Indy Eleven Gameday & Match Preview
San Francisco vs Indy Eleven - #SFDvIND
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – 10:30 P.M. EST
Kezar Stadium - San Francisco, CA
Indy Eleven notes
ELEVEN REWIND vs NEW YORK COSMOS:
Indy Eleven dueled to a 2-2 draw with the New York Cosmos on Saturday night in the final regular season meeting between the two sides.
Welcoming the Cosmos off the back of a 2-1 win over Puerto Rico FC, Indy was first off the mark via a Don Smart goal in the 27th minute. However, New York was quick to equalize as Emmanuel Ledesma put one on the board in the 36th minute.
In similar fashion to the first half, Indy regained the lead, this time from Eamon Zayed off a Marco Franco cross, in the 64th minute, only to quickly concede an equalizer, this one to Javi Marquez off an Emmanuel Ledesma pass.
Indy would create enough to find a third but could not convert in the end, instead maintaining their home unbeaten run vs NYC.
PLAYOFF PURSUIT IN CHECK:
Just four games remain in the 2017 regular season and Indy Eleven currently finds itself in 6th place in the Combined Season standings, five points off both Jacksonville Armada FC and the New York Cosmos.
Traveling to face the second-placed San Francisco Deltas for the final time this year, “Indiana’s Team” knows how vital the encounter is with three points a must.
The Deltas have not lost in their last five matches, going 3-2-0 in that span, while Indy Eleven has scored four goals in their last two matches, more than any stretch since August.
INDY ELEVEN PLAYER TO WATCH: GK JON BUSCH
Indy Eleven goalkeeper Jon Busch has broken just about every record there is for a 'netminder on "Indiana's Team." While his numbers have not yet reached those of last year, "Buschy" leads the league in saves through 27 games as his team pursues a spot in the 2017 Playoffs.
A crucial step to securing that place would be a win against the Deltas, and almost as important, a clean sheet. San Francisco has scored in their last eight matches, though, and are coming off a 3-0 thrashing of Miami FC on the road. Not short on confidence, Indy Eleven will need Busch to be in peak form in order to keep the Deltas off the scoresheet.
SAN FRANCISCO DELTAS PLAYER TO WATCH: FW PABLO DYEGO
Attacker Pablo Dyego has caused Indy Eleven problems in 2017, most recently in their September 2 meeting at Carroll Stadium in which the Brazilian's brace secured three points for the visitors.
Dyego's agility and footwork make him a tough marker, but he'll be facing an Indy Eleven backline that has been gelled well together in their last two matches and picked up four points in that span. However, limiting Dyego's involvement in the match will only help the "Boys in Blue" over the course of the match.
MATCH-UP TO MARK: DF COLIN FALVEY vs FW DEVON SANDOVAL
Indy Eleven captain Colin Falvey is fresh off a Team of the Month nod for September, leading all defenders in blocks (10) and placing second amongst all defenders in duels won (27) and interceptions (11).
A challenge for the Irishman on Wednesday night will come in the form of forward Devon Sandoval, who has scored four goals in 24 appearances for the Deltas this year. At six-foot-one, 190 lbs, Sandoval is a physical proposition to face in the air, and having scored two goals in his last fives matches (244 minutes), the forward can provide a spark where needed.