Week one of the North American Soccer League Spring Season is now complete, and things are already looking good for the defending champions, the New York Cosmos. New York won their opener over last season's runners up, Ottawa Fury FC, by a 3-0 score, a result that was good enough to put the boys in green and white atop the NASL table already.
Here's a look at the table following week one:
As you can see, Gio Savarese's side were one of only two clubs to win their opening match. The other winner, the Carolina RailHawks, knocked of the club most often picked to challenge the Cosmos for the title this season, Minnesota United FC.
Not only were the RailHawks the only other club to win on opening weekend, but they were also the only club to score more than one goal. As home field advantage in last season's NASL title game was decided because the Cosmos outscored the Fury over the entirety of the season, that's nearly as significant as eight clubs dropping points in their openers.
With the Spring Season consisting of just ten fixtures, the importance of a fast start can't be stressed heavily enough. Fortunately for Cosmos fans, Savarese and his players got off to that quick start, while most of the rest of the competition looked like they were still in preseason mode. On to week two versus Jacksonville...