NSL MEETING - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018
The National Soccer will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, November 14 at the League Office, 506 S Westgate St in Addison. Start time is 8.00 PM. Attendance is mandatory; absent teams may be fined.
Topics of discussion will include: 2018-19 indoor season, team affiliation, and projected start date.
The National Soccer League has wrapped up its 99th season of outdoor competition and two teams earned top honors.
Longtime powerhouse RWB Adria won the regular-season title, racking up 22 points from nine matches. The race for the championship was tightly contested, with just five points separating the top five teams.
The post-season playoff tournament was won by CKS Warta, who claimed the sixth and final playoff spot. Warta knocked off Wisloka Chicago in the final. Wisloka surged to the title match after finishing the season in fifth place. The tournament results underscore the quality and parity that exists among the league's top teams.
CKS Warta claimed their first outdoor championship on Sunday with a resounding 4:0 victory over Wisloka Chicago in the league's playoff final. Warta were in charge of the affair right from the start, as Wisloka rarely looked like they could compete on the same level.
Warta went ahead in the 23rd minute, when Luis Adame fired a powerful header into the back of the net, finishing off a cross from the left side.
William Butler made it 2:0 just before halftime, as Juan de la Cruz sent a perfect through ball for Butler, who broke through the Wisloka defense. Butler came 1 v 1 on goal and made no mistake with a shot that found the far post.
Warta exerted their grip on the contest just before the hour mark, when de la Cruz's smooth maneuvers inside the penalty area left Wisloka helpless. He curled a shot into the top corner, leaving the goalkeeper rooted.
Joel del Toro made it 4:0 in the final minute, lofting a delightful chip from outside the box over the goalie.
Wisloka finished the match with nine men after the referee sent off two of their players late in the second half.
Warta adds the outdoor title to their indoor championship and their victory in the Illinois Stare Cup.
CKS Warta advanced to the semifinals of the NSL playoffs on Monday with an incredible 2:1 victory over Vikings AA. Warta scored the game-winner in the 81st minute, despite being down to nine players following two red cards.
The Vikings took the lead just 38 seconds into the match, taking advantage of a Warta mistake and firing a long shot past goalkeeper Rodolfo Gonzalez before he had even broken a sweat.
Warta pressed for an equalizer and created several great chances, but were unable to get through the Vikings defensive wall.
Warta began to take control in the second half, dominating possession and creating constant pressure. The equalizer appeared at hand in the 49th minute, but a Vikings defender cleared the ball off the line after a corner kick.
Luis Adame leveled the affair in the 54th minute when he headed home a corner kick.
Warta were reduced to nine players when two players were issued second yellow cards, shifting their tactics to a defend-and-counter approach. Warta's opportunity in the 81st minute, when Adrian Ortiz fired past the diving keeper from a tough angle to make it 2:1.
Warta will face RWB Adria in their semifinal match on October 4.
RWB Adria climbed into the top spot in the standings when they dispatched SAC Wisla 3:1 at River Rd.
Qudas Lawal opened the scoring for Adria in the 20th minute in an evenly played first half. Wisla tied things up before halftime, but Adria found another gear in the second half.
Vlado Zadro banged home the winner in the 53rd minute and then took advantage of a bad pass by Wisla’s goalkeeper in the late going to make it 3:1.
Winged Bull took full advantage of a ten-man Stare Byki squad and counterattacked their way to a 6:1 victory at Oak Brook Sports Core.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Following a short corner kick, a Winged Bull player hit a curling shot from the left channel into the far post.
Two minutes later, a dubious penalty decision allowed Winged Bull to make it 2:0.
The shorthanded Byki tried to make a game of it and pulled to within 2:1 in the final action of the first half. Mike Stamatinos hit a long-range bomb with the outside of his foot for his first goal of the season.
The second half belonged to Winged Bull. They scored the crucial third goal in the 50th minute with a wicked free kick from a very tough angle.
Winged Bull turned on the jets at that point. They converted counterattacks in the final 25 minutes into three goals to put the result to bed.