Monday, September 22, 2014

Indy Eleven vs Strikers - 01.21

- Opponent: Fort Lauderdale Strikers
- Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Attendance: 3,112
- Final Score: 2-1 L
- Starting XI: Nicht, Frias, Miller, Okiomah, Kleberson (Captain), Corrado, Johnson, Smith, Pena, Pineda, Jhulliam
- Substitutions: Mares 45' (Pena), Ambersley (Jhulliam 65'), Smart 77' (Kleberson)
- Goals: Frias 39' (assist Miller)
- Bookings: Kleberson 75' (Yellow), Frias 77' (Yellow)

Twenty-eight seconds.  TWENTY-EIGHT SECONDS!  That takes the "adage" goal to an entirely new and disheartening level.  Remember when we were kids playing pickup games with the neighborhood kids and would have to spot them a goal or two because they weren't as good as us, but we really wanted to play and that was the only way they would agree to it.  Yeah, the Eleven need to stop thinking they're playing against the little kids in the neighborhood.  It's not working out too well.

I don't know what else to say about this game that the IndyElevenLive Twitter feed didn't say in two succinct tweets.
Half Stats:
Shots - FTL 9 IND 5
Saves - FTL 0 IND 3
Corners - FTL 5 IND 5
Fouls - FTL 5 IND 6
Offside - FTL 2 IND 0

Final Stats:
Shots: FTL 14 IND 10
Saves: FTL 2 IND 5
Corners: FTL 7 IND 5
Fouls: FTL 10 IND 15
Offside: FTL 4 IND 1

There were some good moments in the game for the Eleven, but even the highlights video below (from the Indy Eleven YouTube channel) felt like it had a lot more Strikers highlights than Eleven highlights.  The Eleven were beaten and it started in less than 30 seconds from the opening whistle.

I need somebody else to confirm it for me, but I believe that with Jhulliam's addition to the starting lineup on Saturday in place of Ambersley, Coach Sommer has used the same starting eleven in back-to-back games only once; games #1 and #2, way back in April.  Ambersley's removal from the starting lineup also means that Nicht is the lone player to have started every single game this season.  However, Ambersley and Smart were substituted in during the second half, so their streak of consecutively played games remains active and remain as the only three players to have played in every single game.  I have to wonder if some consistency in the lineup would have helped this season.


1 comment:

Don said...

I really wish I could ask the coach how sitting one of the players (Ambersley) who seems to always give 100%, while one who always seems to have his head somewhere besides the game (Frias), makes sense.

I know, they play different positions, so I understand that you can't put Ambersley in Frias's position, but it seems the harder you work, the less reward there is in it.