NASL Week 6: A Look Back

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photo courtesy of Puerto Rico Islanders

By FRANCO PANIZO

The first-place Puerto Rico Islanders just continue to roll in NASL, and their latest victim was a team that handed them their only loss of the season.

The Islanders exacted revenge against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday, beating them, 2-0, in front of a crowd of 1,060 at Bayamon Soccer Complex. David Foley scored just before halftime, and Hector Ramos doubled the hosts' lead six minutes after the intermission.

The win keeps Puerto Rico atop the standings at 4-1-1 while Daryl Shore's men dropped to fourth at 2-2-3.

Here is a look back at the rest of the Week 6 action in NASL:

STARS STAY UNDEFEATED WITH WIN OVER AGBOSSOUMONDE, RAILHAWKS

U.S. Under-23 men's national team defender Gale Agbossoumonde returned from injury to make his debut for the Carolina RailHawks, but even that was not enough to get them their first victory of the season. The undefeated Minnesota Stars FC rode a strike from Amani Walker and a a wonder goal from Kevin Venegas to a 2-1 win at NSC Stadium on Saturday as 2,168 fans watched on. Former New York Red Bulls midfielder Austin Da Luz pulled one back for the RailHawks in stoppage time, but it was not enough in the game that marked Agbossoumonde's first bit of action since recovering from the toe injury he suffered in January.

SCORPIONS SCORE LATE VS. ROWDIES TO PICK UP ROAD WIN

Pablo Campos crushed the spirits of Tampa Bay Rowdies fans everywhere, as he scored a late goal to give the San Antonio Scorpions a 2-1 victory at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday. Campos scored early in the second half, but that was negated by a finish from Daniel Antoniuk just minutes later. Campos responded for the Scorpions, however, when he found the back of the net in stoppage time, silencing the 3,166 fans in attendance.

EDMONTON DEFEATS ATLANTA TO WIN SECOND STRAIGHT

Whether it is a case of playing the two worst teams in the league or something else, FC Edmonton won their second straight game on Saturday. Coming off a 3-0 win over the Carolina RailHawks, Edmonton defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, 2-0, thanks in part to the contributions of Ilja van Leerdam. The midfielder assisted on Michael Cox's opener in the first half and then scored one himself late to send the crowd of 4,743 home unhappy.

NASL Standings

1. Puerto Rico Islanders (4-1-1, 13 points, +8 GD)

2. Minnesota Stars FC (3-0-3, 12 points, +4 GD)

3. San Antonio Scorpions (3-1-2, 11 points, 0 GD)

4. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (2-2-3, 9 points, -2 GD)

5. Tampa Bay Rowdies (2-3-2, 8 points, -1 GD)

6. FC Edmonton (2-3-1, 7 points, +2 GD)

7. Atlanta Silverbacks (0-2-4, 4 points, -4 GD)

8. Carolina RailHawks (0-4-4, 4 points, -7 GD)

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Do you think Puerto Rico will continue to roll? Think Agbossoumonde will help turn things around in Carolina? Surprised the Rowdies gave up a late goal at home?

Share your thoughts below.

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6 Responses to NASL Week 6: A Look Back

  1. KokoTheGorillaWill-F-U-Up says:

    didnt Islanders used to get 6-8k per game, or was that only for a few Concacaf CL games?

  2. JeffreyG says:

    I believe they are building or renovating their stadium and are at a temporary stadium that is negatively impacting their attendance. They should be drawing 5k or more once the stadium is ready.

  3. Jim Oliver says:

    I was standing behind Ray Burse’s goal for 45 minutes, and I don’t know if Boss is the answer they’re looking for in the Triangle. They created a few decent chances they couldn’t finish, and then couldn’t often maintain pressure long enough to create more. If Boss can help them bring the ball forward and not lose it in transition, they’ll be on the road to winning one finally. As it stands, though, this weekend was just another week of losing the ball at the half line and Burse getting shelled.

    The one goal they did have came at what felt like their longest period of pressure and was well deserved. That’s something to build on, anyway.

  4. Herb says:

    NASL and USL need to merge their top teams. This league is way too small!

  5. jimcrist says:

    NASL has big expansion plans for the next 2-5 years. its a process.

  6. Islander says:

    Yeah our stadium is being renovated at the moment. We’re getting a new field with state of the art drainage system, improvements to bathrooms, locker rooms and a new stand (temp. for the Spain game and then next year a permanent 1). Seating will be increased to 22,000.

    It will also get a slight name change, from Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium to Estadio Nacional (National Stadium) Juan Ramon Loubriel.

    As for the actual question, average has always been 3k to 5k for league games and during concacaf champions league the team was doing 8k+ or sell outs (12.5k).