Monday, July 10, 2017

Indy Eleven vs Cosmos - 04.15

- Opponent: New York Cosmos
- Location: Indianapolis
- Attendance: 8,748
- Final Score: 2-1 W
- Starting XI: Busch, Franco, Falvey, Keller, Vukovic, Ring, Smart, Speas, Ubiparipovic, Braun, Zayed
- Substitutions: Goldsmith 78' (Smart), Palmer 85' (Speas), Henderson 90' (Ubiparipovic)
- Unused: Cardona, Lomeli, Thompson, Ables
- Goals: Smart 17' (PK), Braun 75' (assist Vukovic)
- Bookings: None
- Adage goals: None

For only the 2nd time in the history of the Eleven, I was not in attendance for a home game. I will also likely not be able to watch the game before next week's Spring Season finale against Jacksonville. So instead of trying to write something that pretends like I know how the game truly went, I'm going to point out a couple things that surprised me while looking at the statistics without having any preconceived notion of what the statistics would/could tell me.

The Eleven reduced their number of offside calls, which is something I've been critical about lately. Fewer offside calls means more opportunities.

The Eleven are being credited with 117 passes, which jumped off the screen at me. That is way beyond their normal average of just over 300 passes per game. Having not seen the game, I had to wonder about the accuracy of the stat or if they really did have that few passes.

Similarly, for a guy that has made 20 saves over the preceding three games, Busch wasn't credited with a single save. Given that I can see in the game highlights that he parried away a free kick, it further makes me question the NASL/Opta Stats.

Lastly, the stats show the Eleven had 3 tackles and the Cosmos had 1 tackle. Not buying it... not in this series.

So I'm not sure that I can trust any stats from this game except for the score. Given that the Eleven need wins to get some momentum going into the Fall Season, that's really the only one that matters right now.


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