Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance10555
  • Date19 Jul 14
  • VenueMichael A. Carroll Stadium
  • Kick Off06:30 PM EDT
W L L D W
Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven 1
V
L D W W L
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies

Kléberson38'

43'C. Townsend

89'G. Hristov

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

IND vs TBR

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: IND – MyINDY TV-23

 

Indy Eleven will look for their first NASL home victory when the Tampa Bay Rowdies visit IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Indy is coming off their first league win when they topped the host Carolina RailHawks, last week, 2-1, while the Rowdies posted a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks.  This is the second consecutive meeting between the two sides at Michael A. Carroll Stadium, where the last encounter ended in a 1-1 draw in front of sold out crowd of 10,412.  Forward Brian Shriver gave the Rowdies the lead in the second half, but with nine minutes remaining, defender Erick Norales scored the equalizer for Indy Eleven.

 

Last Five Games: IND – L T L T W                                             TBR – L W L T W                                                                                                                       

 

Recognition:

IND-Kléberson, Ben Spencer (Team of the Week-1)

TBR-Georgi Hristov (Player of the Week-1); Evans Frimpong, Georgi Hristov (Team of the Week-1)

 

Stats leaders:

IND-Goals – Mike Ambersley (5); Assists – A.J. Corrado, Dylan Mares (2)

TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (4); Assists – Georgi Hristov, Blake Wagner (2)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (1 meeting): Indy Eleven/Rowdies 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses—1 GF/1 GA (0 GD)

At Indy Eleven: (1 meeting): Indy Eleven/Rowdies 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses—1 GF/1 GA (0 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Indy Eleven/Rowdies 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses—1 GF/1 GA (0 GD)

Last Meeting: April 19, 2014 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium — Indy Eleven 1-1 Rowdies

 

Coaches quotes:

“Getting the first win under our belts finally takes a bit of the weight off our group's shoulders. At the same time, there's a different type of pressure knowing that we've yet to give our home fans a taste of victory in league play, and that will be a tough task against a Rowdies team that was very physical the first time we saw them here in April.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer

"This will be a very difficult game for us, as was our trip to Indianapolis in the beginning of the season. They've got fantastic fans that support their team emotionally and continuously. We know the (Indy) Eleven will be a very difficult opponent. We're coming off an emotional victory and I'm hoping we can take that high into this game." – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill

 

Referee: Hilario Grajeda

Asst 1: Miguel Panduro, Jr.

Asst 2: Cory Richardson

4th: Khalaf Al-Latayfeh

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Indy Eleven 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2

Forwards Georgi Hristov and Casey Townsend scored for visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies in the 2-1 victory over Indy Eleven in front of another sold out crowd of 10,555 at IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening.

INDvTBR

Forwards Georgi Hristov and Casey Townsend scored for visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies in the 2-1 victory over Indy Eleven in front of another sold out crowd of 10,555 at IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening.

"Very happy with the win," said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill. "It's great to get three points with such a difficult place to come to. I thought our overall performance was very pleasing.

"We didn't get the rhythm in the second half as well as we did in the first half as quickly as the first half but we always have to threat at times. Very happy with three points."

Tampa Bay came out with the better of the play to open up, but both sides seemed intent to keep play in midfield without chancing much in back.  Indy Eleven’s first near-net opportunity came in the 26th minute on a long ball by midfielder Blake Smith, who sent a cross over the middle to forward Ben Spencer.  The tall striker set up for a bicycle kick at the top of the area, but the shot was blocked by the face of Tampa Bay defender Tamika Mkandawire as the ball left Spencer’s foot.

On the ensuing possession, the Rowdies responded with their own chance to take the lead. Attacking the right side of the box, forward Hristov placed a shot that just sailed high over the head of Indy ‘keeper Kristian Nicht, keeping the match scoreless.

In the 38th minute, Indy would find the back of the net through its star midfielder Kleberson. Smith deftly headed a cross by Kleberson with a laid off header back out to the Brazilian, who  took the return ball on a one-hop volley and fired it into the lower left corner of goal.  The finish was Kleberson’s fourth on the year – and his first from the run of play after three spot kick conversions during the Spring Season.

But Rowdies quickly responded in the 43rd minute. A shot by midfielder Darel Russell found its way behind Nicht but bounced off the left post. However, Townsend was able to clean up the play and find his second goal of the year on an empty net, leveling the score 1-1 going into the locker room at halftime.

Indy Eleven opened up the second half of play searching vigorously for their go-ahead goal.  In the 53rd minute, a cross from Smith to a streaking Victor Pineda gave the Eleven what looked to be a quality chance, only to see Pineda whistled offside.  In the 73rd minute of the match, Indy Eleven midfield newcomer Sergio Peña made his NASL debut for the squad subbing on for Pineda.

After both sides would see solid chances go wanting, the deciding factor came in the 89th minute of the match.  A low cross by forward Brian Shriver was met by a streaking Hristov, who sent home a classy first-time finish off the underside of the crossbar and into goal to give the Rowdies the go-ahead goal in the dwindling minutes of the game.