Indy Looks For Three Points; Atlanta Looks to Continue Road Form

Indy Eleven vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Major Themes:

  • The Silverbacks have improved their form since the start of fall. A road trip through Canada yielded a loss in Ottawa due to a shaky penalty call and a surprisingly dominant 3-1 win in Edmonton. They will look to capitalize on their strong play on the road as they travel to Indy.
  • With only one win in their four fall matches, Indy looks to secure a win at home. After forcing (yet another) draw with the Cosmos and a loss to Ottawa, Indy will look to bring home before going back on the road.

In Their Last Meeting:

Indy found some luck (and a point) as Don Smart converted a 90th minute penalty to negate a 47th minute Shaka Bangura goal and force the draw.

 

Keep An Eye On:

  • Dane Richards and Brian Brown (IND). The two Jamaicans formed a strike partnership last week that kept the Cosmos on a back foot and almost found the net on a few occasions. With their speed and tactical understanding, they will surely keep the Atlanta back line under pressure.
  • Corey Miller (IND). Returning from suspension, Indy will depend on strong play and leadership from the center back with personnel adjustments on the back line.
  • Jaime Chavez (ATL). With three goals and an assist in the fall, Jaime is beginning to look more like last year when he led the club in goals.
  • Junior Burgos (ATL). The mid-season pick-up has already made an immediate impact with his goal and two assists this fall. His ability to help create chances will be what the Silverbacks need against a tough Indy defense.

You Won’t Notice:

  • Dylan Mares. The Indy midfielder, leading the club with three goals and four assists, will be missed as he is out for 4-6 weeks due to meniscus surgery. The threat he poses will be difficult to replace.
  • Erick Norales. The defender, who habitually appears on the league’s team of the week, committed a stupid foul last week with a headbutt on New York’s Sebastian Guenzatti. Against a surging Atlanta team, his ejection last week places more pressure on Miller to hold the line.
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