The San Antonio Scorpions were again felled by a dramatic injury time goal, this time as a rebound cannoned off defender Connor Tobin to earn Minnesota United a 3-2 away win and push them up to fourth place in the NASL standings.
Down to 10 men, the Scorpions looked to be on course for their first point of the NASL Fall Season under interim coach Alen Marcina until the last touch of the game proved decisive and condemned them to a fifth straight defeat. Last week, while also a man down, the Scorpions lost in added time to the New York Cosmos.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the guys because they played until the final whistle,” said United FC coach Manny Lagos. “It’s nice that we can create the good moments to win. The only time of the game I was frustrated was when we went up a man and we let San Antonio back into the game.”
The win moves Minnesota up to fourth place on seven points alongside the third placed Tampa Bay Rowdies and fifth placed Cosmos, with the teams separated by goal difference.
The Cosmos can draw level on points at the top with the Carolina RailHawks by winning away to FC Edmonton at 4pm on Sunday and can take pole position, but only if they improve their goal difference by five goals against the toughest defense in the NASL. The clash will be streamed live outside of Canada only at www.NASL.com and is available across Canada on Rogers Sportsnet.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies remain the only unbeaten team in the North American Soccer League having come back from a goal down to draw 1-1 away to the Atlanta Silverbacks. Georgi Hristov’s 50th minute penalty canceled out an early Pedro Mendes strike for the Silverbacks.
“Overall it was a great result as we had our chances score,” said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill. “We just need to be get more than just ties this season and of course a bit of luck to get there.”
Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes added: “We had as poor a display of finishing that I have seen in a long time. There were some simple goals that we should have scored. It has become a habit of us giving up goals and giving up leads.”
On Friday night, the in-form Fort Lauderdale Strikers won for the third straight game and for the first time at home to surge up to second place in the standings.
Delighting the home crowd at Lockhart Stadium on Friday night, the Strikers continued their revival under new coach Günter Kronsteiner, having opened the campaign with a pair of losses, by toppling league leaders the Carolina RailHawks. A Darnell King strike in the 52nd minute proved the difference in a 1-0 Strikers win and cut the RailHawks’ lead at the top to a slim single point as Carolina lost for the first time this fall season.
NASL Week 5 Results
Saturday, August 31
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
Game recap: http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=5349
San Antonio Scorpions 2 Minnesota United FC 3
Game recap: http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=5350
Friday, August 30
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 Carolina RailHawks 0
Game Recap: http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=5341
Sunday, September 1
FC Edmonton vs. New York Cosmos
Clarke Stadium, Edmonton, AB, 4pm
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