With just two games to go in the NASL Spring Season, Minnesota United FC holds a three-point advantage over both the defending league champion New York Cosmos and San Antonio Scorpions. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Carolina RailHawks are also still in contention for the season’s title.
Minnesota United FC could’ve opened a bigger cushion at the top of the standings, but played to a 0-0 draw against the RailHawks in the seventh week of action. Minnesota leads the league with 16 points on five wins and a draw, while the Cosmos and Scorpions have 13 points on four wins and a draw. The Strikers have 12 points and the RailHawks have 11.
If Minnesota wins its week eight game at the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Cosmos and Scorpions do no better than draws, then Minnesota takes the spring season title. In all likelihood, the spring season championship won’t be claimed until after the final week of action is played.
The NASL’s Spring Season is just nine games and teams will then be given a break during the FIFA World Cup. The winner of the Spring Season title automatically qualifies for the “The Championship” – a new four-team playoff format that begins after the Fall Season is concluded.
The Fall Season begins on July 12 and will feature 18 games as each of the league’s active 10 franchises will face each other twice. The Fall Season outright champion also qualifies automatically for the postseason.