On Saturday night, three of the five NASL matches from week two were played, but only the Carolina RailHawks managed to go home with a victory. The fast start from Carolina along with the multitude of draws that we've been seeing could result in very few teams being involved in the Spring Season title chase, with Minnesota United and the New York Cosmos each taking the pitch on Sunday, and hoping to keep Colin Clarke's side close.
This afternoon, we'll see United head to Edmonton for a 4 pm start, before the Cosmos host the Armada in a 6 pm affair. Here's the results and highlights from Saturday's matches, so that you can get caught up before kickoff.
Indy Eleven 1, Ottawa Fury 1
This one played out more or less as expected, with Ottawa controlling possession in an otherwise even affair. Idan Vered, making his first stop after coming off of the bench against the Cosmos, scored his first NASL goal to give Ottawa an early lead. Nemandja Vukovic scored a very late equalizer, however, as the 2014 expansion clubs were forced to share the points.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Fury, who next head to table-topping Carolina, while Indy will be hosting the Cosmos.
Miami FC 1, Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
Saturday was a bit of a litmus test for Miami FC, who got to play host for the first time against a Tampa Bay Rowdies side that's expected to be fairly competitive. The expansion side impressed, leading for most of the match following another Dario Cvitanich goal, before conceding another very late penalty that cost them a victory.
Up next for Miami will be a trip north to Jacksonville, for their third Florida derby in three weeks. The Rowdies will head home to play host to FC Edmonton, still seeking their first victory of the season.
Rayo OKC 2, Carolina RailHawks 3
Rayo made a very good match out of this one, but weren't able to pick up their first win of the season against a RailHawks side that now sits at six points, at least temporarily topping the NASL table. Austin Da Luz scored a brace in this one, bringing his season total up to three already, and moving him to the top of the NASL scoring chart.
For Rayo, there is plenty of reason to believe that this is going to be a fairly competitive team during their inaugural season. They'll have a bye week next that they can use to get that defense organized, while Carolina will look to make it three wins from three at home, against the Ottawa Fury.