As we hit early November on our calender’s and the cold air starts setting in, it can only mean one thing; NASL postseason play is here.
This year’s contestants feature the 2016 Spring Champions, Indy Eleven, the Fall Champions, New York Cosmos, FC Edmonton, and Rayo OKC.
The Cosmos and Indy Eleven have been dominant throughout the entirety of this NASL season, warranting them deserving spots in the Spring and Fall Seasons. Snatching up 3rd and 4th place in the combined standings for this year’s postseason are FC Edmonton and Rayo OKC.
In Edmonton this season, it seemed the team was sure of one thing, defense. Between both the Spring and Fall Seasons (32 games), Edmonton only gave up 21 goals. From July 31 – September 2, the Eddies had a 536 minute shutout streak.
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Their number 1, Matt VanOekel collected 16 clean sheets and only conceded 16 goals in 29 starts and 2,610 minutes played. The saying, “Defense wins championships” has been around forever, but perhaps this postseason we might see FC Edmonton crown that phrase their own.
The curious case of Rayo OKC proves that with a little hard work, anything can be accomplished. A team that sat in the NASL mid table a couple months ago, parted ways with coach Alen Marchina in early August. From there, Rayo hired Gerard Nus and has been on a ridiculous hot streak ever since.
It seems like Nus is finally getting the best out of his players as the likes of Michel and Futty Danso are competing on and off the score sheet. Rayo enters The Championship Semifinals with a 5 game win streak and a 10 game unbeaten streak.
Here’s what the schedule of games looks like for this weekend:
11/5 3:00 pm – Indy Eleven vs. FC Edmonton
11/5 7:00 pm – New York Cosmos vs. Rayo OKC