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Battle for first has Rowdies against San Antonio Scorpions in NASL’s Match Of The Week

Battle for first has Rowdies against San Antonio Scorpions in NASL’s Match Of The Week


The Texas outfit is in action twice this week, facing the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday before taking part in the Match of the Week.

North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Week 3 gets off to a big start with Wednesday Night Futbol when Carolina RailHawks visit league-leading San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field. This critical matchup will be shown on and locally on MeTV KSAT 12.2 at 8:30 pm ET.

Scorpions have won four of five encounters against the RailHawks in San Antonio, including the last meeting this past The Spring, 3-0 on May 10.

Soccer fans around the world will also be able to ‘Watch Every Match Live’ throughout the 2014 NASL Fall Season including Week 3 venues in Atlanta, Carolina, Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale, San Antonio and Tampa Bay at Fans can purchase the full Fall Season or monthly subscriptions of now.

On Saturday, a battle of currently undefeated, first-place teams highlights NASL Fall Season Week 3 when Tampa Bay Rowdies host San Antonio Scorpions at Al Lang Stadium on the NASL’s ‘Match of the Week’ live on ESPN3 on Saturday, July 26, at 7:30 pm ET.

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The Scorpions and Rowdies are in a three-way tie (along with Minnesota United FC) for first in the NASL Fall Standings with San Antonio in the top spot on total goals.

Scorpions are also looking to remain perfect on the road this year having not lost a league match (5-0-0) away from San Antonio, however the Rowdies have won the last three meetings against the Texas club including the most recent this past Spring, 1-0 at Toyota Field.

The Fall Week 3 action continues on Saturday, July 26, when NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC looks to continue its unbeaten – currently six NASL games – when it visits Atlanta Silverbacks at Silverbacks Park at 7:30 pm ET on

United, who’s currently second in 2014 Fall Standings on the total goals scored tiebreaker, leads the head-to-head series against the Silverbacks, however Atlanta has won three out of the last four meetings.

The RailHawks will also be playing their second game in less than a week when they return home to welcome Ottawa Fury FC at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday at 7:30 pm ET. The matchup will be on and locally on each team’s home radio (Carolina-99.9HD-3 The Ticket; Ottawa – TSN 1200).

Fury FC, who will also be playing its second game in four days after hosting an international friendly against Rangers FC tonight, won the only meeting against RailHawks this past Spring, 4-0.

Closing out Saturday’s encounters, will be a rivalry that began almost four decades ago - rebooted last year – and continues in 2014 when the defending NASL Soccer Bowl champion New York Cosmos travel to take on Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium at 7:30 pm ET. The match will be on and locally on

The clubs met three times since 2013 with the Cosmos winning all matches, including the last encounter at Lockhart Stadium when the visitors posted a 3-0 victory this past Spring.

The 2014 Fall Season Week 3 concludes on Sunday, July 27, when FC Edmonton looks for its first win of the NASL Fall Season as it host Indy Eleven at Clarke Stadium at 2 pm MT (4 pm ET). The encounter will be on and in Canada via City TV.

This is the first meeting between the two sides in Canada, however both teams last faced-off during the Spring Season when the visiting Eddies posted a 2-1 win at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium

A full slate of games are on tap on this week; catch them all.


The NASL Team of the Week is selected based on performances each weekend and features the best XI players in their respective positions.

Of course the selections are open to debate and fans are encouraged to have their say through social media at and on Twitter @NASLOfficial

Here is this week’s Best XI:


David Bingham, San Antonio Scorpions – Made four saves to post a shutout victory against Fort Lauderdale


Cristiano Dias, Minnesota United FC – Brazilian controlled the defensive line and assisted on the game-winner against Carolina

Carlos Mendes, New York Cosmos – Had another impressive defensive performance to preserve the shutout

Mike Randolph, Atlanta Silverbacks – Was key on the backline and limited several offense attacks


Pablo Cruz, Atlanta Silverbacks – Dangerous in midfield and scored the game-winner off a free kick against Edmonton

Floyd Franks, Minnesota United FC – Excellent in controlling the midfield and pushed forward on the attack

Sebástian Guenzatti, New York Cosmos – Uruguayan native had the game-winning tally that stunned the NASL record crowd at Ottawa’s TD Place

Daniel Mendes, Minnesota United FC – Brazilian was an offensive threat throughout the game and scored game-winner

Darel Russell, Tampa Bay Rowdies – English native was key factor in the midfield against Indy


Billy Forbes, San Antonio Scorpions – Turks & Caicos Islands international scored a goal and dished out his NASL leading fifth assist in the win against Fort Lauderdale

Georgi Hristov, Tampa Bay Rowdies – Bulgarian had Tampa Bay’s game-winner for a second consecutive week