Last kick Minnesota United victory highlights NASL week two

Andy Marlin

The NASL spring table is shaping up nicely for the Cosmos, but would look better if not for a last minute winner from Christian Ramirez

The Cosmos won their second match of the 2014 season on Saturday, ensuring that they'd remain atop the table with six points from their first two games. The four other contests helped the table take shape behind them, here's what results week two brought:

Ottawa Fury 1 - Minnesota United 2

Minnesota United continue to impress, looking relatively solid going forward while limiting Ottawa to just four shots. The game looked as if it was going to end in a 1-1 draw though, until some terrible defending allowed the Loons to take the points with the final kick of the game.

Miguel Ibarra opened the scoring with a fantastic first half strike, before Vini Dantas leveled it by becoming the first Fury player to score a goal. Christian Ramirez was the man that scored the winner for the second week in a row, though this one was down to calamitous defending more than anything.

With the win, Minnesota remain level with the Cosmos on six points, though they trail based on goal differential. Ottawa are still yet to record their first point of the season, and will need to do so next week against Carolina or they can probably forget about challenging for the spring season title.

Atlanta Silverbacks 1 - San Antonio Scorpions 2

Eric Wynalda believed that his side were better than their opponents on Saturday evening, and most of the stats from that contest would indicate that they were. Unfortunately, simply looking at possession and shot totlas doesn't tell the whole story from this one.

Like in their week one loss to the Cosmos, the Silverbacks had long spells of decent play mixed with moments where they simply shut off. Nothing sums this up better than the opening seconds of the second half, where San Antonio managed to double their 1-0 halftime lead with a goal within 20 seconds.

Once up 2-0, the Scorpions seemed content to simply sit back and defend, while Wynalda responded by throwing everything he had at the San Antonio defense. They finally broke through and scored their first goal of the season with ten minutes remaining, but it was too little, too late. San Antonio now sit on three points, while Atlanta are winless with a -5 GD.

Carolina RailHawks 4 - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1

Carolina's attack looked a bit out of sync in their opener against Indy, but they looked considerably better against a poor Fort lauderdale side. A brace from each of Zack Schilawski and Enzo Martinez were more than enough to top Chris Nurse's 47th minute goal, and this one never really looked to be in doubt. The result leaves Carolina on four points, while the Strikers sit just behind them on three.

Indy Eleven 1 - Tampa bay Rowdies 1

Indy looked very impressive in their opening night draw against Carolina, but really seemed to struggle with the Tampa attack on Saturday. Some great goalkeeping managed to keep the Tampa lead to just 1-0 until Erick Norales managed to level the score in the 82nd minute.

Both squads will now be a bit desperate for a win in their week three fixtures, as each of them are sitting on just two points. Both have shown flashes of excellent attacking play thus far, but haven't managed to find the back of the net with any consistency.

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