Thursday, May 1, 2014

Indy Eleven vs Strikers - 01.03

- Opponent: Fort Lauderdale Strikers
- Location: Fort Lauderdale
- Attendance: 3,515
- Final Score: 3-2 (loss)
- Starting XI: Nicht (Captain), Frias, Norales, Hyland, Okiomah, Ring, Kleberson, Ramirez, Mares, Mendes, Ambersley
- Substitutions: Spencer (Mendes), Smart (Mares), Moore (Okiomah)
- Goals: Kleberson (26'), Norales (90')
- Bookings: Mendes (21'), Kleberson (42'), Hyland (78'), Norales (90')

It would have been nice to see the team wearing their red jerseys, but unless you were one of the 3,515 people sitting in Lockhart Stadium, you didn't get to see this game as the NASL Live Feed was nothing but a colorful pattern of vertical bars.  I haven't paid into this service so I followed the game via the @IndyElevenLive twitter feed, which did a really good job of providing updates throughout the game.  Since that was the way that I "watched" the game, and likely all of the away games, I can't speak to whether my previous concerns of the team not looking in sync was improved or if they still had those moments. 

What I can speak to is the XI's continuing trend of beating the hell out of the woodwork.  Kleberson once again hit the frame, just minutes after Ben Spencer hit the cross bar.  They guys are finding shots and a few inches separates them from a goal and an 0-1-2 record. I believe that they are also nearly even on possession for all three games this season, which I suppose helps makes sense of two ties and a 3-2 loss.

You know, I don't know what kind of analysis I can give for a game that I read about through Twitter.  I do continue to like the team's fight, especially after going down 3-1.  Though they may have fought a bit too much.  After keeping everybody clear of getting a card in the first two games, four different guys were shown a yellow card in this one.  So hopefully they can keep the fire, but back it off just a smidge so that nobody ends up watching from the sidelines unnecessarily.

It was also nice to see that after three weeks into the season, defender Norales continues to find his way into scoring positions and also making his way onto the NASL Team of the Week for the third week in a row.

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