Saturday, March 19, 2022

Indy Eleven vs Tampa Bay Rowdies - 09.02


- Opponent: Tampa Bay Rowdies
- Location: Al Lang Stadium
- Attendance: 5,192
- Final Score: 2-0 L

- Starting XI: Panicco, Timmer, Jerome, Ouimette, Hackshaw (C), Rebellon, Law, Fjeldberg, Powder, Aguilera, Pinho
- Substitutions: Briggs 67' (Rebellon); Brown 74' (Pinho); Ingram 74' (Law)
- Unused: Trilk, Cochran, Warhaft, Ault

- Scoring Summary:
TBR - Tejada 1' (assist Guenzatti)
TBR - La Cava 51' (assist Tejada)

- Bookings:
TBR - Scarlett 11' (Yellow)
IND - Aguilera 18', 59' (Yellow + Yellow = RED)
TBR - Wyke 39' (Yellow)
TBR - Guillen 45'+2' (Yellow)
IND - Pinho 53' (Yellow)
TBR - Etou 76' (Yellow)

- Referee: Jeremy Scheer
- Adage goals: One

Thoughts and Opinions

THIRTY-SIX SECONDS. It took 36 seconds for Indy Eleven to be playing from behind. Amazingly, by my records, that's only the third fastest goal given up by Indy in their history. In 2014, Indy let Fort Lauderdale score in 28 seconds, and last year, Indy let Atlanta United score in 10 seconds. Indy, eventually, settled into the game a bit, but as was stated on the broadcast, the "speed of play, just miles apart at the moment."

For the second time in two games, the announcers for the games have stated that Mark Lowry has said that he isn't as concerned about the "aesthetics" of how Indy plays. That's probably a good idea to get into the Indy Eleven's ear holes, because at this point in the season, the aesthetics are a bit rough. They remain compact in defense, but there continue to be poor passes, questionable decisions, and no significant pressure moving forward. In some ways, this looks exactly like what Indy fans saw last year under Martin Rennie. 

Indy finished the first half with TBR holding a 70% to 30% advantage in possession and with a 4 to 0 advantage in shots on goal. If it wasn't for two late shots on goal by Indy, those percentages and differences would have remained the same.

The second half didn't look any different. Tampa picked up a second goal, early in the half and Indy looked stagnant afterwards. No intensity moving forward. Minimal possession. Just two late shots on goal.

Once the second yellow card was presented to Aguilera in the 59th minute, Indy had no chance in this game. Indy went an entire season last year without getting a player getting thrown out of a game, but Indy is two for two this season, as Aguilera joins McQueen as players to make their way to the locker room early. 

Two shots on goal; both in the closing minutes with one in the 84th minute and the other in the 88th minute from a corner kick. Tampa Bay had a >92% success rate on their passes.

I don't know what else to say about this game. For the second week in a row, Indy was completely outclassed, nearly in all positions. The team that I thought we would see this season is not the team that we are seeing so far. Again, in some ways, this feels like an extension of the Rennie era, and that isn't necessarily a good thing.

This is a new group of guys and so the typical, "it's going to take time to gel" mentality is true, but next week in Louisville has all the signs of an 0-3 start for Indy to start this season.

The Game Beckons Game Ball

I could give this to Panicco again, but I'll spread the wealth a little. You know what, I can't give it to anybody but Panicco. I can't look at how the game went and the player stats and really think of another player that deserves it more. GBGB by default maybe, but for a guy that I don't think had many minutes with the team during preseason, he has looked good.

Closing Thought
Congratulations to Karl Ouimette for being the first player in Indy Eleven club history to reach the Century Club in starts. 

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