Though two rounds of games in the Fall Season have given a hint of what to expect in the coming months, Round Three still arrives with seemingly endless permutations well within reason. The race for early supremacy is wide open; no club won its opening two contests, leaving four knotted at a league-best four points, and any one of six teams could jump to the top of the standings by the end of play on Sunday. The most intriguing matchup, which pairs two squads that have made bright, identical starts to the season, sees a potential rivalry between bona fide NASL contenders Carolina RailHawks and the revamped New York Cosmos kick off in the Tar Heel State.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies, who seized the driver’s seat with their remarkable opening 7-4 win in San Antonio and have yet to relinquish it, will put their unbeaten record to the test in North Country against Minnesota United FC. Fort Lauderdale and San Antonio, both lagging behind the condensed pack after a pair of defeats, have marred starts to the second half of the season and will harbor visions of taking their first positive result of the fall campaign from their Alamo City showdown.
Then, in Sunday’s lone fixture, the action will leap northward, as FC Edmonton welcomes an Atlanta Silverbacks side that is undefeated in its last four matches—a stretch that spans the summer break between seasons.
- Ben Simmons, IndyEleven.com
NASL.com: Six Teams Target Top of NASL Standings
Soccer By Ives: NASL Week 3: A Look Ahead
RecklessChallenge.net: NASLcast LIVE (Saturday, August 17 from 8:00-11:00 pm ET, call in at 646-478-4456)
FCEdmonton.com: Whitecaps FC Reaping the Benefits of Player Loans
NYCosmos.com: Cosmos Soccer Tennis
Saturday, August 17
Carolina RailHawks v. New York Cosmos – #CARvNYC
WakeMed Soccer Park – Cary, NC – 7:00 pm ET
Minnesota United FC v. Tampa Bay Rowdies – #MNUvTBR
NSC Stadium – Blaine, MN – 8:00 pm ET
San Antonio Scorpions v. Fort Lauderdale Strikers – #SASvFTL
Toyota Field – San Antonio, TX – 8:30 pm ET
Sunday, August 18
FC Edmonton v. Atlanta Silverbacks – #FCEvATL
Clarke Stadium – Edmonton, AB – 4:00 pm ET