Keep Your Enemy Closer: Indy Eleven

May 18, 2017

MIAMI (May 18, 2017) - The Miami FC travels north, Saturday, to face Indy Eleven for the second time in two weeks. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. 

Opposite Directions
What a difference a year makes. Last season, Indy Eleven was the Spring Season champions and finished second in the NASL combined standings at the end of the year. The Miami FC finished last during the Spring, but rallied to finish in seventh place in the combined standings. 

This season has been an entirely different story for both teams. 

Indy is in sixth place, out of eight teams, and hasn’t won a game through seven played. The Eleven has drawn six and lost one, with the lone loss coming against Miami.

Miami is currently atop of the NASL table, having won four games, tied two, and lost just one. The Orange and Blue has a league-leading 12 goals scored and five-goal differential. 

Indy will head into this week’s matchup with their first win of the year in mind so they can climb out of the bottom half of the standings. Miami will look to pick up another three points and extend their lead atop of the league table.

Head to Head
The Miami FC and Indy Eleven have faced each other four times before, with Miami holding a 2-1-1 record over their opponents. 

The first matchup was during the 2016 Spring Season, a match that ended 0-0 and was relatively tame in terms of action. 

The second matchup was a 2-1 win during the 2016 Fall Season. Indy got a late goal from Eamon Zayed, but the match was already in hand for the home team. Former forward Dario Cvitanich and Ariel Martinez were the goalscorers for Miami.

The third matchup was on the road in Indy during the 2016 Fall Season. Miami fell to Indy 2-1. Current Miami midfielder Dylan Mares scored one of Indy’s two goals in that match. Vincenzo Rennella notched the only goal for Miami.

The fourth matchup took place just two weeks ago, with Miami tying a season-high three goals scored in an exciting 3-2 win. Indy lucked into an own goal and scored another goal late in the game to make things interesting, but Miami held them off well. Miami’s goalscorers were Vincenzo Rennella, Dylan Mares, and Robert Baggio Kcira. Rennella also added an assist on the Mares goal. 

Players to Watch
Justin Braun continues to dominate the NASL. The 30-year-old Utah native is tied for the league-lead in goals with four and is tied for second in assists with two. He’s also third in shot attempts. 

A danger man up front, Braun finally got on the scoresheet against Miami after failing to tally a goal in the first three matchups. He also assisted on a goal in the third matchup. Miami can’t allow him to get good opportunities and clean looks in front of goal.

Don Smart may come off the bench in most games, but he does damage when he’s on the field. Smart has come on as a substitute in two of the last three matches between Miami and Indy, and has delivered one assist in each match. Both assists were in the form of crosses. He also started the third match against Miami and notched a goal.

The first assist came last season on an Eamon Zayed finish and the second came two weeks ago with Braun as the target man. Miami must deal with Smart’s dangerous crosses and avoid them falling onto the feet of Indy’s strikers. 

Up Next
The Miami FC will return home after the match against Indy, hosting Puerto Rico FC on Puerto Rican Heritage Night. They then head to Northeast Florida, where they will take on Jacksonville Armada FC. Get your tickets now at MiamiFC.com/tickets!