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Report: Indy Eleven likely to join USL with NASL’s future in doubt

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As NASL awaits its ongoing court case against the U.S. Soccer Federation, the league’s uncertain future has many wondering if there will be a 2018 season.

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It seems as though one club isn’t taking any chances in the event that there isn’t, as Indy Eleven appears set to join USL ahead of the upcoming league year, per Soc Takes.

The report states that Indy Eleven will likely be introduced next week when USL comes out with its 2018 league schedule, and the addition of the club would bring the growing division up to 34.

The club has yet to comment on their future in NASL, or potentially USL.

Several other clubs have already joined USL ahead of the 2018 campaign, including future MLS side Nashville SC, Las Vegas Lights FC and Fresno FC.

As things stand, NASL would be down to six clubs entering their league season — assuming there is one. Two of those clubs, California United FC and San Diego 1904 FC, have yet to play an official match as they prepare to debut in 2018, while the New York Cosmos, Miami FC, Jacksonville Armada FC and Puerto Rico FC continue to anchor NASL as veterans of the league.

Upsets abound in U.S. Open Cup second round

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The second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup didn’t need more than a quarter of its slate to provide genuine upsets.

Or, as they #USOC crowd likes to call them, Cupsets.

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USL side Richmond Kickers and NASL clubs Indy Eleven and New York Cosmos were knocked out of the Open Cup by lower tier sides on Wednesday, with the Kickers bowing out at the hands (and feet) of fifth-tier Christos FC.

Richmond Kickers 0-1 Christos FC

Not that Christos are pushovers, but overseas they’d be called a Sunday League side. Champions of the Amateur Open Cup and the National Cup, Christos FC got a goal from one of its many UMBC grads, Geaton Caltabiano, to knock out Richmond.

Consider that Christos traveled to Western New York last week for a Werner Fricker Cup quarterfinal and won 1-0 with nine men, and it’s somewhat less surprising. But this is a major moment for both the Sunday Leaguers and this year’s tournament.

Reading United 3-2 New York Cosmos

This one’s nearly as surprising, considering the Cosmos have been the darlings of this tournament in years past. The NASL side has handled its business against several MLS sides, but ran into a problem with Reading United (one of the better programs in the fourth-tier PDL and an affiliate of the Philadelphia Union).

Paul Marie, Marco Micaletto, and Frantzdy Pierrot scored for Reading, while Kalif Alhassan and ex-USMNT midfielder Danny Szetela scored for the Cosmos.

Michigan Bucks 1-0 Indy Eleven

University of Michigan star Francis Atuahene scored the lone goal, assisted by Jordan Snell, as the PDL champs knocked the NASL visitors out of the tournament.

FC Cincinnati 0-0 AFC Cleveland

It took extra time to separate the USL hosts and the visiting champions of the fourth-tier NPSL, thanks mainly to AFCC keeper Alex Ivanov, but former Randers and Molde striker Baye Djiby Fall scored in the 115th minute to save Cincy blushes.

Elsewhere
Rochester Rhinos
3-0 Motown FC
Tartan Devils 0-9 Louisville City
Boston City 1-2 GPS Omens
Carolina Dynamo 1-6 North Carolina FC
Miami United 1-2 Jacksonville Armada
Atlanta Silverbacks 1-2 Charleston Battery
Miami FC 3-2 South Florida Surf
Ocean City 0-1 Harrisburg City Islanders
Chicago United 3-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Houston Dutch Lions 1-2 San Antonio
Oklahoma City Energy 5-1 Moreno Valley
Tulsa Roughnecks 5-3 Oklahoma City Energy U23
Wichita 3-4 Saint Louis FC
Colorado Springs 2-0 FC Tucson

Later
Fuego – Phoenix Rising
San Francisco Deltas  – Burlingame
Golden State Force – Orange County SC
LA Wolves – Chula Vista
OSA FC – Reno
Sacramento Republic – Anahuac

Cruel double-post PK helps Cosmos to third NASL crown (video)

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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.

NASL roundup: Indy Eleven, New York Cosmos advance to Soccer Bowl

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Four teams were cut down to two on Saturday as NASL sorted out the sides that will compete for this year’s championship.

Indy Eleven was the first club to book its spot in Soccer Bowl 2016 after Sinisa Ubiparipovic smashed home a strike in the second half against the Edmonton Eddies to earn a 1-0 victory at Michael Carroll Stadium. The 63rd minute finish was Ubiparipovic’s first goal of the season, and was certainly a timely one for the former MLS midfielder. The Eddies were very limited with attacking chances but nearly pulled an equalizer back with under 10 minutes remaining as Tomi Ameobi’s close-range header was brilliantly saved by Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch.

The New York Cosmos will have an opportunity to defend its NASL title next weekend after Yohandry Orozco broke the hearts of Rayo OKC in their 2-1 win. Rayo took the lead in the 37th minute after Michel’s free kick from near midfield was headed into the back of the net by Mamadou Danso. Despite few chances from the hosts, the Cosmos fought their way back into the match and equalized through Juan Arango. The Cosmos midfielder leveled the game at 1-1 with a little over a quarter hour remaining following an Ayoze Perez corner kick.

This year’s Soccer Bowl will be played on Nov. 13 and will be hosted by the Cosmos, who held the higher seed coming into the postseason.

NASL Preview: Minnesota, Indy square off in the Midwest

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Four of the NASL’s six opening week matches of Fall Season finished in draws, with two sides who just missed out on the Spring Season title flexing their muscles.

Minnesota United buried Carolina 5-1 to start the campaign after finishing two points back of Indy in the Spring, while the team that lost out on the title via tiebreaker, the New York Cosmos, handed Ottawa a 2-1 setback.

Everyone else drew, and all the scores were 1-1. Parity, we suppose.

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The match of the week sees Minnesota travel to Spring season champion Indy, with league-leading scorer Christian Ramirez hoping to dent the twine in Indiana.

Also on tap are two massive road trips, with both Rayo OKC and Fort Lauderdale heading up to Canada.

Saturday
Puerto Rico FC at Jacksonville Armada
Minnesota United at Indy Eleven
New York Cosmos at Miami FC
Tampa Bay Rowdies at Carolina Railhawks

Sunday
Fort Lauderdale Strikers at FC Edmonton
Rayo OKC at Ottawa Fury