Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance10285
  • Date06 Aug 14
  • VenueMichael A. Carroll Stadium
  • Kick Off07:30 PM EDT
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Indy Eleven
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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0
Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: IND – MyINDY TV-23

 

Indy Eleven will be looking for their first NASL home victory when they host Fort Lauderdale Strikers at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium.  Indy is coming off a 4-2 home loss to Atlanta Silverbacks last week, while Fort Lauderdale earned its first victory over the NASL Fall Season after topping the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 in the second game (of three in 2014) of Florida Derby.  This is the first meeting between the two at Indy, however both sides faced off this past Spring at Lockhart Stadium when goals from Marius Ebbers, forwards Martin Nuñez and Fafà Picault gave the host Strikers a 3-2 victory on April 26.  Midfielder Kléberson and defender Erick Norales had the only tallies for Indy Eleven in the loss.

 

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

 

Recognition:

IND-N/A

FTL-Shawn Chin, Fafà Picault (Team of the Week-4)

 

Stats leaders:

IND-Goals – Kléberson (7); Assists – A.J. Corrado, Dylan Mares (2)

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (5); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

 

Suspension:

IND-Brad Ring

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (1 meeting): Strikers 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 3 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

At Indy: First Meeting

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Strikers 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 3 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: April 26, 2014 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 3-2 Indy Eleven

 

Coaches quotes:

“Having a game right away to erase the bad taste left by Saturday's result against Atlanta could be the best thing for our group right now.  We do have some injuries piling up that will test the depth of our squad against Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, but with so many guys getting significant minutes in the Spring Season we'll be able to put out a battle-tested squad that can go out and get the full three points." – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer

“This is going to be a rough road trip, with two games in four days, but we just came off two great results at home. Now we need to continue to play on the road in the same way we played at home, playing mistake free fútbol, and finish some of our chances, and we should be able to get some results.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

 

Referee: Mark Allatin

Asst 1: Andrew Bigelow

Asst 2: Khalaf Al-Latayfeh

4th: Nikola Aleksic

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Indy Eleven 0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0

Indy Eleven was kept yet again from its first-ever home victory Wednesday night, but a 10-man effort from the home side was enough to manufacture a point in a 0-0 draw with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

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Indy Eleven was kept yet again from its first-ever home victory Wednesday night, but a 10-man effort from the home side was enough to manufacture a point in a 0-0 draw with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

"Credit goes out to the group tonight, They really executed the game plan and pulled for each other tonight," said Indy Eleven coach, Juergen Sommer. "It is really gonna take a commitment for these guys to perform collectively together and I thought the first 45 minutes were the best 45 minutes we've seen from this group home or away."

The home side controlled play for much of the game’s opening minutes but failed to take advantage of multiple scoring opportunities. A hat-trick of missed chances in the first 15 minutes left Indy off the scoreboard despite keeping much of the game in front of the Fort Lauderdale net.

Shortly after, the Eleven were granted their most dangerous chance of the half when midfielder Don Smart found himself with a clear path to goal, only to slip and miss altogether on his shot attempt. On the ground and with the ball behind him, Smart reached around his back to corral the ball with his hands, drawing ire from the opposition and a yellow card for his infraction.

From there, play evened out, with the visitors weaponizing their team speed to challenge the Indy defense. With a makeshift back line ahead of him, Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht was forced to make a handful of highlight-reel clearances to keep a scoreless first half.

The hosts’ chances of securing an elusive first home victory took a hit in the 59th minute, when Indy Eleven saw one of its own sent off via a straight red card for the second match in a row.

With play blown dead by the referee’s whistle, Indy forward Jermaine Johnson slid in late and low on Fort Lauderdale midfielder Shawn Chin, slicing Chin’s legs out from underneath him. Though Johnson was already in referee Mark Allatini’s book after an incident in the first half, he was shown a straight red card and Indy was left to fend with 10 men.

Playing with 10 men did not deter Indy from attacking, but the loss of Johnson’s dynamism in the final third left its offense toothless. While the Eleven maintained their share of possession in following Johnson’s ejection, no true chances emerged for the home side to find a winner, and despite playing with the advantage, the Strikers’ attack fell equally fruitless.

Strikers coach, Günter Kronsteiner also commented after the game: "Indy deserved to be up in the first half, but as I said before I am very satisfied to get a point against a very strong Indy Eleven team."

The draw leaves Indy - still searching for its first victory at Michael A. Carroll Stadium – on seven points in the NASL Fall Season, with Fort Lauderdale trailing behind on 5 points.