FC Edmonton and NASL 2013 Spring Season title winners Atlanta Silverbacks fought out a competitive 1-1 draw in Canada on Sunday afternoon to both move to within striking distance of the league-leading Carolina RailHawks. Three points separate six of the eight NASL clubs after three weeks of Fall Season action and the Silverbacks now sit in third place with FC Edmonton fifth.
Home midfielder Chris Nurse headed a second half equalizer, canceling out a Horace James opener for Atlanta that had come just moments after the interval, to earn a share of the points.
“I thought we had to dig deep because it’s a very talented Atlanta team and they looked dangerous on the counter attack,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. “I thought overall we could have won the game with the chances we had. I’m pleased with the response of the players after we went a goal down.”
On Saturday night, deadly forward Brian Shriver scored twice and took over the lead in the NASL Golden Boot top scorer competition to fire his Carolina RailHawks to the top of the North American Soccer League standings. Shriver netted his tenth and eleventh goals of the 2013 campaign, giving him three goals in the last two games, as the RailHawks downed the New York Cosmos 3-0 at a rain-swept WakeMed Soccer Park, dropping the visitors to fifth place in the standings.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies dropped down a spot to second place, two points behind Carolina, but were fortunate to steal a point from Minnesota where hosts United FC were denied a win and three points with the final play of the game. Andreas Arango struck in added time, getting his head to a cross by captain Frankie Sanfilippo with only seconds remaining in a 1-1 draw.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers earned new coach Gunter Kronsteiner his first win, holding on to a 2-1 lead secured in the first half, despite a determined San Antonio Scorpions pressing for an equalizer in front of their home crowd. A Martin Nunez header and Mark Anderson free kick earned a two-goal lead that was halved by Tomasz Zahorski on the stoke of halftime, and the Strikers defended sternly to win.
North American Soccer League Fall Season Week 3 Results
Saturday, August 17
Carolina RailHawks 3 New York Cosmos 0
Game recap: http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=5236
Minnesota United FC 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
Game recap: http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=5238
San Antonio Scorpions 1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2
Game recap: http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=5240
Sunday, August 18
FC Edmonton 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 1
Game recap: http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=5245
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