Penalty kicks decided the NASL Championship Final on Sunday, and the Indy Eleven will rue some cruel twists of fate and risks in strategy.
Scoreless after 120 minutes against the New York Cosmos, Eleven star Eamon Zayed hit both posts with his PK before goalkeeper Jon Busch sent his surprising attempt high and wide of the frame.
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In the end, the Cosmos won their second-straight NASL crown when Ryan Richter converted his attempt to leave the PK score line 4-2.
The Cosmos now have three of six NASL titles, with the composition of the league and unfortunate but key discussion point after a championship match. Minnesota is headed to MLS next season, with Ottawa and Tampa en route to third-tier (for now) partner USL.
That leaves the second-tier with Carolina, Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale, Indy, Jacksonville, Miami, the Cosmos, Puerto Rico, Rayo OKC, and the expansion San Francisco Deltas. The league has said it’s in expansion discussions with six other markets.