Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance10285
  • Date02 Aug 14
  • VenueMichael A. Carroll Stadium
  • Kick Off06:30 PM EDT
L D W L W
Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven 2
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W L L W D
Atlanta Silverbacks 4
Atlanta Silverbacks

Kléberson43'

Kléberson55'

5'E. Burgos

21'P. Cruz

46'J. Chávez

83'J. Sandoval

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs Atlanta Silverbacks

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs Atlanta Silverbacks

INDvATL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: ESPN3

 

After winning their last two road matches, Indy Eleven will look for their first league’s home victory when the Atlanta Silverbacks visit IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the NASL ‘Game of the Week’ on ESPN3.   Indy is coming off a 1-0 triumph against host FC Edmonton last week, while Atlanta posted a 1-1 draw against visiting Minnesota United FC.   This is the first meeting between the two at Indy, however both sides faced off this past June in the Spring Season Finale which ended in a 3-3 draw at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.   Forwards Jaime Chavez scored twice and midfielder Pablo Cruz added another tally for the host Silverbacks, while Indy Eleven answered with forward Mike Ambersley notching two goals and midfielder Kléberson had another.

 

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

           

Recognition:

IND-Kléberson, Erick Norales (Team of the Week-3)

ATL-Jaime Chávez (Team of the Week-3)

 

Stats leaders:

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

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (6); Assists – Blair Gavin (3)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (1 meeting): Indy Eleven/Silverbacks 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses — 3 GF/3 GA (0 GD)

At Indy Eleven: First Meeting

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Indy Eleven/Silverbacks 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses — 3 GF/3 GA (0 GD)

Last Meeting: June 7, 2014 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park — Silverbacks 3-3 Indy Eleven

 

Coaches quotes:

“If Saturday's game is anything like our first meeting with Atlanta the fans will certainly get their money's worth. We have some new players in the squad that will give us a different look this time around, especially in midfield.  The first home win has been on the to-do list for too long now, and we're hoping we can give that to our deserving supporters on Saturday night.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer

“Indy is obviously a team that is on the upswing, so we can’t take the game lightly by any means. I’m still more concerned about our team and improving some of the issues that we need to address. I like where we’re at right now, but I feel like we need to make positive steps forward each week. We understand, though, that going up to Indianapolis is going to be a challenge.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith

 

Referee: Robert Sibiga

Asst 1: Aaron Hernandez

Asst 2: Joshua Brooks

4th: Andrew Bigelow

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Indy Eleven 2 Atlanta Silverbacks 4

In a game that never truly became tightly contested, the Atlanta Silverbacks built on a dominant opening stretch to record a 4-2 victory over Indy Eleven on Saturday night.

INDvATL

In a game that never truly became tightly contested, the Atlanta Silverbacks built on a dominant opening stretch to record a 4-2 victory over Indy Eleven in front of another sold out crowd of 10,285 at IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday night.

Two goals in the game's first 21 minutes - including a fifth-minute tally that deflated a sellout crowd in Indianapolis - put the Silverbacks ahead early, and the Eleven were never able to level the score.

The Silverbacks took control of the game quickly, capitalizing on a defensive miscommunication by the Eleven just five minutes into the game. After narrowly missing a pair of goal-scoring chances in the game’s opening minutes, Atlanta put itself ahead with a fifth-minute goal by midfielder Junior Burgos. 

Silverbacks defender Mike Randolph worked his way inside the Eleven penalty area and played a low cross in towards Burgos, who had escaped his mark to reach the near post. Burgos’ tidy one-time finish froze Indy goalkeeper Kristian Nicht and gave Atlanta the early lead. 

With a goal in hand, Atlanta continued to press forward. Their persistence was rewarded 16 minutes later, when a long-distance strike from midfielder Pablo Cruz doubled the Silverbacks’ lead. Upon receiving a pass from fellow midfielder Kwadwo Poku, Cruz needed just two touches before unleashing a 25-yard shot into the left side of Indy’s net.

The next 20 minutes saw the game stabilize and slow. Atlanta appeared to be headed toward a 2-0 halftime lead until a clash in the Indy penalty area allowed the home side on the scoreboard. After Eleven midfielder Don Smart was pulled down in the box in the 43rd minute, midfielder Kleberson sliced the Silverbacks’ lead in half with a rolling spot kick just inside the left post.

After the halftime break, the Silverbacks wasted no time, scoring just 40 seconds into the second half to put the game out of reach. Atlanta defender Ryan Roushandel’s perfectly-placed pass from deep inside his own territory found Jaime Chavez in stride, and the forward slotted the ball past a stranded Nicht. 

With the Silverbacks again at a two-goal advantage, again it was a spot kick from Kleberson that brought the game back to competitiveness. After Atlanta goalkeeper Joe Nasco brought down an attacker in front of his net, Indy’s talismanic Brazilian buried his second penalty kick of the night to make the score 3-2.

Any hopes of a comeback by the home side were cut short in the game’s 65th minute, when Indy's Brad Ring was given a straight red card for a last-man-back foul. A fourth Atlanta goal from midfielder Junior Sandoval put the game finally out of reach.