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NASL: Miami FC Plays Deltas With Spring Season Championship Trophy Up For Grabs

CLOSING THE DOOR

Miami FC enters the penultimate weekend of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring Season with a chance to raise its first trophy in club history.

To do so, the league leaders will have to get a result against their closest competitor, the second-place San Francisco Deltas. The first-year club heads to Miami for the first time on Saturday night, aiming to close a four-point gap in the Spring Season Standings.

Miami lost its first game in three months last weekend, opening the door for the Deltas, as well as Jacksonville Armada FC, to remain in the race. Jacksonville heads to the Caribbean to face Puerto Rico FC on Saturday, while the New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven face off at Carroll Stadium after last weekend’s draw in Brooklyn.

Puerto Rico FC vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
7:30 p.m. ET | Saturday, July 8
Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium | Bayamón, P.R.

Puerto Rico FC welcomes Jacksonville Armada FC to Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium after falling, 2-0, to the San Francisco Deltas a weekend ago. On Saturday, Puerto Rico will look to end its three-game losing skid. Jairo Puerto had been hot, but he was unable to convert from the penalty spot last week to extend his scoring streak to four games. The club can play spoiler, though, and end any chance of Jacksonville catching Miami FC for the Spring Season title with a win over Armada FC.

Jacksonville was victorious against FC Edmonton last weekend on the strength of a late goal by Derek Gebhard. The young forward continues to develop in Mark Lowry’s system and has three goals on the year. The win last weekend kept the club in the Spring Season title race, but the side will need to collect all three points in the Caribbean and hope for some help from the San Francisco Deltas to continue its quest for silverware.

Indy Eleven vs. New York Cosmos
7:30 p.m. ET | Saturday, July 8
Carroll Stadium | Indianapolis, Ind.

Tuesday’s rematch of The Championship Final from 2016 ended as many matchups between Indy Eleven and the New York Cosmos have in the past: in a draw. The Fourth of July contest marked the fifth time in 10 regular-season meetings that the score finished at 1-1. Indy received a goal from Ben Speas before conceding a late penalty to New York. Goalkeeper Jon Busch was nearly flawless, producing a nine-save effort in the draw.

The Cosmos salvaged a point when Emmanuel Ledesma made good from the penalty spot. The goal continued his scoring run, which now stands at three straight games. The Argentine has been a sparkplug since returning from injury and will look to take that form to Carroll Stadium on Saturday night. The Cosmos head to Indy with the goal of rekindling their road form. The club recently lost for the first time away from home – a 2-1 defeat to Miami FC – since last September.

Miami FC vs. San Francisco Deltas                                                
7:30 p.m. ET | Saturday, July 8
Riccardo Silva Stadium | Miami, Fla.

Miami FC’s loss to North Carolina last weekend may have opened the door for the San Francisco Deltas, but the club can effectively slam it shut this weekend.

Miami hosts San Francisco and a win will give the second-year club its first piece of silverware. Before the loss to North Carolina, the club was on an incredible run of 14 games unbeaten in all competitions, including three victories in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Miami’s last loss had come on April 8 to the New York Cosmos, which is the only other time the club has been shut out all season.

The Deltas enter the weekend on a four-game winning streak and still carry their unbeaten run on the road, which now stands at seven games. Tommy Heinemann scored twice in the club’s last outing – a 2-0 win over Puerto Rico FC – and is the reigning NASL Player of the Week. Heinemann has scored two goals in a game on two separate occasions and is the only player, aside from Jacksonville Armada FC’s Zach Steinberger, to have more than one multi-goal game. San Francisco can move within a point of the Spring Season title heading into the final weekend with a win at Riccardo Silva Stadium. Anything less than a win, though, would end the club’s bid for the trophy.

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