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PREVIEW | BACK ON THE ROAD, INDY VISITS MEMPHIS SATURDAY

By IndyEleven.com, 06/05/19, 6:00PM EDT

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"Boys in Blue" ready for first-ever meeting with expansion side

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Indy Eleven at Memphis 901 FC - #MEMvIND
Saturday, June 8, 2019 – 8:30 P.M. ET

AutoZone Park  |  Memphis, TN

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Setting the Table:
Indy Eleven: 6W-2L-3D, 21 pts., T-4th in Eastern Conference
Memphis 901 FC: 2W-6L-4D, 10 pts., 15th in Eastern Conference
Click here for the full USL Championship standings 


Last Time Out


Indy Eleven 2:1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC | Saturday, June 1

A pair of goals from Indy Eleven midfielders Kenney Walker and Tyler Pasher secured three points at home for Indiana’s Team in a game Head Coach Martin Rennie labeled “the most exciting game of the year so far.” Indy conceded its first goal at home in over 500 minutes (515, to be exact) dating back to last October when Robbie Mertz snuck the ball around goalkeeper Evan Newton in the 15th minute. The Eleven comeback began in the 71st minute when Walker nullified Pittsburgh’s lead with a left-footed rocket from just outside the 18-yard box. Ten minutes later Pasher fired home the winning goal via a close-quarters, tight angled strike, extending Indy’s home regular season undefeated streak to 14 games (8W-0L-6D).

#INDvPIT:  Highlights  |  Recap  |  Stats  |  Post-game Quotes


Swope Park Rangers 2:2 Memphis 901 FC | Wednesday, May 22

An eventful 90 minutes between Memphis 901 FC and Swope Rangers saw the game feature two lead changes and the scores leveled twice. Memphis struck first when midfielder Dan Metzger netted the young team’s quickest-ever goal, and his first of the season, three minutes into the match. Swope Park’s Camden Riley tied the match from the penalty spot in the 34th minute and Mark Segbers gave the home side the lead in the 68th minute, but the advantage was short-lived as defender Tristan Hodge nodded in the equalizer five minutes later.

Memphis’ scheduled Week 13 clash at Saint Louis FC last Saturday evening was postponed due to severe weather, giving the expansion an impromptu weekend off before the visit from Indiana’s Team this Saturday.

#SPRvMEM:  Highlights  |  Recap  |  Stats


#MEMvIND Storylines
 

  • Indy Eleven extended its undefeated streak at home to six games in 2019 after defeating Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. The side hasn’t lost at Lucas Oil Stadium since falling to Ottawa Fury FC on July 4, 2018.
  • Indiana’s Team allowed their first goal in the last 396 minutes of USL Championship regular season play on Pittsburgh’s 15th minute tally last Saturday, marking the first league concession since New York Red Bulls II striker and Eastern Conference co-leading scorer Tom Barlow hit the back of the net on April 28 (69’). The goal by the Riverhounds was the first allowed at home in 2019, breaking a season-starting shutout streak of 464 minutes.
  • The two goal outing against Pittsburgh marked the first multi-goal home game of 2019 for Indy, and the fourth such outing in 2019 – the first three times coming via three-goal efforts in road wins (3/15 @ CHL, 4/15 @ SPR, 4/20 @ BTH)
  • The Boys in Blue hold a 3W-2L-0D record on the road in 2019, having scored 11 goals while conceding seven.
  • Saturday’s match will be the first on the road for Indy Eleven following a five-game homestand, during which Indiana’s Team went 2W-0L-3D.
  • Memphis 901 FC is in its first year of USL Championship play after announcing its conception on January 8, 2018.
  • The Tennessee based club is yet to win a game in AutoZone Park and holds a 0W-3L-2D record at home, having scored three goals at home and conceded six..
  • Memphis 901 FC’s roster features midfielders Adam Najem and Dan Metzger, both of which have appeared in USL Championship against Indy Eleven last season.
  • Former Indy Eleven forward Elliot Collier joined Memphis 901 FC on loan from Chicago Fire (MLS). Collier spent part of 2018 with Indy, scoring one goal in 11 appearances.
  • Carmel native Cameron Lindley joined Memphis 901 FC on loan from MLS’ Orlando City SC on April 12, 2019.


Indy Eleven Player to Watch | MF Tyler Pasher


Cometh the moment, cometh the man – and Pasher has been the man late for his squad recently, scoring two game-winning goals within the last ten minutes during two  of Indy’s last three home matches. The first came in the 84th minute against Charleston Battery on May 18, when the Canadian made a streaking run down the left flank and rocketed a shot off the ‘keeper and into the net for the 1-0 win.

“My job is to get the ball, turn, and start running at people,” Pasher said of his goal against Charleston. “If I go nine times and I miss, but go a tenth time and we get a goal then it gets the job done.”

Then two weeks later, he scored nearly an identical game-winner against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (also in the 84th minute), putting the Boys in Blue up 2-1 in the dying moments with another near-post screamer. The former Newcastle United youth product brought his goal tally to three on the year, now sitting a goal behind team scoring leader forward Dane Kelly.
 

Memphis 901 FC Player to Watch: FW Elliot Collier


Collier made 11 appearances for Indy Eleven in 2018 after arriving to the Circle City on loan from Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, scoring a single goal during stay. The New Zealand native now finds himself on loan again, but this time with Memphis 901 FC.

The lanky striker has been productive in front of net for Memphis, tied as the team’s leading goal scorer with two goals in 10 appearances – the first of which came in the team’s inaugural match season on March 16 after losing a close friend in New Zealand’s Christchurch shootings the day before. Indy’s back third will need to keep the 24-year-old striker off his left foot, as he’s scored both goals with his stronger side.
 

Match-up to Mark | Indy Road Form vs. Memphis Home Form


Indy Eleven has turned Lucas Oil Stadium into a fortress, failing to drop a result on the corner of Capitol & South Streets in nearly a calendar year (last July 4, to be exact). The opposite can be said about Memphis 901 FC when playing at AutoZone Park.

Home field advantage has yet to kick in for the expansion team, the side going 0W-3L-2D record while allowing seven goals and scoring just thrice. The Tennessee side hasn’t kept a clean sheet at home either, conceding at least one goal in every game. The man tasked with keeping the net empty is Memphis goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell, who has kept only one shutout (on the road) in 2019 and has saved just under two-thirds of the shots he’s faced.

Indiana’s Team has claimed 9 of 15 possible points from five away games so far in the 2019 USL Championship regular season. The Boys in Blue have scored 11 goals and allowed seven on the road, including three games with three goals scored in each. In addition, the side has kept one clean sheet on the road as Rennie’s squad will play its first match away from home since April 28. 

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