Keep Your Enemy Closer: Indy Eleven

Aug 10, 2017

MIAMI (August 10, 2017) - The Miami FC plays its third-consecutive home match on Saturday, August 12, hosting Indy Eleven for the second time this season.

Road Warriors
Indy Eleven is unbeaten in their last four away matches, having drawn two and won two. The two draws came against the second and third place teams in the NASL, the San Francisco Deltas and the New York Cosmos. 

Its recent impressive spell on the road is a far cry from the 0-3-2 away record it accumulated prior to June. Surely, Indy has found something that works away from home.

Overall, Indy has won five out of its last seven matches. Though it stumbled last week against FC Edmonton at home, Indy is undoubtedly finding its form.

South Florida Struggles
Miami owns a 3-1-1 all-time series lead over Indy. Indy has struggled to get anything going against their Sunshine State rivals. 

Indy's lone win came at home during September of last season, and it's been outscored by four goals in the three losses to Miami. 

The Orange and Blue and Indy have already played twice this season, and Miami easily came away the victor in both matches. A late Justin Braun goal made the first one appear close at 3-2, but the second encounter was a lopsided 2-0 win where Miami dominated.

Indy will look to exact some revenge and get some points back on Saturday night. 

Players to Watch
Justin Braun
 is a one-man wrecking crew as the target man in Indy's offensive attack. 

Braun is tied for third in the NASL with seven goals and second in assists with four. He also ranks sixth in total shots with 32. 

Coming off a 2016 season in which he was tied for eighth in goals with eight and ninth in assists with five, Braun has taken his game to a new level in 2017.

The 30-year-old appears to be getting better with age, and Miami must be wary of his presence after he scored in their first matchup of the season.

Nemanja Vukovic might be listed as a defender, but he's truly positionless. 

The left back roams freely between defense and offense, and can provide moments of brilliance in attack.

During last week's match against FC Edmonton, Vukovic uncorked a picture-perfect free kick that curled into the upper 90.

Vukovic's adeptness from set pieces and his willingness to get forward often should be in the back of Miami players' minds on Saturday. 

Up Next
The Miami FC goes on a three-match road trip, beginning on Tuesday, August 15 with a midweek showdown against North Carolina FC. The Orange and Blue then travels to Jacksonville and Puerto Rico to take on the cities' respective teams.