WELL, THAT’S DONE:
Unbeaten through 13 games. That’s over with now. A notch in the belt, perhaps, but no more. Supporters and players alike will move on to bigger and better goals. First up: become the first team to ever win both the NASL Spring and Fall seasons. After that: win the 2016 NASL Championship.
The Eleven must also put behind them a prior 1-1 draw with Edmonton at Carroll Stadium earlier this year. Having grown accustomed to winning at home, Indy will find it challenging to do so this Saturday. FC Edmonton is currently tied with the Eleven on the Fall table at third place and seven points while also occupying third in the Combined table, right behind Indy. A club that currently looks quite worthy of the playoffs, the test is much the same as last week against Minnesota: prove yourself.
KEYS FOR THE ELEVEN:
That Back Line: This is not the usual suspect. But last week saw our back four bested to the tune of two goals. Jon Busch has been as stalwart of a Brick Wall as The BYB could ask for, more consistency is simply needed from the defenders in front of him. The return of captain Colin Falvey may be just what they need. Having participated fully in training this week, Falvey could dress for the game and–though we shouldn’t expect him to start–a second half substitution is possible.
Playing Our Way: If the draw at The Mike earlier in the year is any indication, Edmonton will want to slow Indy down and frustrate their movements. As expected, the addition of Torrado proved a great asset in ball movement last week against Minnesota and his first start against Edmonton will be timely. Accurate, short-to-medium passing will win out in the end, as long as the Eleven do not allow themselves to become frustrated by Edmonton’s organizational skills and give in to the long ball.
Edmonton midfielder, Jake Keegan, is in great form and a key part of the Eddie’s attack. But Indy has developed a reputation for shutting down opposing stars. If they can physically trade blows while keeping up a penetrating attack they will overwhelm Edmonton in victory.
Head Coach: Colin Miller
Captain: Albert Watson
NASL record: 7-3-3
NASL Combined table: 3rd on 24 points.
NASL fall table: 4th on 7 points.
Previous game: W, 1-0 against Ottawa Fury FC
NASL record: 6-7-1
NASL Combined table: 2nd on 25 points.
NASL fall table: 3rd on 7 points.
Previous game: L, 0-2 v. Minnesota United.
Formation: (4-4-2) GK, Busch; CB, Cory Miller; CB, Greg Janicki; RB, Lovell Palmer; LB, Nemanja Vukovic; CM, Brad Ring; CM, Gerardo Torrado; RM, Dylan Mares; LM, Omar Gordon, F, Éamon Zayed; F, Justin Braun.
Colin Falvey (hamstring) probable. Jair Reinoso (leg) probable. Duke Lacroix (ankle) out. Neil Shaffer (adductor) out.