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Indy Eleven (#3) vs. New York Red Bulls II (#6)
USL Championship Playoffs | Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 7:30 P.M. ET
IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium | Indianapolis, Ind.
Local/National TV: MyINDY-TV 23
Radio (Spanish): Exitos Radio 94.3 FM
In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Honda
Indy Eleven: 19W-9L-6D, 63 pts.
New York Red Bulls II: 17W-11L-6D, 57 pts.
New York Red Bulls II 2 : 1 Indy Eleven | Sunday, April 28
Indy Eleven’s early four-game winning streak ended on the road after dropping a second half lead. USL Championship’s all-time leading goal scorer Dane Kelly put the Boys in Blue on the scoreboard first in the 13th minute, but a penalty converted by New York’s Jared Stroud on the hour mark neutralized Indy’s lead. Nine minutes later, forward Tom Barlow added another goal to buffer New York’s lead through the remainder of the match.
Indy Eleven 1 : 0 New York Red Bulls II | Wednesday, September 4
Indiana’s Team exacted revenge in the second leg of the 2019 season series against New York with a scrappy victory at Lucas Oil Stadium. Red Bulls II defender Janos Loebe’s hard deflection off Indy’s woodwork in the fourth minute of first half stoppage time kept New York from gaining the high ground. Late-game dramatics proved to be in Indy’s favor once again as Dane Kelly’s header in the 83rd minute, assisted by midfielder Macauley King, popped over New York ‘keeper Evan Louro and into the net, securing the win and keeping Indy’s home undefeated streak alive.
Indy Eleven 2 : 1 Swope Park Rangers | Wednesday, October 16
Indiana’s Team secured a home playoff match for the first time since the 2016 season after defeating Swope Park Rangers 2-1 in both teams’ final game of the 2019 USL Championship regular season. Forward Dane Kelly’s strike in the 56th minute surged Indy into the lead, only for Swope Park midfielder Wilson Harris to bring the scores back level 71 seconds later. Kelly wasn’t finished putting his mark on the game, the Jamaican surging the Boys in Blue back in front in the 67th minute after winning a one-on-one vs. SPR goaltender Eric Dick, the game-winner counting as his 10th finish of the season.
Loudoun United FC 7 : 3 New York Red Bulls II | Saturday, October 19
An intense match that featured 10 goals, three of which came from the penalty spot, saw New York Red Bulls II fall at place Loudoun United. Sixteen minutes in, Red Bulls II was down 2-1 before Loudoun put four back-to-back goals past the New York side. NYRBII pulled two back in the second half, but despite their efforts they now find themselves winless in their last six matches (0W-5L-1D).
Kelly has been a thorn in the side of New York Red Bulls II, finding the back of the net in both legs of the 2019 regular season series. Since notching his fourth goal of the season at New York in Week 8 play, the striker has moved the needle to 10 goals on the season, another of which came against Red Bulls II on September 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Kelly has played key role in Indy’s fluid attacking formation over the last month, scoring two goals and registering an assist in his squad’s last three matches. After adding a brace to his all-time league-leading goal record (77) in his last appearance against Swope Park Rangers, it looks as though the 28-year-old is heading into the playoffs in dangerous form.
The consistent man to mark throughout New York Red Bull II’s campaign has been the active midfielder Stroud, as the 23-year-old was the only NYRBII player to have appeared in all 34 regular season match – with all but two appearances coming as a member of the starting XI.
The Chester, N.J., native leads his team in scoring (15) and assists (9), and created the second most chances for his teammates with 90, trailing only midfielder partner Christopher Lema by four. Despite his club’s recent dip in form and being winless in their last six matches, Stroud continued to produce from his spot on the left wing. He’s scored two goals in the rough six-game losing skid and has found the back of the net against Indy once before back in Week 8. If Red Bulls II are to pull off the upset, they’ll look to Stroud to help produce to goals that would make it happen.
Indy Eleven (#3) will begin its postseason run this Saturday, Oct. 26, back at its old home of IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium, with kickoff against New York Red Bulls II (#6) at 7:30 p.m. (live on MyINDY-TV 23 & EPSN+). Tickets are still available at IndyEleven.com/Tickets or by calling 317-685-1100.