Wednesday, June 13, 2012

NASL Week 10 Rewind


Article by Doak Gips


After a couple of ridiculously busy weeks, with some teams playing four games in 11 days, the NASL schedule has finally come back down to earth, thankfully. After a small learning period, San Antonio have proved that they are no joke, running off 8 straight league games without a loss. Carolina has also started to work their way back up the standings, which looks to have been kick-started with their 2-1 win in the US Open Cup over the LA Galaxy. But there are other games to talk about. 

Carolina Railhawks vs. Minnesota Stars

Just kidding. Were starting with this game. The Railhawks made the Stars look silly by putting on a 5-1 hurt on the Stars in front of 2,580 fans at WakeMed Soccer Park. The clinic began in the 24th minute, when Austin Da Luz sent in a cross off a half volley(seriously, a half-volley. It was a damn good pass) to a rising Austen King, who placed a nice header past Matthew Van Oekel. The 2nd goal was slightly luckier as Nick Zimmerman takes a blast that looks to be covered by Van Oekel, only for it to take a wicked deflection off Railhawk Forward Zack Schilawski and into the net. 


The Stars fought back right before half though, as Simone Bracalello suddenly found the ball at his feet and sent it right by Ray Burse. This seemed to just annoy the Railhawks, as they came and dropped three on Minnesota in the 2nd half. The first one was bad defense, as Minnesota left Schilawksi completely unmarked, who promptly clanked one off the post, right to a waiting Brian Shriver. Schilawski finally gets his goal with the fourth, which was played to him on a beautiful through ball from Breiner Ortiz. The Railhawks got to finish off their romp with a free kick in stoppage from right outside the 18 from Ty Shipalane to Jason Garey's forehead.

FC Edmonton vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

The Eddies looked to get back to their winning ways, and did, beating Fort Lauderdale 1-0 in front of 1, 496 faithful at Clarke Stadium. The Eddies hadn't won a game in over a month, but it was their defense who played the strongest this game, holding the Strikers to two shots the entire second half. You can't really blame them, as in the 33rd minute, Antonio Rago was sent off on what looks to be an extremely poor decision, which not only sent the Eddies down to 10 men, it also gave Fort Lauderdale a PK, which could not be converted by Abe Thompson. And then a hurricane hit. Not really, of course, but it began to FLOOD at Clarke Stadium, which I would argue ended up helping Edmonton. The skies were clear for the second half, and so was Shaun Saiko. Clearly, no one on the Strikers did their homework, or have read my recaps, as they left Saiko unmarked to send  in a low cross to the streaking substitute Michael Cox, who flicked it past Matt Glaeser for the goal.

Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Unlike Minnesota, Puerto Rico has decided to forego slowing down, and continue to beat opponents right on through the season, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 in front of 1,012 fans at Bayamon Soccer Complex. A quiet first half brought on a much more lively second half, as the Islanders were awarded a penalty, but could not convert. It didn't look that way for the better part of 80 minutes though, as both teams played to a stalemate until the Islanders won a corner. A nice swinging ball into the box from David Foley found the head of Jay Needham to take the Islanders up 1-0. The Islanders finished the business at the end of the clock with a through ball from Jonathan Fana to Jarad Van Schaik, who was left unmarked to finish off the Rowdies.

San Antonio Scorpions vs. Atlanta Silverbacks 


San Antonio isn't playing around. With a handful of former MLS talent at their disposal, they have moved to 2nd in the NASL standings, continuing this run by putting a clinical beating on the Silverbacks, 3-0 in front of 7,007 fans at Heroes Stadium. Pablo Campos is starting to heat on the year, as he sent an absolute rocket by Silverbacks keeper Daniel Illyes to open the scoring. The Scorpions weren't done yet though, as 10 minutes later Walter Ramirez was allowed one of the easiest goals he will ever score, as the keeper had already dived for a first ball across, and allowed Ramirez to simply tap in the free shot. Pablo Campos made sure to remind you that he can be a very good player, by making a great flick move forward, and then beating Illyes for his brace.


Coming up this next week in NASL play, Atlanta takes on Carolina, Fort Lauderdale takes on Edmonton, Puerto Rico faces San Antonio, and Minnesota will face Tampa Bay.

Here's your updated NASL standings.


TEAM
GP
W
T
L
GD
PTS
Puerto Rico Islanders
10
6
2
2
12
20
San Antonio Scorpions
10
5
4
1
5
19
Minnesota Stars FC
10
4
5
1
2
17
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
11
3
4
4
-3
13
Tampa Bay Rowdies
11
3
3
5
-4
12
FC Edmonton
10
3
2
5
0
11
Carolina RailHawks
11
2
5
4
-2
11
Atlanta Silverbacks
11
1
5
5
-10
8


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1 comment:

  1. Colin BloodworthJune 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Great Jee-orb there Doak.

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