Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Indy Eleven vs Michigan Bucks - 2017 U.S. Open Cup

- Opponent: Michigan Bucks
- Location: Pontiac, Michigan
- Attendance: ??
- Final Score: 1-0 L
- Starting XI: Cardona, Palmer, Manning, Watson-Siriboe, Vukovic, Plumhoff, Keller, Ring, Thompson, Braun, Goldsmith
- Substitutions: Speas 46' (Keller), Franco 66' (Plumhoff)
- Unused: Lomeli, Poltronieri
- Goals: None
- Bookings: Manning 88' (Yellow)
- Adage goals: None

I was going to put my normal effort into this game, but the Eleven didn't, so I'm not. If you want to consider this the Eleven's "B" team, fine. Professional "B" teams SHOULDN'T LOSE TO AMATEURS! Yeah, I know. The Cosmos lost to Reading United.

Professional "B" teams SHOULDN"T LOSE TO AMATEURS!

The Bucks clearly read the scouting report. Or my recent posts. Indy's offense goes as Braun goes. As a result, Braun routinely found himself surrounded by a clash of Bucks with nowhere to go but go without the ball. The Eleven managed some shots, even a couple off the woodwork, but the Bucks always had numbers behind the ball. They had a plan and it worked.

Michigan parked the bus in the second half. There was always at least 10 players behind the ball through most of the half and countered quickly and effectively.

It was nice being able to watch the game, but watching the feed must be what it's like for my grandmother to watch games. Slow to react to the speed of play and always a little blurry.

Oh yeah, professional teams SHOULDN'T LOSE TO AMATEURS!

1 comment:

Jeff C. said...

This was embarrassing. Will the Eleven ever win again? It feels like we're back in the bleak last days of Jurgen Sommer.