In this addition of Lady Victory and Her Quest for Glory, I will be recapping Indy Eleven’s previous game in Ottawa and preview the Indy Eleven v. New York Cosmos match on Saturday.
Indy Eleven comes into this week’s game on the heels of a 2-4 defeat in Ottawa against the Fury. Indy came into the game against Ottawa with the chips stacked against them as injuries only allowed the Eleven to dress sixteen of the possible eighteen roster spots. The Eleven came out strong and were only down 1-2 at halftime thanks the Don Smart’s long range strike to put the Eleven on the board. However, the wheels feel apart in the second half and Ottawa was able to find the net two more times. In addition, Corey Miller was sent off after receiving his second yellow card that resulted in a red. Miller will have to miss this match against the Cosmos because of that red card. This was the second time Ottawa has beaten the Eleven by the score line of 2-4. The first occurred at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis in May of last year. Indy Eleven allowed four or more goals for first time since last August, when Minnesota United beat Indy 1-5. The bright spot for the Eleven in this game was Judson McKinny scoring his first goal as an Indy Eleven player in his debut.
PREVIEW: INDY ELEVEN v. NEW YORK COSMOS
All-time series record
All-time series record: 0-5-0 (W,D,L)
5/24/14 Indy Eleven and New York Cosmos draw, 1-1 at Shuart Stadium. Brad Ring scored for Indy.
8/30/14 Indy Eleven and New York Cosmos draw, 2-2 at Carroll Stadium. Mike Ambersley and Jermaine Johnson scored for Indy.
10/4/14 Indy Eleven and New York Cosmos draw, 0-0 at Shuart Stadium.
4/11/15 Indy Eleven and New York Cosmos draw, 1-1 at Carroll Stadium. Brian Brown scored for Indy.
7/ /15 Indy Eleven and New York Cosmos draw, 1-1 at Shuart Stadium. Wojciech Wojcik scored for the Eleven.
The New York Cosmos will come to Indianapolis after their 11 game unbeaten streak in the league came to an end last weekend in a 0-1 loss in Jacksonville to the Armada. New York dominated the game with 20 shots- 9 of those were on frame- and were awarded 8 corners. However, 10 minutes into the second half the Armada were able to score the only goal of the game. A long ball that was sent in by Armada defender Lucas Scaglia forced Cosmos goalkeeper, Jimmy Maurer, to came off his line to contend for the ball toward the top of the eighteen yard box. Maurer and Jacksonville player Jamie Castrillón battled for the ball in the air but Casterillón was able to get underneath and send the ball over Maurer. As the ball came down Jacksonville’s own, Tommy Krizanovic, was there to ease the ball across the goal line. Jacksonville’s backup goalie Davis Sierra was able to keep New York’s fire power in check and the Cosmos suffered their first lost in the NASL this season.
Neither the Eleven nor Cosmos have been able to collect 3 points from this rivalry as each game has ended in a stalemate. Three of the previous five games between the Eleven and Cosmos have ended in a 1-1 draw. Both teams will not be at their full strength so it could be possible this game ends in another deadlock. Daniel Keller, Sergio Peña, and Brad Ring may miss this game with injuries. New York has been able to rest tired bodies and heal injuries after a 12 day break prior to their game against Jacksonville. The Cosmos will be without two players for this match. Roversio will be the only player that will miss the game against Indy with an injury while midfielder Marcos Senna will not be traveling to Indianapolis because of Visa issues. New York currently sits in last place in the fall standings. But, the Cosmos have played two fewer games than the current fall leaders, Ottawa. In addition, the Cosmos have already clinched a playoff spot by winning the spring season.
NEW YORK COSMOS:
Head Coach: Giovanni Savarese
Captain: Carlos Mendes
NASL fall record: 0-1-1 (W,D,L)
Position in NASL combined/fall table: 2nd/11th (Cosmos were awarded the first playoff spot for the season after clinching the spring championship).
Last game: L, 0-1 at Jacksonville Armada.
Formation: (4-4-2) GK, Maurer; CB, Mendes; CB, Cáceres; RB, Pérez; LB, Freeman; RM, Guenzatti Varela; LM, Restrepo; CM, Moffat; CM, Sztela; F, Raúl; F, Mkosana.
NASL fall record:
Position in NASL combined/fall table: 6th/6th
Last game: L, 2-4. Goals for the Eleven by Smart and McKinny.
Formation: (4-5-1) GK, Nicht; CB, Norales; CB, Miller; RB, Franco; LB, Hyland; RM, Richards; LM, Pineda; CM, Smart; CM, Mares; CM, Wojcik; F, Rugg.
Goals: Brian Brown, Dylan Mares, Erick Norales, Sergio Peña, Victor Pineda, Don Smart, and Wojciech Wojcik have 2 goals each. Kyle Hyland, Duke Lacroix, and Judson McKinney have 1 goal each.
Assists: Dylan Mares, 4; Brian Brown, 2; Wojciech Wojcik, 1; Charlie Rugg, 1.
Goalkeepers: Kristian Nicht is averaging 0.75 goals per game in 12 games (all competitions). Nicht has allowed 16 goals on 32 saves. Keith Cardona is averaging 2 goals per game in 2 NASL games. Cardona has allowed 4 goals on 6 saves.
Goals: Raúl, 4; Fernandes, 3; Mkosana, 3; Mendes, 2; Chirishian, 1; Flores Mejía, Restrepo Rodrigues de Barros, and Senna have 1 goal each.
Assists: Restrepo, 3; Ayoze, 2; Fernandes, 2; Szetela, 1; Mkosana, 1; Diosa, 1:
Goalkeepers: Jimmy Maurer is averaging 0.92 goals per game in 12 NASL games. Maurer has allowed 11 goals on 32 saves.
Eleven: Brad Ring, adductor. Daniel Keller, left quad strain. Sergio Peña has not appeared for the Eleven since coming off the field against Ottawa in May.
Cosmos: Roversio out.
Credit: Cosmos injury report via Ej Garr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Dane Richards: The Jamaican international was sent out on loan from the New York Red Bulls to Indy Eleven on July . He made his debut for the Eleven this past weekend in Ottawa as the right outside midfielder. Richards was drafted by the Red Bulls in 2007. This year Richards has made 12 appearances for the Red Bulls. Indy Eleven now has three Jamaican’s on their current roster.
Lucky Mkosana: Besides having the best first name in the league, Lucky has had a solid season in the NASL thus far, recording 3 goals and 1 assist. Before singing with the Cosmos this year, Lucky spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rowdies where he scored 9 goals in 34 games.
QUESTIONS HEADING INTO SATURDAY’S MATCH:
How will the Eleven and Cosmos respond after suffering their first loss of the fall season?
How will Indy Eleven’s back line look after Corey Miller received a red card in Indy’s last game against Ottawa?
Will the ‘Boy’s in Blue’ come out with a 4-5-1 formation as they did against Ottawa or will the Eleven be more aggressive at home against the best in the league?
Dane Richards will be making his home debut for Indy Eleven.
Ayoze has signed a contract extension with the New York Cosmos. The defender has started 10 games for the Cosmos this year, recording 2 assists and 3 cautions.