Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Indy Eleven vs New York Red Bulls II - 06.06

- Opponent: New York Red Bulls II
- Location: Montclair, New Jersey
- Attendance: 542
- Final Score: 2-1 L
- Starting XI: Newton, Hackshaw, Crognale, Barrett (C), Ayoze, Matern, Gibson, King, Enevoldsen, Kelly, Pasher
- Substitutions: Watson 64' (Pasher); Walker 69' (Matern); Do-Heon 86' (King)
- Unused: Farr, Farias, Ouimette, Diakhate
- Goals: Kelly 13'
- Bookings: King 59' (Yellow - lead to Penalty Kick for NYRBII)
- Referee: David Barrie
- Adage goals: None

For reasons I don't want to go into, I'm going to keep this basic.

If you employ the Rennie Bunker(TM) against one of the highest scoring teams the past two years, you better not make mistakes. And not give them 28 cracks at the goal.

If you employ the Rennie Bunker(TM) against a high pressing team who wants to get the ball back quickly so that they can resume their attack-minded soccer, you better complete your passes when you counter. 63.1% isn't going to get it done. Particularly when you're blasting 27% of your passes (103 of 379) of the long pass variety.

There are a lot of things that go into how a game progresses, but those two stats jumped out at me after watching the game.

The Game Beckons Game Ball

Kelly. He had a chance, made a defender make a mistake, and put a shot over the outstretched goalkeeper. Confidence breeds confidence and he's starting to show it in spades right now.

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