The Cosmos saw their unbeaten run ended at home yesterday, losing 1-0 to the San Antonio Scorpions despite dominating every facet of the game. That left the door open for the other spring season contenders to take advantage of, and while some did, for most, it was opportunity wasted. Here's what happened during week three:
Ottawa Fury 4 - Carolina RailHawks 0
After the performance Carolina put forward last week, it was easy to picture them being one of the legitimate title favorites for the NASL spring season. That same Carolina club didn't show up on Saturday, but the Ottawa Fury certainly did. As was the case in the Cosmos' opener, the 4-0 scoreline may have been a bit flattering to the victor. That said, there was no question that the Canadian side were far more prepared on Saturday. Fortunately for Carolina, NASL Live went MIA during this contest, meaning most will never see this one.
Fort Lauderdale 3 - Indy Eleven 2
The Strikers took their point total up to six, following a deserved win against one of the league's new sides. Unfortunately, NASL Live went MIA for this one as well, meaning that the Eleven's fanbase didn't have a chance to watch live unless they made the trip to Florida.
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 - Atlanta Silverbacks 3
This one was wide open, with both sides looking to attack at all times. While the Rowdies nearly doubled Atlanta's shooting total on Saturday and absolutely dominated possession throughout, Atlanta was clinical with their finishing and picked up their first points of the season. The loss probably ends Tampa's thoughts of winning the spring title.
Minnesota United 1 - FC Edmonton 0
Two of the better defensive sides in the league probably had most expecting a scoreline like this. Minnesota managed to win the game in the 70th minute from the penalty spot, which was probably the only exciting moment of the entire game. It was a big win for the Loons though, who now sit three points clear at the top of the table with just six games remaining this spring. The win also saw them match the Cosmos' +4 GD.