Indy Eleven Gameday & Match Preview
Indy Eleven vs North Carolina FC - #INDvNCFC
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 5:00 P.M. EST
Carroll Stadium - Indianapolis, IN
INDY ELEVEN: 3-3-9, 12 pts.; 8th in Fall Season
(7-11-13, 32 pts.; 6th in NASL - Combined)
ELEVEN REWIND vs MIAMI FC:
The “Boys in Blue” hosted Puerto Rico FC last Saturday for their final meeting with “La Naranja,” who had been on the road since the devastation of Hurricane Maria hit the mainland.
Capitalizing on a fast start, PRFC found themselves in front just five minutes in thanks to forward Sidney Rivera, who pounced on a loose ball in the box to beat Eleven ‘keeper Keith Cardona from point-blank range.
Puerto Rico FC was forced into an early change in the first half as Rivera picked up a knock and brought on forward Emery Welshman in his place. Welshman would make a quick impact, assisting on forward Hector Ramos’s goal in the 43rd minute to put the visitors up, 2-0.
After making a number of subs at the break and into the second half, Indy would find their goal in the 82nd minute as rookies Tanner Thompson and David Goldsmith combined with the Butler product finding the back of the net.
CLOSING THE SHOW:
“Indiana’s Team” wraps up the 2017 season this Sunday evening in a clash with North Carolina FC at Carroll Stadium.
Out of the 2017 Playoff race, Indy Eleven looks to finish strong and hold onto their place in the table with just the one game left to play. North Carolina FC, meanwhile, has not yet locked up their playoff seed despite qualifying with last week’s results.
INDY ELEVEN PLAYER TO WATCH: FW EAMON ZAYED
Forward Eamon Zayed heads into the final game of the year as the only player in the NASL to hit the double-digit scoring mark in two straight seasons.
Zayed, who is the highest scoring player in Indy Eleven history (25 goals), looks to finish of the season on a high. Stefano Pinho leads the league with 17 goals on the year, but Zayed sits T-3 on ten goals with the opportunity to jump into second should he score at least one on Sunday night.
NORTH CAROLINA FC PLAYER TO WATCH: GK BRIAN SYLVESTRE
Only NCFC goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre can prevent Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch from taking home the 2017 saves record, and he'll get his chance on Sunday.
Facing Zayed and the Indy Eleven attack, Sylvestre has 95 saves on the year (Busch - 103) and will be responsible for preventing Indy from taking all three points on Sunday night. With plenty to play for, including securing the third place position, Sylvestre will be key in limiting Indy's opportunities.
MATCH-UP TO MARK: MF GERARDO TORRADO vs MF NAZMI ALBADAWI
As midfielder Gerardo Torrado calls full-time on an incredible career, he'll first have to face NCFC midfielder Nazmi Albadawi.
Acting on opposite ends of the spectrum, where Albadawi creates, Torrado destroys, and he'll have to hold down the flair of Albadawi's game when the pair clash in midfield on Sunday.