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Updates from head coach Tim Hankinson on this Saturday's match against Jax Armada FC
Jun 6, 2017

Ahead of a visit from Jacksonville Armada FC, IndyEleven.com caught up with head coach Tim Hankinson on some of the storylines surrounding the matchup...

On fitness concerns, coach Hankinson revealed that following the San Francisco match it's too soon to make a call on availability:

"I expect a couple of guys will be down and a couple of guys will be back. Right now, though, it's too early to tell for this week."

Jacksonville comes into the weekend fresh off two losses in all competitions, but Hankinson is adamant that those results may be but a blip on the radar:

"Jacksonville typically lines up in their 4-2-3-1 with two holding midfielders that support one of the hottest players in the league in [Zach] Steinberger. They have good speed on the flanks and have a formidable attack as evidenced by their results this year."

It's been three weeks since Indy had the pleasure of playing at home in the confines of Carroll Stadium, and while the team was able to pick up a point in their last road match, Hankinson believes his team can only benefit from another game in front of the fans:

"Being at home is certainly an important piece for us this weekend, but if you look at our results, even though we've only lost three of our 10 games, we're definitely a team that can hang in and keep ourselves in a position to win. The problem we've had is that we have repeatedly not made the players necessary down the stretch to end up with a win," he said.

"We can't take winning for granted at this point. We just have to keep working on the parts of our game that have not functioned well and hope that, eventually, those concepts start to come together. There are no advantages for us unless we improve parts of our game."

Finally, after signing a short-term contract, Jason Plumhoff has learned that his option will be exercised and he will remain a part of the Indy Eleven squad through the end of the Spring Season. On the decision, Hankinson stressed that Plumhoff will continue as a member of the "Boys in Blue" due to what he's shown in his appearances so far.

"Jason made a real impact with the team in Edmonton by coming in as a reserve and getting his goal. We saw his play in San Francisco in coming off the bench and he performed quite well. We can use him on the left, on the right, and in a forward position, so his versatility is very important."

 

Indy Eleven faces Jacksonville Armada FC this Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 PM. Tickets for this Spring Season battle at available at IndyEleven.com or by calling 317-685-1100.

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