Atletico Madrid is in the Champions League final based on a low-possession, counterattacking strategy and dogged defending. Leicester City wins the Premier League with games to spare. Euro 2016 will feature the likes of Albania, Iceland and Hungary — but won’t have any Dutch orange.
The past year has given FC Edmonton Colin Miller a number of examples he can use to fire up his team as it challenges for the NASL spring-season title. With two games left in the spring season, the Eddies trail the first-place New York Cosmos by one point, and are ahead of Minnesota United and the Indy Eleven by a single point (although both of those clubs have a game in hand).
This weekend, the Eddies can keep the pressure on the leading pack with a win on the road at last-place Miami FC. And while Miller understands that his team is motivated by being the underdog, the players must never get comfortable with where they are in the table and take a lower team for granted. We’ve seen far too many wacky results in soccer this year for anyone to take three points as a given.
“There’s a job to be done,” Miller said before the Eddies head off to South Florida. “They just signed a boy, (Michael) Lahoud, who I think was the one who made the Cosmos tick for many games, and now Miami have him. With him and Richie Ryan in the middle of the park, you can see their intent in Miami is not to be in the league where they are at the moment.”
Miami FC purchased Ryan from Jacksonville, and then bought Lahoud from the Philadelphia Union; the MLS team had loaned Lahoud out to the New York Cosmos, but that spell obviously came to an abrupt end when the Union decided to make the deal with Miami.
And Miller said that, despite the standings, parity is here in NASL.
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