Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Indy Eleven vs Scorpions - 01.15

- Opponent: San Antonio Scorpions
- Location: San Antonio, Texas
- Attendance: 7,847
- Final Score: 2-0 L
- Starting XI: Nicht (Captain), Stone, Frias, Estridge, Hyland, Smart, Kleberson, Smith, Pena, Pineda, Ambersley
- Substitutions: Ring 46' (Stone), Mendes 66' (Pineda), Mares 74' (Ring)
- Goals: None
- Bookings: Pineda 33' (Yellow), Mares 82' (Yellow), Estridge 90' (Yellow)

Another game "watched" via Twitter because I'm a dad with kids who are gymnasts and have to choose where to spend my money.  They get it, NASLLive does not.  Welcome to fatherhood.

So what I "saw" was another game where the team gave up the first goal forcing them to play from behind.  Followed by another goal ten minutes later and the team had a half-time deficit of two goals. 

What I also saw was what I believe is the most lopsided possession of the entire year as the Eleven held 62% of the possession.  That may have been helped by the Scorpions losing a man to a red card in the 57th minute in a similar fashion to how the Eleven lost Johnson on Wednesday, but that is still very one-sided.  In much the same way that the Eleven were able to fight through their one-man disadvantage on Wednesday, the Scorpions were equally up to the task of keeping the Eleven from scoring.  So winning possession doesn't mean winning the game, but it's good to see they were seemingly able to control the play for large chunks of time.

So while not being able to get on the scoreboard for the second straight game, the team also lost Brad Ring to injury after playing less than 30 minutes in the second half.  The rest of the bad news is that the team heads to Minnesota, the Spring Season Champs who haven't lost their winning ways now that they're in the Fall Season.  The good news is that in two weeks they get to stay home and try their hand at beating Ottawa, who have had a rough Fall Season.

Hopefully, I'm just feeling a little pessimistic about the team's chances this weekend and the team finds their way home from Minnesota with another win.

Sidenote: I like the Scorpion's Toyota Field from the photos I've seen of the stadium.  They have taken a phased approach to their stadium, but it looks like what they have done is done really well.  Including the benches for the teams...  Think the team would rather be sitting in these instead of the benches at #TheMike?

1 comment:

Don said...

I love the "bench", nice!!!

Money has to go to the kids first. Trust me, I know.