Sunday, August 21, 2022

Indy Eleven vs FC Tulsa - 09.24


- Opponent: FC Tulsa
- Location: ONEOK Field
- Attendance: 5,082
- Final Score: 1-0 L

- Starting XI: Trilk, Timmer, Vazquez, Jerome, Ayoze (C), Brown, Rebellon, Ingram, Aguilera, Asante, Pinho
- Substitution: Hackshaw 21' (Ayoze); Tejada 66' (Aguilera); Dambrot 86' (Rebellon); Rivera 86' (Ingram)

- Unused: Lewis, Cochran, Vostal

- Scoring Summary:
TUL - Ramirez 90’ (assist Torres)

- Bookings:
TUL - Diz Pe 28’ (Yellow)
TUL - Bird 33' (Yellow)
TUL - Powder 74' (Yellow)
IND - Hackshaw 80' (Yellow)
IND - Tejada 84' (Yellow)
TUL - Ramirez 90'+1' (Yellow)

- Referee: Elton GarcĂ­a
- Adage goals: One

Thoughts and Opinions

There's usually a point in the season where I have no motivation to discuss a game. This is that point. I didn't even watch it live. Spent the evening catching up with friends. Based on the way the game finished, I made the right decision. 

Indy absolutely needs every single point, and more wins, to make this season feel like they salvaged something from this unfathomable downturn in results. Yet, Indy gave up a 90th minute goal to lose by a one-goal differential for the TENTH time this season, including 6 of them in this now 12-game winless streak. With the upcoming games against the #1 rated team in each conference, the Western Conference's San Antonio on Saturday and the Eastern Conference's Louisville City next Wednesday, and the way that results have gone, there is a very real possibility that Indy will go the entire months of June, July, and August without getting a win. Would it surprise anybody if Indy went well into September before getting another win with games against Detroit (7th in the East) on the road, Birmingham (4th in the East), and on the road to Monterrey Bay before coming home to play against somebody with a worse record than them in Loudoun (and that's just barely worse...). 

Indy need a win in the worst way, but the shots aren't falling and the defensive mistakes keep happening. On the Tulsa goal, Vazquez did the below lunging defensive effort; late and completely ineffective. Timmer let Torres get goal side of him. Dambrot let Ramirez get goal side of him. Bounces go Tulsa's way, and Indy's slide continues. 

I honestly don't know how this winless streak ends.

The Game Beckons Game Ball
I just can't.

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