Indy Eleven Gameday & Match Preview
Indy Eleven vs Jacksonville Armada FC - #INDvJAX
Saturday, August 26, 2017 – 7:30 P.M. EST
Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
Indy Eleven notes
HOME SWEET HOME
Though Indy opened their 2017 Fall slate at home with a 3-1 loss to FC Edmonton, their most recent visit from Jacksonville Armada FC fell their way.
Prior to the loss to the Eddies, Indy had won their previous three home games against North Carolina FC, the New York Cosmos, and Armada FC in the build-up to the Spring Season finale.
On Saturday, Indy will attempt to construct a new streak after earning a point on the road in New York.
WHO TO WATCH INDY ELEVEN EDITION: MF BEN SPEAS
An impact player for Indy Eleven through the Fall Season thus far, midfielder Ben Speas looks set to make an impact this weekend.
Speas has three goals and three assists since signing for "Indiana's Team" in the offseason and has been a regular in the starting lineup since recovering from sports hernia surgery in April.
As Indy advances, look for a player like Speas to cut inside and out, linking play with the center of the park while creating opportunities from out wide.
WHO TO WATCH NEW YORK COSMOS EDITION: MF J.C. BANKS
Midfielder J.C. Banks acts as one of Armada FC's most creative attacking players and will be one of a few to keep an eye on come Saturday night.
Featuring in all 21 games with 18 starts, Banks has scored four goals this year, including two in Jacksonville's 4-1 win over Indy on June 10.
Most recently, Banks logged 90 minutes and one shot in his side's 1-0 loss vs Miami FC on August 20.
MATCH-UP TO MARK: MF JON BUSCH vs FW BRIAN SHRIVER
It takes a bit of an Ironman to rack up over 500 appearances in your career - and Jon Busch has passed that and still going strong.
Last week in New York, despite conceding three goals, "Buschy" made six crucial saves as the Cosmos attack peppered the 'netminder in his 19th game of the season. The 41-year-old shot stopper has racked up 69 saves in 100 shots faced, placing him second in the league in that category.
Meanwhile, forward Brian Shriver has been part of Jacksonville's attacking success since arriving from North Carolina FC between the Spring and Fall Seasons. The clever attacker featured for all 90 minutes and fired off four shots in Jacksonville's 1-0 loss to Miami FC last week.