By COLE KELLOG
The New York Cosmos will try to work its way into the Fall Season’s top four with a home win over the San Antonio Scorpions this weekend.
After a slew of unimpressive results to start the fall season, the Cosmos have now won two of their last three matches. The Scorpions, meanwhile, sit near the bottom of the league table six games in.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies will face Floridian competition for the second straight week as they travel to Fort Lauderdale to play the Strikers. Each side scored three goals last weekend, with Maicon Santos hitting a brace for the Rowdies and Leo Fernandes getting on the board yet again for the Strikers.
Elsewhere around NASL, league-leaders Ottawa Fury FC will play host to the fourth-place Minnesota United, the Atlanta Silverbacks will visit the Jacksonville Armada, and the Carolina RailHawks will try to climb back up the table away to FC Edmonton.
Here is a closer look at this weekend’s matchups:
NEW YORK COSMOS vs. SAN ANTONIO SCORPIONS (Saturday, 7 p.m., WatchESPN)
The New York Cosmos may have lost its unbeaten record this fall, but the team is still performing at home. Gio Savarese’s men will look to extend their unbeaten run at home to 15 matches when they welcome the San Antonio Scorpions this weekend.
The Cosmos have earned two wins and a draw in their last three matches, and have scored seven goals in that stretch. Last weekend, the team secured a three-goal comeback against the Strikers after going behind early.
The San Antonio Scorpions have hit tough times since their 2014 NASL championship. The team are currently in the 10th spot in the table. While the team has managed eight goals in its last three matches, they have been poor defensively and only have one point to show for it.
OTTAWA FURY FC vs. MINNESOTA UNITED FC (Saturday, 7 p.m., WatchESPN)
At this point in the fall season, it is no secret that the Ottawa Fury are a team that shows no signs of slowing down. The Canadian side has been phenomenal in the attack since the mid-season break, with several members of the team stepping up in the attack.
Tom Heinemann, Andrew Wiedeman, Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Richie Ryan have all taken turns providing a spark as of late. Fury FC is still undefeated this fall, posting five back-to-back victories in their last five games.
Minnesota United have not been as fortunate. The future MLS side has collected nine points from seven matches this fall. United have won twice, lost once and drawn once in their last four games. In that time, Christian Ramirez has been on fire, scoring in five straight NASL matches.
FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS vs. TAMPA BAY ROWDIES (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., WatchESPN)
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result last time out, drawing, 3-3, with the Cosmos after holding a three-goal lead against the spring season champions.
A Walter Ramirez brace following an early Gabriel strike gave the Strikers that lead against New York at home.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have struggled this fall, only posting two wins on either side of three losses and a draw. That second win came last week, though, in a 3-2 result against the Jacksonville Armada. Maicon Santos scored a brace in that match, followed by a winner from Brian Shriver.
JACKSONVILLE ARMADA vs. ATLANTA SILVERBACKS (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., WatchESPN)
The Armada have shown well for an expansion side, yet have not exploded the way the league’s top teams have this fall. The team is coming off of a 3-0 win at home over the Carolina RailHawks, courtesy of strikes from Jaime Castrillon, Akeil Barrett, and Jemal Johnson.
With that result, the Armada have a record of 2-1-1 in its last four matches.
After three wins in their last four games, the Atlanta Silverbacks are in a much better position than they were after the season began. The Silverbacks sit in second place, just five points behind the Fury.
Pedro Mendes has scored four goals in his last three matches for the Silverbacks, and Jaime Chavez has also found scoring consistency as of late.
FC EDMONTON vs. CAROLINA RAILHAWKS (Sunday, 4 p.m., WatchESPN)
FC Edmonton will try to continue their impressive season as they play host to the Carolina RailHawks this weekend.
The Eddies have slowed down from an incredible start to the fall, earning a 1-2-1 record in their last four matches. Tomi Ameobi has scored in each of the team’s last two matches, but the attack has hit stagnancy after success early in the fall.
The Carolina RailHawks have only posted two wins this season, and will be hoping to take advantage from FC Edmonton’s recent slide to earn a third win. The RailHawks haven’t performed so well themselves recently, though, losing twice and conceding six goals in their last three times out.
The RailHawks will hope that performances from Tiyi Shipalane and Nacho Novo will give their team a spark to win this Sunday matchup.