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Indy Eleven at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Saturday, September 28, 2019 – 7:00 P.M. ET
Highmark Stadium | Pittsburgh, Penn.
Local/National TV: N/A
Radio (Spanish): N/A
In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Honda
Indy Eleven: 17W-7L-5D, 56 pts., 2nd in Eastern Conference
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: 15W-4L-10D, 55 pts., 5th in Eastern Conference
Indy Eleven 2 : 1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC | Saturday, June 1
Indy Eleven overcame an early deficit with two late-game goals to secure three points at home in the first meeting of 2019 vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on June 1. Indy midfielder Kenney Walker spurred the comeback after netting the equalizer in the 71st minute, quickly followed by midfielder Tyler Pasher’s game-winning strike 10 minutes later.
Atlanta United FC 2 2 : 1 Indy Eleven | Wednesday, September 25
Indy Eleven fell at Atlanta United FC 2, 2-1, in the club’s first of two Week 30 road matches. Atlanta’s George Campbell found the scoreboard first in the 24th minute. The lead was short lived as defender Paddy Barrett scored his first goal of the 2019 campaign and the equalizer in 36th minute, but a second-half goal from Atlanta’s Andrew Carleton saw the home side claim all three points.
Memphis 901 FC 0 : 1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC | Tuesday, September 24
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC secured three points and their sixth consecutive clean sheet after defeating Memphis 901 FC 1-0 on the road. A goal from a corner kick courtesy of defender Joe Greenspan was the only one of the match and the defender’s third goal of the season. Greenspan has been a threat in the air for Pittsburgh, as all three of his goals have come via his head.
With a tough stretch of matches in quick succession towards the end of a season, a player fit enough to complete a full 90 minutes in multiple back-to-back games is crucial. For the Boys in Blue, that man has been midfielder Tyler Gibson. The 28-year-old has played all but six minutes of the 2019 USL Championship season, making him the most active player on the Boys in Blue’s roster.
Not only is Gibson reliable when choosing a starting XI that can put in a full shift, he can be relied upon to control the tempo of a match. The Tennessean has made 32 interceptions on the season, a stat that has seen him shutdown opponent passing lanes and restart Indy’s attack on multiple occasions. Additionally, Gibson has played the most passes on the team at 1,680 and he’s failed to complete only 193, boasting an impressive 89% success rate.
The last time Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC goalkeeper Kyle Morton gave up a goal was just over a month ago in a 5-0 defeat to North Carolina FC. Since then, Morton has gone on a goal-stopping spree, recording five consecutive clean sheets and making 11 saves before appearing on the bench at Memphis 901 FC Tuesday night.
Morton is yet to make an appearance against the Boys in Blue, as fellow goalkeeper Austin Pack minded the net the last time the two teams played. If Morton gets the start between the sticks, he’ll most likely have his work cut out for him seeing as Indiana’s Team created 17 shots in the home fixture against Pittsburgh.
Indy Eleven continues its four-game road trip this Saturday at Highmark Stadium, squaring up against fifth-place Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at 7:00 p.m. ET. Don't miss the Week 30 action - catch the match live via ESPN+ or follow along on the Indy Eleven Live Twitter Feed, presented by Honda.