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Indy Eleven at Atlanta United FC 2
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 – 7:30 P.M. ET
Fifth Third Bank Stadium | Kennesaw, Ga.
Local/National TV: N/A
Radio (Spanish): N/A
In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Honda
Indy Eleven: 17W-6L-5D, 56 pts., 2nd in Eastern Conference
Atlanta United 2: 7W-16L-6D, 27 pts., 14th in Eastern Conference
Indy Eleven 1 : 0 Atlanta United 2 | Saturday, June 22
A lone goal from forward Alioune Diakhate provided Indy Eleven with three points in the first leg of its 2019 series against Atlanta United FC 2 on June 22 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Senegalese forward tapped in the game-winner off a cross from midfielder Tyler Pasher in the 84th minute to score his first goal since signing with Indiana’s Team in March. The match also saw Eleven ‘keeper Jordan Farr record his first USL Champion clean sheet in his second league start since joining the team in 2018.
Indy Eleven 0 : 1 Birmingham Legion FC | Friday, September 20
The Boys in Blue were frustrated on the road last Friday after falling 1-0 at Birmingham Legion FC. A first-half goal from Birmingham’s Brian Wright handed the home team the lead in the in the 39th minute. The hole was dug a bit deeper in the 53rd minute after Indy midfielder Drew Conner was shown a red card, forcing the Boys in Blue to play down a man for the remainder of the evening. Indy almost drew level in the 59th minute when forward Ilija Ilic nearly finished an in-swinging corner kick from defender Ayoze, but the post came to Birmingham’s rescue. Despite Indy’s fighting spirit, the match ultimately finished 1-0 in favor of Legion FC.
Atlanta United FC 2 3 : 1 Charleston Battery | Wednesday, September 18
Atlanta United FC 2 have picked up seven points out of nine in their last three matches after handling Charleston Battery 3-1 at home last Wednesday. A first-half goal from Luiz Fernando and two second-half strikes by Andrew Carleton and Jack Metcalf pushed the affiliate side to victory in a game that saw Atlanta score at least three goals for the fourth time this season.
Atlanta United FC 2 have scored seven goals in their last three games. For those doing the math, that’s nearly a fifth of the Georgia based team’s 2019 goal haul (36) being tallied in the last 270 minutes of play. With the Atlanta offense currently riding a high, Indy goalkeeper Evan Newton may again have his work cut out for him after an impressive performance against Birmingham.
Newton was peppered with shots against a goal-hungry Birmingham side, saving six of the seven shots on target. The only shot the 31-year-old failed to save came as the game’s lone goal in the 39th minute, a leaping header from Legion forward Brian Wright. The last time the Boys in Blue faced Atlanta, the visitors registered 15 shots. With an in-form Atlanta in the final third, Newton will need to again be on his toes for a potential peppering.
Midfielder Andrew Carleton has been a large part of Atlanta’s recent offensive success. The 19-year-old scored the second goal of Atlanta’s 3-1 win against Charleston Battery last time out. Not only did Carleton score last match, he’s scored three goals in his last three appearances, bringing his 2019 account to four.
Carleton is typically found lurking around the right of the center circle, providing an additional outlet for whichever striker is deployed at the top of Atlanta’s formation. It’ll be up to a strong Indy Eleven midfield performance to nullify Carleton’s runs through the middle of the pitch, as the youngster is currently on a bit of scoring streak.
Indiana’s Team continues its three-games, nine-day road trip Wednesday night when the Boys in Blue travel to Georgia to face Atlanta United FC 2. The contest starts at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed exclusively via ESPN+.
Indy Eleven returns to Lucas Oil Stadium to face Memphis 901 FC on Saturday, October 5. Tickets to the 7:00 p.m. kickoff are available for as low as $15 at IndyEleven.com/Tickets or by calling 317-685-1100.