Defeat at New York puts Toros in bind

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Miami News

The Miami Toros face a must win situation when they host the Toronto Metroes Wednesday night in the Orange Bowl.

Miami's playoff picture grew ever dimmer over the weekend with a 1-0 loss to New York Saturday night and the Toros must come up with a victory Wednesday night to stay in the North American Soccer League race.

Saturday night's loss, which dropped the Toros into last place in the NASL's Eastern Division, left the Miami club with a 7-5-5 record and 77 points. New York is 6-4-6 and has 78 points, nine behind division leading Philadelphia.

New York is in a better position to catch Philadelphia than the Toros are, however. The Cosmos have three games remaining while Miami has only two. The Toros close out their regular season schedule next Wednesday night when they play Montreal in the Orange Bowl.

Rookie forward Joe Fink was the New York hero Saturday, scoring the game's only goal, a 20-yard shot that hugged the AstroTurf of Hofstra Stadium and slid by Miami goalie Ruben Montoya.

Fink took over the NASL scoring lead with the goal, his 11th in 11 games. Miami's Warren Archibald as 10 goals to put him in second place.