FC Edmonton began Saturday evening’s action in a dogfight for the NASL spring season title. But a fantastic 25-yard strike from Miami FC’s Ariel Martinez ended those dreams.
Martinez’s goal gave cellar-dwelling Miami FC a 1-0 home win over the Eddies. The New York Cosmos beat red-card plagued Rayo OKC on Saturday, and now lead the Eddies by four points. The Eddies have just one game left in the spring season.
FCE supporters can only wonder how this game could have been different had Gustavo been able to put his clear header on goal in the third minute of the game. The Brazilian midfielder found space between two Miami defenders and had a clear view of goal. But his headed effort went off the outside of the post when it would have been easier to score.
“I thought we started off very well,” said Eddies coach Colin Miller. “I thought we started off looking like the more likely team to score. Through the first half of the first half, we were playing well, and we looked dangerous. Gustavo should have scored on the play where he hit the post.”
Tomi Ameobi also had a decent first-half chance for the Eddies, he was able to win a ball in front of two Miami FC defenders in the penalty area. He was able to spin and shoot, but sent the ball wide.
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