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Week five provides an opportunity for the Cosmos to gain ground

If results fall their way, week five could be a good one for the Cosmos

Mike Stobe

Like week three, week four of the NASL spring season wasn't great for the Cosmos. For the second consecutive match, the Cosmos fell 1-0 and now find themselves six points behind the league leaders. Luckily, they'll have a chance to cut that deficit on Monday when the host Minnesota United, and at that point they'll know how the rest of the league fared during their week five matches. Here's what the league's other eight teams have to look forward to this week.

Ottawa Fury vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Both Ottawa and Tampa have been wildly inconsistent this spring, showing flashes of explosive offense along with long periods of very lackluster play. Both are probably well below the point totals they wanted to have at this point, and both will be looking for a win during week five.

Date/time: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm EDT

How to watch: NASL Live

Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

I doubt many fans expected Atlanta to win their last two fixtures, and fewer still likely predicted the Strikers to be sitting on nine points after the first four games. Both clubs will be looking to extend their surprisingly successful start to the campaign on Saturday in south Florida.

Date/time: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm EDT

How to watch: NASL Live

Indy Eleven vs. FC Edmonton

The two teams currently at the bottom of the NASL table will meet on Saturday, with both looking for their first win of the spring. Edmonton on the road aren't likely to be overly ambitious, so it could be a fairly boring affair. The attendance at Indy for this one should be interesting.

Date/time: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm EDT

How to watch: NASL Live

San Antonio Scorpions vs. Carolina RailHawks

The two teams that have managed 1-0 victories over the Cosmos this season will meet on Saturday in Texas. Carolina currently sits third on seven points, while the Scorpions sit just a single point behind. A draw would probably be the best result here for the Cosmos.

Date/time: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm EDT

How to watch: NASL Live, ESPN3