While a few of the outcomes from NASL action this weekend were easily foreseeable, three results were particularly intriguing.
In Carolina, the RailHawks impressed offensively before failing in the back and settling for a 3-3 draw against Miami FC. Similarly, the New York Cosmos looked to have three points in the bag in Tampa Bay, but a late comeback kept the Rowdies in an upward trajectory.
Indy Eleven continued to impress with another victory at home, while the Ottawa Fury won on the road in Jacksonville. Elsewhere, Puerto Rico got their first NASL win after failing in four previous attempts, and over a resilient Rayo OKC side no less.
Here’s a closer look at the best of this weekend’s NASL action:
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tiyi Shipalane whipped in two splendid crosses in the final 30 minutes of the Carolina RailHawks game against Miami FC. Those two assists took the home team from zero points to three, before another defensive lapse gifted Miami a late equalizer. If new signing Omar Bravo continues getting that kind of service, it will certainly be hard to keep the RailHawks off the scoresheet.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Minnesota United put on a show for the home fans this weekend, giving the fans something to cheer about with a 3-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. A beautiful goal, quick thinking on a free kick and an all-around solid performance led to an easy victory.
GOAL OF THE WEEK
Juan Arango struck a fantastic free kick in the Cosmos’ game against the Rowdies, sending his team ahead and shocking the home crowd in Tampa.
J.C. Banks hit a long-range strike for Minnesota United on Saturday that cannot be ignored. Banks collected a pass from Ibson around 30 yards out from goal before hitting a ball into the lower corner.