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Indy Eleven vs. New York Red Bulls II
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 – 7:00 P.M. ET
Lucas Oil Stadium | Indianapolis, Ind.
Local/National TV: MyINDY-TV 23
Streaming Video: ESPN+
Radio (Spanish): Exitos Radio 1590 AM
In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Honda
Indy Eleven: 14W-4L-5D, 47 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference
New York Red Bulls II: 16W-5L-5D, 53 pts., 1st in Eastern Conference
New York Red Bulls II 2 : 1 Indy Eleven | Sunday, April 28
Indy Eleven saw its four-game winning streak snapped after giving up a pair of second-half goals at Montclair State University Soccer Park in Montclair, N.J. Indiana’s Team went up early via Dane Kelly’s first of the season 13 minutes in, however, tallies by Jared Stroud and Tom Barlow nine minutes apart midway through the second half would push the home side to victory. The game marked the second time that Indy Eleven would hold a second-half lead on the road, only to lose the full points – something it also did in its season opener at Saint Louis in early March.
Louisville City FC 1 : 1 Indy Eleven | Friday, August 30
Just as in their first meeting nearly two months earlier, Indy Eleven and Louisville shared the spoils from a 1-1 draw that saw the Boys in Blue take a first-half lead and Louisville City equalize in the second stanza. As in their first meeting on July 27, the Eleven took the lead through striker Tyler Pasher, whose 10th of the season came in the 42nd minute and gave Indy the momentum heading into the locker rooms. LCFC’s pressure paid off in the 70th minute through substitute forward Abdou Thiam, whose rebound header evened things up in the build up to a chippy finish at Louisville Slugger Park.
Swope Park Rangers 1 : 5 New York Red Bulls II | Saturday, August 24
An even start at Children’s Mercy Park saw New York’s Sean McSherry and Swope Park’s Wilson Harris trade goals within the first 15 minutes. However, things swung firmly in Red Bulls II’s favor after a 25th minute red card was issued to SPR’s Alexsander, resulting in McSherry’s second (40’) in addition to goals by Edgardo Rito (45’), Jared Stroud (51’) and Amarildo de Souza (90+4’).
Friday at Louisville marked Ilic’s third start since returning from an injury that kept him sidelined for a good portion of the season. Judging from the stat sheet and the eye test, it was the Serbian’s mark that he’s back to full steam – in addition to full fitness by logging his first 90-minute performance since returning to the lineup.
A ridiculous 96.4% passing display, including the pinpoint diagonal that set up Tyler Pasher’s goal … the sheer number of duels he entered (winning 7 of his 16) … the three fouls suffered AND committed … his two chances created and three shots taken ... everywhere you looked, it seemed Ilic was right in the thick of things. It was alternately flashy and gritty, but it was always intelligent – and hopefully a sign of things to come for an Indy attack looking for some steadiness down the stretch.
Tom Barlow’s break-neck pace of production – 11 goals in 13 appearances – may be the showstopper of New York’s stat sheet, but what Stroud brings to the table could be more valuable. On a team where you never know who is going through the revolving door to the parent club, the stability that Stroud has provided in midfield – appearing in all 26 games and starting all but two – is every bit as important as his team-high 12 goals. Stroud hit the scoresheet the first time against Indy and has tallied five goals in New York’s last five road contests, making him priority number one for Eleven’s league-best defense to track.
We know what you’re doing right now. You’re looking at New York’s roster up and down … but you don’t see Mr. Varga. That’s because he’ll be the man in the middle with the whistle on Wednesday night. In the last 11 games played by New York, the man in Varga’s role has issued a red card to the Red Bulls’ opposition (or two, in the case of their fixture against Hartford Athletic).
This is no indictment of the New York roster – quite to the contrary, in fact. They are clearly doing things that are provoking the opposition and forcing them into frustrating situations, which Red Bulls II have been able to take advantage of time and time again in the last few months.
This is more a reminder for the Boys in Blue to keep their cool. After being pretty much downright gentlemanly all season, Indy Eleven racked up three yellow cards in Friday’s contest at Louisville. Granted, all of them were in the final 10 minutes, which mitigates some of the danger involved; and yes, it was a rivalry match that got the blood pumping a little extra. However, it will be imperative for a veteran team like the Eleven to not get drawn into the same type of situations that have gotten so many of the Red Bulls recent opponents behind the eight ball.
The way things have gone at home all season, playing smart and staying cool will be Indy’s recipe to keep New York within striking distance in the standings – and, at the very best, put Indiana’s Team in the driver’s seat in the East for the final two months of the season.
Indy Eleven will look to equal its longest home unbeaten streak in club history at 21 games this Wednesday, September 4, when Indiana’s Team returns to Lucas Oil Stadium for the pivotal contest against New York Red Bulls II. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET, and tickets remain available for as little as $15 at indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100.