November 5, 2016
Indy to meet Cosmos in finals
INDY ELEVEN 1, FC EDMONTON 0
INDIANAPOLIS – Sinisa Ubiparipovic smashed a 20-yard shot into the upper corner for the game’s only goal as Indy Eleven defeated FC Edmonton, 1-0, in a semifinal clash in The Championship, the North American Soccer League’s four-team postseason tournament. The game was played before a sellout crowd of 9,702 fans at Carroll Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Indy will travel to New York to face the Cosmos in The Championship Final next Sunday, Nov. 13, for the right to hoist the Soccer Bowl Trophy. The two teams are the 1-2 seeds in the NASL playoffs, with Indy having won the Spring Season Championship, while New York were the Fall Champions and had the best overall record in the league.
Ubiparipovic scored his first goal in an Eleven uniform, giving the home team the 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute. On the play, Zayed held up the ball at the top of the area and rolled a pass to Mares, and with his back to the goal Dylan Mares lightly touched a pass to Ubiparipovic for a bending, right-footed shot that eluded NASL Golden Glove winner Matt VanOekel high to the far post.
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NEW YORK COSMOS 2, RAYO OKC 1
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Yohandry Orzoco scored in the 90th minute to lift the New York Cosmos to a 2-1 comeback over Rayo OKC in the North American Soccer League semifinals at Shuart Stadium Saturday night.
Orozco converted a Juan Arango feed from the left wing past Daniel Fernandes to snap the deadlock in the Cosmos' final game ever at Hofstra University.
The Cosmos will host Indy Eleven, 1-0 winners over FC Edmonton for the league title at Belson Stadium at St. John's University, next Sunday.
Rayo snapped a scoreless deadlock in the 37th minute as Brazilian midfielder Michel sent a 40-yard free kick into the middle of the box to Gambia international defender Futty Danso, who headed the ball from 12 yards past a diving goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer into the lower left corner for a 1-0 lead.
Arango connected for the equalizer, finding space between two defenders and heading an Ayoze corner kick from eight yards past goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes in the 73rd minute.
The Championship Final will mark the Cosmos' third appearance in a title game in the last four years, while for Indy, it will be its first. The clubs faced each other three times in 2016, with each side posting a 1-1-1 record
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