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NASL Weekend Rewind: Rayo claims final playoff spot, Minnesota United falls and more

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The final weekend of NASL regular seasonsaw one of the league's expansion side claim the final playoff spot, while one of the league's perennial contenders said farewell with a loss.

Minnesota United departedthe NASL and the playoff picture with their loss at home to the New York Cosmos, while Rayo OKC will play in the postseason in their inaugural season thanks to a win over Indy Eleven.

NASL Look Ahead: Miami takes on Rowdies, Cosmos face Strikers and more

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With most clubs only having six matches left in the Fall Season, the push for the playoffs is truly gainingits steam this weekend in the NASL.

Almost every single match this weekend has some type of playoff hunt ramification, as five clubs are currently separated by only four points from fourth place in the Combined Standings andthat glorious last spot in the postseason.

NASL Rewind: Indy cruises past Cosmos, Rowdies top Strikers, and more

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A busy but short NASL weekend was headlined by Indy Elevanreinserting itself in the playoff race with a huge victoryat home against the New York Cosmos.

Elsewhere, both South Florida sides endureddifficult results while the Ottawa Fury snatched a victory against Minnesota United late in the match for a second week in a row.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos increase lead at top, Miami FC extends unbeaten run

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North American Soccer League teams still have plenty of time to make runs for playoff berths in the fall season, but the playoff picture is starting to become clear.

The New York Cosmos recorded a win over Minnesota United this weekend for a more comfortable lead in the standings.

NASL Rewind: Minnesota tops Cosmos late, RailHawks win and more

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While the Carolina RailHawks maintained their unbeaten run, Minnesota United FC scored late to topple the New York Cosmos to highlight Week 4 of NASL action.

The RailHawks kept their perfect recordalive with a commanding victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Just behind them, Minnesota United kept pace with a last-gasp Christian Ramirez winner that sunk the Cosmos to a second-straight defeat.

NASL Rewind: RailHawks win thriller, Cosmos cruise and more

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The second week of the NASL campaignhas been completed, and two favorites have emerged in the sprint that is the league's Spring Season.

After claiming all three points in Week 1, both the Carolina RailHawks and New York Cosmos repeated the feat in their sophomore efforts of 2016. The RailHawks earned a narrow victory in a five-goal thriller at Rayo OKC, while the Cosmos toppled the Jacksonville Armada in the club's second home game.

NASL Rewind: Miami FC, Rayo OKC earn draws, Arango nets brace and more

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The NASL's two newest clubs earned a point apiece in their debut games, while the league's reigning champions picked up right where theyleft off in the opening week of action.

Both Miami FC and Rayo OKC settled for draws in their inaugural regular season contests. The former was forced to just one point on a late Fort Lauderdale Strikers equalizer, while the latter played to a scoreless draw with FC Edmonton in front of a capacity crowd in the club's home debut.

Rayo OKC 2016 Kelme Home, Away and Third Kits

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Samaras looking to build bright future with Rayo OKC

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Despite all of his achievementson both the international and club level, Georgios Samaras isn't looking to live off of his past successes. Rather, the Greek star is looking to play his part in something totally new while reacquainting himself to the game after some time away.

SBI NASL Preview: Rayo OKC

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It's been less than five months since Rayo OKC was named the NASL's latest expansion franchise. With pieces now in place following a chaotic offseason, Rayo OKC islooking forward to establishing itself and its style within the ever-changing NASL landscape.

Rayo OKC enters the 2016 campaign with a roster full of familiar faces to thosewith knowledgeof both American and global soccer.

NASL Ticker: Rayo OKC signs Samaras, Rowdies, Puerto Rico FC and more

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Ahead of its inaugural season, Rayo OKC has made a big splash by signing an international star, while teams like the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Puerto Rico FC continue to add to their rosters.

On Thursday, Rayo OKC announced the club had signed Greek international Georgios Samaras.

NASL Ticker: Cosmos add Farfan, Rowdies sign Avila and more

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NASL clubs continue to fill out their rosters, as the New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies headline the recent batch of signings with a pair of MLS veterans.

Gabriel Farfán has joined the Cosmos on a season-long loan from Liga MX side Chiapas.

NASL Ticker: Miami FC, Findley, Cosmos and more

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Ahead of their debut seasons, both Miami FC and Rayo OKC have added prove goal-scoring options to boost their frontlines.

Miami FC has signedBrazilian striker Pablo Campos, who was released by Minnesota United on Friday. The forward is the modern NASL's all-time leading scorer with 52 career league goals.

NASL Ticker: Puerto Rico FC, Speas, Rayo OKC and more

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As the two other NASL expansion clubs continue to fill out their rosters ahead of the Spring season, Puerto Rico FC has taken a step towards preparing for the Fall campaign.

Puerto Rico FC announced that the club has set tryout dates throughout the U.S. ahead of the team's debut on July 2. Manager Adrian Whitbread and the rest of the technical staff will hold open tryoutsin Bradenton, Florida, onMarch 12-13and in Los Angeles onMarch 19-20.

NASL Ticker: Armada, Miami FC, Rayo OKC, and more

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The Jacksonville Armada have made a significant addition to the club's forward pool, while the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Miami FC and Rayo OKC remainbusy ahead of preseason.

Reigning USL MVP and Golden Boot winner Matthew Fondy has signed with the Jacksonville Armada following a transfer from Louisville City.

NASL Ticker: Kranjcar, Rayo OKC, Rowdies and more

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The New York Cosmos have added a major name for a preseason training stint, while several other NASL clubs have added to their ranks as we move closer towards the preseason.

Croatian international Niko Kranjacar has joined the Cosmos for preseason training in an effort to maintain fitness. The former Tottenham midfielder is currently a free agent after most recently featuring for Dynamo Kyiv and Queens Park Rangers.

NASL Ticker: Signings for Indy Eleven, Rayo OKC, and more

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As NASL marches towards the regular season, several teamshave begun preseason preparations while others have continued to bolster their rosters ahead of the 2016 campaign. Here are some of Wednesday's NASL news and notes:

Indy Eleven has continued to revamp its roster asScottishmidfielder Nicki Paterson has joined the clubfrom Ottawa Fury FC.

NASL Ticker: Strikers, Rayo OKC and more

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With the start of the 2016 season already just a few months away, several NASL clubs have begun preseason preparations while others have continued to bolster their rosters ahead of the 2016 campaign. Here are some of Monday's NASL news and notes:

Rayo OKC signed Ghanaian international and two-time World Cup participant Derek Boateng.

NASL Ticker: Expansion, Rayo OKC, Miami FC and more

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With two new teams set to enter the fray in the Spring Season, the NASL offseason is as busy as ever. Here's a closer look at some of this week's movement across the league:

Speaking to Empire of Soccer, NASL commissioner Bill Peterson says the league expects to expand into the Western U.

NASL Ticker: Rayo OKC, Miami FC, Rowdies, and more

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As the offseason continues, several NASL clubs continue to fill out their roster ahead of the 2016 season, while Rayo OKC named its first head coach on Thursday:

After coaching at NASL side San Antonio Scorpions for four seasons, Alen Marcina was named Rayo OKC's first head coach on Thursday.

NASL Notes: Commissioner praises Rayo OKC; International calendar causes issues; and more

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Bill Peterson understands the outside skepticism regarding Rayo OKC, but theNASL commissioner remains fully confident that big things are ahead for the league's latest expansion club.

Peterson and the NASL announced the formation of Rayo OKC on Tuesday, revealing backing fromSpanish club Rayo Vallecano.

NASL announces expansion franchise Rayo OKC

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The NASL's expansion process has finally made its long-awaited mark in Oklahoma City with the backing of a European partner.

Backed by Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, Rayo OKC is set tobecome the league's 14th franchise, the league announced Tuesday. With their introduction, the club joins Puerto Rico FC and Miami FC as the NASL's newest expansion franchise.

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NASL game beats college football debut on beIN SPORTS

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Last Saturday's game between Minnesota United and Rayo OKC on beIN SPORTS en Español drew 21,000 viewers, the most for an NASL match since the league's debut on beIN SPORTS in April, 2016.

The NASL also beat out the Conference USA collegefootball game on the beIN SPORTS' English-language channel, which attracted only 13,000 viewers.

NASL game beats college football debut on beIN SPORTS

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Last Saturday's game between Minnesota United and Rayo OKC on beIN SPORTS en Español drew 21,000 viewers, the most for an NASL match since the league's debut on beIN SPORTS in April, 2016.

The NASL also beat out the Conference USA collegefootball game on the beIN SPORTS' English-language channel, which attracted only 13,000 viewers.

With Rayo Vallecano announcement, NASL charts new, riskier expansion strategy

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The North American Soccer League (NASL)has spent much of the last year trying to claim some degree of authenticity in its approach to the world's game. In contrast to the franchise model of Major League Soccer (MLS),which features a majority of new clubs using names that resemble that of older European ones, the NASL has been willing to embrace American soccer history and free market principles.

With Rayo Vallecano announcement, NASL charts new, riskier expansion strategy

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The North American Soccer League (NASL)has spent much of the last year trying to claim some degree of authenticity in its approach to the world's game. In contrast to the franchise model of Major League Soccer (MLS),which features a majority of new clubs using names that resemble that of older European ones, the NASL has been willing to embrace American soccer history and free market principles.

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Rayo Vallecano deny match-fixing amid La Liga probe

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Madrid (AFP) Players of La Liga strugglers Rayo Vallecano vehemently denied any wrongdoing on Friday amid an investigation from the Spanish league into suspicious betting patterns before their 2-1 defeat to Real Sociedad last weekend.

Rayo now need to win against Levante on Sunday and hope other results go their way to avoid relegation.