Indy Eleven Gameday & Match Preview
Indy Eleven vs New York Cosmos - #INDvNYC
Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 7:30 P.M. EST
Carroll Stadium - Indianapolis, IN
Indy Eleven notes
ELEVEN REWIND vs PUERTO RICO FC:
Indy Eleven defeated Puerto Rico FC, 2-1, at Carroll Stadium as the team’s push for a position in the 2017 playoffs continues.
Forward Eamon Zayed was the star on the night, scoring two goals - one in the 37th minute following a blocked shot by Ben Speas that fell into his path, and the second in the 62nd minute with a deft header following a floated cross from Marco Franco.
Puerto Rico FC would pull one back in stoppage time as a handball was whistled on Indy Eleven in the penalty area. Though correctly guessing where PRFC forward Giuseppe Gentile would place his spot kick, Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch could not keep it out.
However, the “Boys in Blue” secure an important three points and turn their attention to the New York Cosmos.
THE RIVALRY CONTINUES:
Indy Eleven hosts the New York Cosmos once again with plenty of ammunition fueling this storied contest.
In 2017 alone, the pair of scored a combined 11 goals in three meetings with Indy claiming two wins at home and a draw in New York. They clash for the final time this season with the Cosmos currently holding the coveted fourth place in the Combined table. Should Indy take all three points, they would close the gap on New York to just two points with four matches remaining. Right now, “Indiana’s Team” trails Jacksonville (5th - 34 pts) by three points with all three clubs having played 27 games.
INDY ELEVEN PLAYER TO WATCH: FW EAMON ZAYED
After netting twice in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Puerto Rico FC, forward Eamon Zayed is again expected to be the focal point of Indy Eleven's success as the club seeks to build on two straight wins at "The Mike."
Zayed's brace brought his tally on the year to nine in 23 appearances, just a few shy of his 15 league goals in 31 appearances in 2016. Zayed has found the majority of his success as of late in the air, with headed goals against PRFC, NCFC, and Miami FC in the Fall Season alone. Having already scored against NYC, Zayed is just one NASL club shy of scoring against every team in the league - goal against San Francisco being his final target in that regard.
NEW YORK COSMOS PLAYER TO WATCH: GK JIMMY MAURER
Though he has conceded six goals to "Indiana's Team" in his last three matches, Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer has been a difficult opponent in 11 matches against Indy Eleven since 2014.
Also making 11 saves in his last three appearances against Indy, Maurer boats a GAA of 1.40 and has one of the better saves per 90 min. of any goalkeeper with 20 or more appearances this year. In addition, the University of South Carolina graduate has made ten saves in his last three matches overall as the Cosmos have gone 1-1-1.
MATCH-UP TO MARK: MF GERARDO TORRADO VS MF JUAN GUERRA
An interesting tussle last time these two sides met, one battle to watch is Indy midfielder general Gerardo Torrado against New York's skilled attacker Juan Guerra.
Facing off in the 3-3 draw at MCU Park in mid-August, Torrado found his way on the scoresheet twice while Guerra subbed in and also found a goal for his side, a late-minute equalizer to steal a point at the death. Guerra has also netted more recently than Torrado with two goals in his last four matches, but it's the former Mexico national team star that has put in more of a shift in his last five matches with a full 90-minute performance in three of his last four contests.