Pinho and Mares steal the show in Indy
Indy Eleven came into Saturday’s match just five points back of the final playoff spot with three games left. Although the odds were stacked against the Eleven, hope still remained. Miami FC destroyed those hopes early in the game as they were on a mission to clinch home field advantage during the entire duration of the NASL playoffs.
Miami opened their scoring account in the fourth minute as a long through ball went past Indy’s midfield and back line, finding Jamie Chavez inside the eighteen. A quick heal flick by Chavez to Stefano Pinho put Miami up 1-0. As the match settled in and Indy created scoring opportunities, Miami put another goal past the Eleven in the thirty-fourth minute. Hunter Freeman’s ball over the top on the right flank found Chavez, who played an easy ball across the box finding Pinho once more. Miami closed their scoring account in the thirty-seventh minute when former Indy Eleven play maker, Dylan Mares finished off a short pass from Poku making it 3-0. Although the Eleven played with spirit in the second half, the deficit was too much to climb out of and Miami’s three first half goals was the difference.
Now that the Eleven are eliminated from postseason play, the focus will be on finishing a rocky season on a positive note with two games left. The Eleven have the potential to take max points from both games and send fans into the offseason with high hopes for 2018. The Eleven will host Puerto Rico F.C. next Saturday. Originally a home match for Puerto Rico but since Hurricane Maria hit, PRFC has been forced to play all of their matches on the road. Some of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Carmelo Anthony Puerto Rico Relief Fund. The ten time NBA All-Star owns PRFC.
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