21 New York Cosmos