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Minnesota United held to draw, wins spring season title

Tampa Bay couldn't hold on to help the Cosmos out

Andy Marlin

There are still a pair of games to be played on the final Sunday of the NASL spring season, but the title is no longer up for grabs. Entering the night with a three point lead over the San Antonio Scorpions and New York Cosmos, they needed just a point to secure the championship. With a 3-3 draw against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, they did just that.

Minnesota looked like they were going to cruise to victory early, but two Tampa strikes before the end of the first half gave Cosmos fans hope. Instead of bunkering down and holding on for points though, the Rowdies continued to push forward and got hit twice on the counter to fall behind 3-2. They'd find an equalizer late on, but couldn't add a fourth goal to give New York life.

With that, the Loons earned themselves a home match in the semifinals this November. The fall champion will earn the other home match, while the two away sides will be the two teams with the highest combined spring and fall point totals that didn't win either championship. The Cosmos are looking relatively good in that regard, and a win tonight could see them in excellent shape going forward.

Congratulations to Minnesota United and their fans on a great spring season.