NASL Week 4

All right! Let’s look at the Week 4 action in the NASL. Three games, all won by one goal, with 9 total goals. Lots of action this week and the standings are getting rather knotted up as a result.

FC Edmonton 1 – 0 San Antonio Scorpions

The lone home win of Week 4 came in the Sunday match, and left San Antonio as the only team without a goal on the weekend. The goal came when Edson Edward won a penalty at the end of the first half thanks to his powerful run and a drag-down in the box by Kevin Harmse. The penalty was converted by Shaun Saiko to give Edmonton their first win in their first home game of the season.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 – 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies

Tampa Bay took an away win in the intrastate rivalry with Fort Lauderdale, thanks to  goals from Luke Mullholland (43′) and Alex Dixon (78′). Fort Lauderdale pulled a goal back at 80′ thanks to Walter Restrepo’s excellent finish from a tight angle after rounding the keeper, but the Strikers were unable to find the equalizer in the last ten minutes. Fort Lauderdale are now mired at 1 point from 4 matches and a -5 goal differential, and will need a dramatic turnaround to climb into contention for the Spring Season title. Tampa Bay sits at the opposite end of the table, at 7 points with 4 games played.

Atlanta Silverbacks 2 – 3 Minnesota United

The game of the week lived up to its billing as Minnesota got a scrappy win in Atlanta in a back-and-forth match.  The first goal — a low, hard free kick goal from Atlanta’s Milton Blanco at 17′ — was countered with a header at 23′ by Minnesota’s Brian Kallman off a corner kick from Simone Bracallelo. Then the teams exchanged penalties by Atlanta’s Ruben Luna (26′) and Bracallelo (51′), both called from handballs in the box. Minnesota claimed all three points when Aaron Pitchkolan fired home a shot at 61′ from a scramble in the penalty area, with Silverbacks keeper Joe Nasco nowhere to be found.

Tale of the Table

Wins by Minnesota and Tampa Bay vault them into a three-way tie with the idle RailHawks for first in the league. Atlanta’s loss leaves them just a point out of that logjam. Edmonton’s first win brings them to 4 points and a notch above basement dwellers San Antonio and Fort Lauderdale.

Carolina RailHawks 3 2 1 0 3 7
Minnesota United FC 3 2 1 0 3 7
Tampa Bay Rowdies 4 2 1 1 2 7
Atlanta Silverbacks 3 2 0 1 2 6
FC Edmonton 4 1 1 2 -2 4
San Antonio Scorpions 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4 0 1 3 -5 1

Up Next

Sat 4 May: Edmonton at Tampa Bay; Carolina at Minnesota; Atlanta at San Antonio
(bye for Fort Lauderdale)

Carolina and Minnesota will both fight for the top of the table, which should be the most important game. They all look interesting though!

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