INDIANAPOLIS (August 12, 2017) – On goalkeeper Jon Busch’s 500th appearance in all competitions, Indy Eleven fell 3-0 to the Spring Season champs Miami FC in their third game of the Fall Season.
An exciting first half that featured “Buschy” making three important saves, it was “Indiana’s Team” that created the first chance of the night. Earning a corner, midfielder Don Smart jogged over to take and swung in a fantastic ball to the dead middle of the six-yard box. Defender Colin Falvey was first to meet the cross, but his header went flying over the bar. The first save of the night for Busch came just minutes later when Stefano Pinho was in perfect position to direct a header on goal only to see the veteran leap towards the top corner and collect with both hands.
As the half wore on, defender Nemanja Vukovic found himself set up perfectly with a free kick just outside the box and looked to replicate his curling free kick goal against FC Edmonton last week. Instead, “Vuko” rifled one around the wall and towards Miami FC ‘keeper Daniel Vega’s far post only to see the effort scale inches wide of goal. Three minutes later, Miami FC had their best opportunity of the first half through the attacker Poku. Sprinting down the right side, the former New York City FC man slid a ball into the middle of the area for his teammate Jamie Chavez but found the pass just behind the forward and Indy was able to clear.
At the half, Indy held strong and though unable to capitalize on chances in the box still kept their shape defensively and the deadlock continued.
A completely different second 45 minutes began quickly for the hosts as Miami FC got themselves on the board after just five minutes. With Jamie Chavez streaking down the flank, the forward got a cross away for Stefano Pinho to get on the end of and his point-blank header on the break beat Busch for the first of the evening.
However, Indy would come close to an equalizer just two minutes later as forward David Goldsmith was able to create an opportunity for himself. Twisting his way through the Miami defense, the Butler product saw the ball roll into his path only for a heavy effort to be nailed right down the pipe at Vega. The hosts continued to flash their attack as Indy sought their first of the match, and midfielder Dylan Mares was able to capitalize on an opportunity right at the hour mark. Similar to Goldsmith’s run moments earlier, Mares weaved his way through the defense before hitting a bullet at goal from just outside the box that Busch had no shot at.
Despite the two-goal deficit, again the “Boys in White” threatened in attack. Midfielder Don Smart, who is nearing his 100th appearance for Indy Eleven, intercepted a pass in Miami territory and squared it for Zayed. With Vega just barely getting back in position, the forward could only clip the bar as the chance went begging.
In the 70th minute, Miami FC found their third goal of the evening as Stefano Pinho completed his brace. Defender Hunter Freeman marauded into Indy Eleven territory and whipped up a pass into the six-yard box that Pinho was able to get his forehead to, again heading past Busch who could only watch.
“Indiana’s Team” would not go quietly, however, and in the 88th minute, they were able to earn a goal for the forward Zayed. Active in attack all game long, midfielder Ben Speas was able to skip around a pair of defenders and get a cross into the area for Zayed. The Irishman’s direct header found the top corner to pull one back, but Miami FC took home all three points and Indy left empty-handed.
Next up, Indy Eleven travels to New York to face the Cosmos on Saturday, August 19 before returning home to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium to host Jacksonville Armada FC on Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 P.M. ET. Tickets for the game – and all remaining 5+ NASL matches at “The Mike” in 2017 – can be purchased for as little as $11 online at www.IndyEleven.com or by phone at 317-685-1100.
NASL Fall Season
Miami FC 3 : 1 Indy Eleven
Saturday, August 12, 2017
FIU Stadium – Miami, FL
MIA – Stefano Pinho (Jamie Chavez) 48’
MIA – Dylan Mares (Jamie Chavez) 60’
MIA – Stefano Pinho (Hunter Freeman) 70’
IND – Eamon Zayed (Ben Speas) 88’
IND – Colin Falvey 50’
MIA – Michael Lahoud 53’
IND – Gerardo Torrado 63’
IND – Brad Ring 82’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-5-1, L-->R): Jon Busch (GK); Nemanja Vukovic, Daniel Keller, Colin Falvey © (Kwame Watson-Siriboe 65’), Marco Franco; Ben Speas, Brad Ring, Gerardo Torrado (Tanner Thompson 77’), Craig Henderson (David Goldsmith 32’), Don Smart; Eamon Zayed
IND bench: Keith Cardona (GK); Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Adrian Ables
Miami FC lineup (4-3-3, L->R): Daniel Vega (GK); Blake Smith, Tyler Ruthven, Rhett Bernstein, Hunter Freeman; Dylan Mares (Calvin Rezende 74’), Richie Ryan, Michael Lahoud ©; Jaime Chavez, Kwadwo Poku (Ariel Martinez 77’), Stefano Pinho (Michel 90+1’)
MIA bench: Ryan Herman, Jonathan Borrajo, Jonny Steele, Gabriel Farfan