It was not the busiest week in NASL, but all three visiting sides earned three valuable points on the road.
Play kicked off on Friday, as the visiting Jacksonville Armada comfortably cruised past the San Francisco Deltas, 3-0, at Kezar Stadium. Saturday offered a double header, North Carolina FC held off Puerto Rico FC, 2-1, while Indy Eleven folded, 2-0, at home against league-leaders Miami FC.
Here is a closer look at this weekend’s action:
SAN FRANCISCO DELTAS 0, JACKSONVILLE ARMADA FC 3
Being on the road in West Coast turned out to be no problem for the Armada. In the 28th minute, Zack Steinberger’s header from the center of the box would open the score, and would set the tone for the remainder of the game. Right before halftime, the Armada’s number 10 would record his brace with another striking header.
In the 73rd minute, Derek Gebhard’s strike via a Steinberger through pass would seal the win for the Armada despite the Deltas’ 11 shots and superior possession. The Armada jumped to third on table, with 13 points this Spring Season.
PUERTO RICO FC 1, NORTH CAROLINA FC 2
Billy Schuler’s stoppage time dagger gave North Carolina FC all three points in Puerto Rico. The substitutes’ left-footed strike from the center of the box would find the bottom corner, giving Austin Pack no chance for a game-changing save. The late goal would be one of the two unanswered goals scored in the second half by the visiting side.
Rudy Dawson’s 27th minute header would break deadlock but failed to be enough for Puerto Rico. North Carolina FC now stands second in the Spring Season table with 14 points.
INDY ELEVEN 0, MIAMI FC 2
Visiting Miami FC put an end to Indy Eleven’s unbeaten home record. With goals from forwards Vincenzo Rennella and Kwadwo Poku, Miami was able to seal a dominating road victory. With the victory, Alessandro Nesta’s men have yet to drop points in their last four bouts.
Miami FC remain top of the table with 17 points, while Indy Eleven sit sixth.