In this addition of Lady Victory and Her Quest for Glory, I will be discussing Indy Eleven hosting the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday night.
PREVIEW: INDY ELEVEN v. ATLANTA SILVERBACKS
All-time series record: Indy Eleven’s record v. Atlanta, 1-2-1. (W,D,L)
6/7/14 Indy Eleven and Atlanta Silverbacks draw, 3-3, in Atlanta. Indy Eleven goals scored by; Mike Ambersley (2) and Kleberson.
8/2/14 Atlanta beat the Eleven in Indy, 4-2. Indy Eleven goals scored by, Kleberson (2).
9/6/14 Indy Eleven beat Silverbacks in Atlanta, 2-1. Indy Eleven goals scored by, Blake Smith and Jermaine Johnson.
4/4/15 Indy Eleven and Atlanta Silverbacks draw, 1-1. Indy Eleven goal scored by, Don Smart (pk).
Head Coach: Gary Smith (won MLS Cup in 2010 as Head Coach of the Colorado Rapids)
Captain: Simon Mensing
NASL fall record: 2-1-2 (W,D,L)
Position in NASL fall/combined standings: 5th/ 10th
Last game: W, 3-1 at Edmonton.
Formation: (3-5-2) GK, Ceus; CB, Mensing; RB, McKenzie; LB, Black; CM, Hughes; CM, Reed; CM, Pedro Mendes; RM, Burgos; LM, Kimura; F, Chávez, F, Pedro Mendes.
NASL fall record: 1-2-1 (W,D,L)
Position in NASL fall/combined standings: 7th/ 6th
Last game: D, 1-1 v. Cosmos.
Formation: (4-4-2) GK, Nicht; CB, Janicki; CB, Norales; RB, Franco; LB, Hyland; DM, Ring; AM, Mares; RM, Stojkov; LM, Pineda; F, Richards; F, Brown.
Goals: Dylan Mares, 3; Brian Brown, Erick Norales, 2; Sergio Peña, 2; Victor Pineda, 2; Don Smart, 2; Wojciech Wojcik, 2. Kyle Hyland, 1; Duke Lacroix, 1; Judson McKinney, 1.
Assists: Dylan Mares, 4; Brian Brown, 2; Wojciech Wojcik, 1; Charlie Rugg, 1, Dragan Stojkov, 1.
Goalkeepers: Kristian Nicht has allowed 17 goals on 31 saves and is allowing 1.30 goals per game in 13 games (all competitions). Keith Cardona has allowed 4 goals on 6 saves and is allowing on average 2 goals per game in 2 NASL games.
Goals: Jamie Chávez, 4; Shaka Bangura, 3; Junior Burgos, 1; Christopher Christian, 1; Hans Denissen, 1; Pedro Mendes, 1; Jonathan Okafor, 1; Kyle Porter, 1; Michael Reed, 1.
Assists: Jamie Chávez, 2; Junior Burgos, 2; Shaka Bangura, 1; Pedro Mendes, 1; Paul Black, 1; Simon Mensing, 1.
Goalkeepers: Steward Ceus has allowed 13 goals on 30 saves and is allowing 1.44 goals per game in 9 NASL games. Cj Cochran has allowed 7 goals on 17 saves and is allowing 1.17 goals per game in 6 NASL games
Eleven: Duke Lacroix, questionable (hip). Sergio Peña, out (foot).
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Zach Steinberger: The California native and Butler University grad returns to Indianapolis for the remainder of the fall season. Steinberger was loaned out to Indy Eleven from the Houston Dynamo who selected him in the 1st Round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. During his rookie season so far, Steinberger has played in three MLS games and logged 29 minutes. During US Open Cup play he made three appearances for the Dynamo. At Butler, Steinberger scored 14 goal and recorded 15 assists in 65 games for the Bulldogs. Steinberger was selected all conference three times while playing at Butler (Horizon, A10, BIG EAST).
Pedro Mendes: Eleven fans should be familiar with Pedro Mendes as he was one of the original players to sign for Indy Eleven during their inaugural season. The Brazilian native, was traded to Minnesota United late last year and signed with the Atlanta Silverbacks on July 8th. He rejoins the Silverbacks organization where he previously recorded 12 goals in 33 games and won the 2013 NASL Goal of the Year award. This year, Mendes has 1 goal and 1 assist to his name.
The enter ref for this match has refereed 10 MLS games this year. In those 10 games as a center ref, he has awarded 278 fouls, 44 yellow cards, and 1 red card. Expect the referee to be blowing his whistle a lot in this match.
QUESTIONS HEADING INTO SATURDAY’S MATCH:
How and/or will interim head coach Tim Regan rotate the squad with a midweek road trip to Edmonton on Wednesday and a home game next Saturday against league leaders Ottawa?
Can the Eleven utilize Dylan Mares and Brad Ring more when keeping possession and pushing forward?
How will Indy Eleven combat playing numbers down in the midfield against a Silverbacks team who likes to play 5 in the midfield?
If the Silverbacks use a 3-5-2 formation, how will Atlanta deal with Indy Eleven’s attacking options?
The Silverbacks this week loaned out midfielder, Jonathan Okafor, to Arizona United of the United Soccer League for one month.
Dylan Mares made team of the week for the second time this season after scoring against the New York Cosmos.
Jaime Chávez earned his second team of the week honor in a row after scoring two goals and one assist against Edmonton.
Silverbacks captain, Simon Mensing, was also nominated in team of the week for the second time this season.
Rumors are swirling that Indy Eleven is in the process of signing Guatemalan international Marvin Ceballos.