It is has been an eventful week in the NASL already as four clubs played matches in the U.S. Open Cup this past Wednesday.
On Wednesday, four NASL teams faced the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. Miami FC captured a 2-0 home victory over their Florida rivals, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, while the San Francisco Deltas won, 2-1, away from home against Phoenix Rising FC. North Carolina FC smashed USL side Charlotte Independence, 4-1, at home, while the Jacksonville Armada represented the lone NASL loss of the night, losing, 1-0, to a USL side in the Charlotte Battery.
In the league, Miami still sits atop the table with the Armada merely two points behind them. Both Indy Eleven and Puerto Rico FC are still seeking their first league victories of the season, sitting in the last two places in the table.
Here is a closer look at the upcoming matches:
Miami FC at Jacksonville Armada (Saturday, 7:00PM, ESPN3)
After a busy slate of U.S. Open Cup matches, Miami FC and the Jacksonville Armada will hope to return to form in league play.
On a six-game undefeated streak in the league, atop the NASL table, and after a win in the U.S Open Cup, Miami FC is making a case for being the best team in the league. On top of their success, forward Enzo Rennella has scored in five straight matches in all competitions. Although away from home, Miami will be primed to continue their undefeated streak, and possibly take home all three points on the road.
The Armada are coming off of a crushing loss to the Charlotte Battery home, and will be looking to bounce back against Miami on Saturday night. Only a win will see them surpass Miami in the table, and although they are at home, capturing all three points will be a difficult task. The Armada’s 2-1 home win over North Carolina FC marked their second straight league victory, and saw them move into second place in the table. They will be looking to keep their league streak alive and secure a third win at home this weekend.
FC Edmonton at Puerto Rico FC (Saturday, 7:30PM, BEIN Sports)
Neither FC Edmonton nor Puerto Rico FC played in the U.S. Open Cup this past Wednesday, giving them ample rest for this weekend’s match.
Last Saturday saw Puerto Rico FC draw 1-1 against league-leaders Miami FC. While not a win, Puerto Rico looked good on the evening, but showed that, while they can look dangerous in attack, their finishing still needs work. Playing at home against a struggling Edmonton side, this will be a good chance to Puerto Rico to try and get their first win of the season.
Coming off of a 2-1 win over Indy Eleven last Saturday, the Eddies will look to continue their winning ways against Puerto Rico FC. Last time these two teams met, the Eddies took a 2-1 victory, only conceding in stoppage time. The Eddies will hope for a similar result, as only a string of good finishes will see them advance up the table.
Indy Eleven at San Francisco Deltas (Saturday, 10:00PM, Twitter)
Indy Eleven will hope to take advantage of a tired San Fransisco Deltas side this weekend as they face off in San Francisco on Saturday.
Indy Eleven is still looking for their first win of the season, having lost their last three matches. Playing away from home against the Deltas, who won on Saturday, will not be an easy task. If they do rescue a result however, it will be through Justin Braun, who is tied for first in league assist, and sits in second for league goals.
The San Francisco Deltas will hope to build off of their 2-1 Open Cup win when they come home on Saturday to face struggling Indy Eleven. Having been shut out by the Cosmos in a 0-0 draw last weekend, the Deltas seem to have found their shooting boots in Phoenix, and will look to continue their form against Indy in California.
New York Cosmos at North Carolina FC (Sunday, 4:00PM, ESPN3)
On Sunday afternoon the New York Cosmos will face North Carolina FC on the road in North Carolina.
North Carolina FC is coming off of a convincing 4-1 win in Open Cup play on Wednesday, and will hope to keeping winning in league play at home. North Carolina is second in the league for goals scored, and it showed on Wednesday. At home on Sunday, North Carolina will hope to keep up their scoring form and move back into second in the league.
The New York Cosmos played to a 0-0 draw at home last weekend, and will be hoping to find some goals away from home this Sunday. Having only scored 9 goals this season, tied for third worst in the league, the Cosmos will hope to take advantage of a tired North Carolina side and move into second in the table on Sunday.