5/7/21 Indy 11 Home Opener 7 pm MyIndy TV+ESPN+, NWSL Final Sat 1 pm CBS, 2 American’s to UCL Final, Big TV Games

Indy 11

The Indy 11 kicks off their home schedule this Saturday night at 7 pm vs Tulsa at the Mike and on MyIndy TV 23. Due to stadium limitations only season ticket holders will be allowed in for the games in May –- with hopes that will change in June. I will be there !!  Season Tix start at just $10 per game and are still Available.   Indy 11 wins opener 1-0 at Birmingham as GK Jordan Farr slots clean sheet.

What’s New with Indy 11- Lots – Indy Star Kevin Johnson

MLS

Its Derby weekend as El Traffico LAFC vs LA Galaxy Sat at 8 pm on FOX and Seattle vs Portland 3 pm Sun on ABC – lead the way.  Just 2 weeks ago I bragged about MLS and how far they have come in the CCL – of course 3 Mexican teams knocked out Portland/Seattle/Columbus this week leaving just the Philly Union in the Final 4. Assuming Carlos Vela is healthly for LAFC – this should be a huge game as he matches up against the leading scorer in MLS – Chicarito for the LA Galaxy. 

NWSL Challenge Cup Final Sat 1 pm CBS

After four weeks of play, the Portland Thorns will host NJ/NY Gotham FC on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on CBS in the second iteration of the NWSL Challenge Cup. And thanks to loosening COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon, the stadium will host around 3,800 fans, giving the Thorns an extra home-field advantage boost. Both teams enter the Cup final undefeated, but the Thorns are the stronger squad. In the group qualifying stage, they notched three wins and a draw (aka tie) to win the West division. On the other hand, Gotham FC won two and drew two on their way to the top of the East and haven’t scored since their second match. Portland has the upper hand, especially with legendary players like Lindsey Horan and Christine Sinclair on the roster. But if Gotham striker Midge Purce, who’s already scored twice, can find the net again, or Carli Lloyd hits paydirt they’ll have a good chance to stun the favorites.

Champions League – 2 Americans in Final

I will start by saying I was livid when American Christian Pulisic did not start for Chelsea vs Real Madrid.  Yes he had a yellow card – but he was clearly the best player on the field in the first leg scoring the only the away goal for Chelsea at Real Madrid.  So he starts him on the bench of course.  70 Minutes in Pulisic FINALLY entered and was the most electric player over the last 25 minutes.  He ran at the back line and finally connected with Mason Mount for the game clinching 2nd goal to put the game away.  That’s 2 of the 3 goals Chelsea scored in about 90 minutes of play over 2 legs.  So we will now have an American – in fact 2 American’s (Pulisic and Man City’s Backup goalie Zach Steffan) in a EUFA Cup final for the first time ever.  This is the Superbowl of Soccer – top 2 teams in the world – and we have a chance for an American to start and possibly score in the biggest club game in Soccer on May 29th on CBS.  Oh and the job Tuechel has done at Chelsea (other than not starting Pulisic EVERY GAME) has been brilliant.  In 3 short months he has made Chelsea a defensive jugernaght and coaxed some semblance of offense out of team that was just average for former manager Frank Lampard.   They were far the better team vs Real Madrid – 13 time champion – they dominated what was the best midfield in the world – and the #6 Nagolo Kante showed he’s the best #6 in the World again.  Kante was man of the match again – as he dominated the middle and launched the Chelsea counter attack time after time – after winning the ball deep.  Interesting match-up with Man City who will be playing their first ever title.  Chelsea becomes the first team ever to send their Men’s and Women’s teams to the European Club Finals. 

GAMES to WATCH This Weekend

Big news that Fox Sports added the Copa America Cup to its soccer TV line-up this summer and over the next 6 years along with South American Mens and Womens games – adding Argentina, Brazil and all the South American teams to the TV audience in the US will be cool – just when I had given up on Fox Sports and soccer. Bravo !

Games on Network TV galore this weekend !!  American’s Reyna for Dortmund and Adams for RB Leipzig square off at 9:30 am on Saturday on ESPN as Dortmund is desperately looking to climb back into the top 4 (just 2 points back).  Barcelona and Sergenio Dest will host Atletico Madrid at 10:15 am on beIN Sport looking to take the lead in La Liga as the top 2 teams battle with a few games left.  Chelsea and Pulisic will host Champions League Final opponent Man City at 12:30 on NBC and the Blues need the points to stay in 4th and to keep Man City from winning the EPL at Stanford Bridge. The NWSL Challenge Cup Final follows at 1 pm on CBS Saturday with the Portland Thorns and a host of USWNT players hosting Carli Lloyd and NY/NJ Gotham FC.  MLS takes over at 6 pm with Orlando City vs NYCFC, and El TrafficoLAFC vs LA Galaxy at 8 pm of Fox.  Of course our Indy 11 play Tulsa at 7 pm on My IndyTV and ESPN+.  Sunday on ABC at 3 pm MLS’ best rivalry the Portland Timbers will host Seattle Sounders right after Inter Miami hosts Atlanta United at 1 pm.  Not sure why Juventus and American Weston McKinney hosting AC Milan with 4th and Champions League at stake in Italy is not on ESPN at 2:45 pm – its on ESPN+ instead.  (ESPN is just clueless on Italian Serie A coverage – they never show good games on the networks – truly clueless.  American’s on TV this weekend

Congrats to The Indiana Hoosiers who won their first 2 NCAA tourney games and will play Seton Hall in the Quarter Finals Monday at 5 pm on ESPN3.   The No. 3-ranked Indiana men’s soccer program (9-1-1) earned the third overall seed and a first-round bye.  NCAA Bracket

Ed Sheeran – yes the Singer has signed on as shirt sponsor of his hometown club in England –Shape of You: Sheeran becomes Ipswich shirt sponsor

HUGE CONGRATS to Former Carmel FC and CHS Coach Carla Baker who was recently inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame!  Here’s a CHS profile on Carla from a few months back.   

GAMES ON TV

Sat, May 8

7:30 am NBCSN           Leeds United vs Tottenham

9:30 am ESPN             Dortmund (Reyna) vs RB Leipzig (Adams)

9:30 am ESPN+           Wolfsburg (Brooks) vs Union Berlin

10:15 am beIN Sport Barcelona vs Atletico

12:30 pm NBC               Man City vs Chelsea (Pulisic)

1 pm CBS                     Portland ThornsFC (Dunn, Horan, Sauerbrunn, Smith) vs NY/NJ Gothem FC NWSL Challenge Cup Champ

3:!5 pm Peacock                Liverpool vs Southampton

6 pm ESPN                          Orlando City vs New York City FC  

7  pm ESPN+, Myindy TV      Indy 11 vs FC Tulsa

8 pm Fox                     LA Galaxy vs LAFC – El Traffico

Sun, May 9

10:15 am Peacock             Aston Villa vs Man United 

11:30 am NBCSN              West Ham vs Everton 

1 pm ABC                            Inter Miami vs Atlanta United 

2 pm NBC                            Arsenal vs West Brom  

2:45 pm ESPN+           Juventus (McKinney) vs AC Milan (Zlatan)

3 pm ABC                    Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders

3 pm beIN Sport                 Real Madrid vs Sevilla 

7:30 pm FS1                       Sporting KC vs Austin FC

Tues, May 11 

1 pm NBCSN               Man United vs Leicester

4 pm beIN Sport                Levante v Barcelona (Dest)  

Weds, May 12

3:15 NBCSN                        Chelsea (Pulisic) vs Arsenal  

2:45 pm ESPN2                  Sassuolo vs Juventus (McKinney)

10:30 pm ESPN+                San Jose vs Seattle Sounders

Thurs, May 13

2:45 pm ESPN2                 RB Leipzig (Adams) vs Dortmund (Reyna) DFB Portal  

3:15 NBCSN                        Man United vs Liverpool

8 pm ESPN+                        DC United vs Chicago Fire  

Fri, May 14

3 NBCSN                              New Castle vs Man City  

Sat, May 15

7:30 am NBCSN                  Leeds United vs Burnley

10:00 am Peacock             Man United  vs Fulham (Robinson)

9:30 am ESPN+                  Wolfsburg (Brooks) vs Union Berlin

12 noon ESPN+           Juventus (McKinney) vs Inter Milan

12:30 pm ESPN+           Leicester vs Chelsea (Pulisic)  FA Cup Final

4  pm ESPN+                       LA Galaxy vs Austin FC

8 pm ESPN2                        Tampa Bay Rowies vs Phoenix Rising USL

Sun, May 16

6 am ESPN2                       Fiorentina vs Napoli

9 am NBCSN                      Tottenham vs Wolverhampton

11:30 am NBCSN              West Brom vs Liverpool                   

2:30 pm ESPN+                 RB Liepzig (Adams) vs Wolfsburg (Brooks)

4 pm Fox                     Cincy vs Inter Miami (stadium reveal)  

6 pm ESPN2                New England vs Columbus Crew

3 pm beIN Sport                 Real Madrid vs Sevilla 

9:30 pm FS                  Seattle Sounders vs LAFC

MLS Schedule

NWSL Season TV Schedule

 

Indy 11 home opener Sat Night 7 pm @ Mike

What’s New with Indy 11- Lots – Indy Star Kevin Johnson

·      INDY ELEVEN HOSTS FC TULSA FOR 2021 SEASON OPENER

·      RECAP | INDY ELEVEN CLAIMS VICTORY IN SEASON OPENER AT BIRMINGHAM LEGION

Gallery: Eleven fend off Legion in season opener for both clubs – Soctakes.com
INDY 11 BYB Spot

2021 New Roster

InDY ELEVEN SCORES “OFFICIAL SPORTS BETTING PARTNER” IN BETRIVERS

Season Tix Available

USL League Standings

NWSL Finals Sat 1 pm CBS

Final Preview

Behind the philosophical revolution of the Portland Thorns and Meghan Klingenberg
15-year-old soccer player sues NWSL over age restrictions

Report: NWSL expansion team to move from Sacramento to San Diego

WSL Chelsea can win Title Sunday at 9:30 on NBCSN

NWSL Season TV Schedule

MLS


El Trafico LA showdown, Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders Cascadia 
Derby Highlight MLS Weekend
Portland Timbers fall to Club Amèrica, eliminated from CONCACAF Champions League

Club America, Monterrey advance in CONCACAF Champions League

Union’s Jim Curtin blasts Atlanta United’s Gabriel Heinze after CCL win

 

Champions League 2 US Players in Final

Pulisic adds American flavor to UCL final
Three things we learned from Chelsea – Real Madrid; Pulisic Watch

Pulisic admits frustration with coming off bench in Chelsea win (video)

UCL talking points: Will it be Man City or Chelsea to lift the trophy?

 Man City’s wild celebrations after reaching UCL final, as captured by Steffen
UEFA insist Istanbul to host Champions League final; Villa Park, Wembley mooted
Tuchel bullish, talks up Chelsea’s chances of Champions League glory
Tuchel transformation takes Chelsea to brink of Champions League glory
Chelsea’s Werner relieved by Champions League redemption
Real Madrid outclassed by Chelsea as defeat raises fresh doubts around old guard
Madrid’s Hazard ‘sorry’ for ‘offensive’ post-Champions League exit 
Man United – Villarreal set for Europa League final; Arsenal crash out
Three things we learned from Chelsea – Real Madrid; Pulisic Watch
Three things we learned from Chelsea v Real Madrid
PSG regret Mbappe absence and loss of discipline in latest Champions League exit
Three things we learned from Man City v Paris Saint-Germain

Cavani 9/10, Telles 3/10 as Man United reach Europa League final

EPL
Manchester City – Chelsea: How to watch, injury news, start time, 

Man Utd’s Liverpool clash rearranged after fan fury

Premier League fans to return for final two matchdays

Foreign money and coaching sees English clubs dominate in Europe again

WORLD


No longer the special one, Mourinho heads to Roma in search of revival

Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic face off in battle for Champions League spot
Crunch time for La Liga’s title race as contenders go head to head

Bayern renew bid to win league as Dortmund battle Leipzig

PSG left to chase Lille for Ligue 1 title after Champions League exit

UEFA allows 26-player squads for Euro 2020

Fox Sports Boosts Soccer Portfolio With Six-Year CONMEBOL Deal

 USA

USMNT to play Costa Rica in post-Nations League friendly

Man City’s wild celebrations after reaching UCL final, as captured by Steffen

USWNT summer series games announced in Texas
The Rush: Carli Lloyd on reuniting with her family, staying on top of her game and changing a few soccer rules

 

GK Jordan Farr with the save !

What’s new with Indy Eleven in 2021? A lot.

Kevin Johnston  Special for IndyStar 5/7/21

https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.455.0_en.html#goog_1254535317 INDIANAPOLIS – If the Indy Eleven need a campaign-style cliché for 2021, “change” certainly fits the bill.The Eleven switched venues in the offseason, departing Lucas Oil Stadium for their original home at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium. They also vastly overhauled their roster while kickstarting a new trend of selling players to Major League Soccer. And results-wise, they’ll hope to improve upon a dismal 2020 season in which they collapsed down the stretch and missed the playoffs after a sizzling start.The chance to right the ship began with three points last weekend as the Eleven won 1-0 at Birmingham Legion FC in their season debut. Their home opener is 7 p.m., Saturday against FC Tulsa, with MyINDY-TV 23 and ESPN+ handling the respective local and national broadcasts.The return to Carroll Stadium comes at an especially interesting time as the team works to finalize the details — including the location — of its future home, Eleven Park. During a virtual town hall meeting Thursday, club president and CEO Greg Stremlaw provided an update on the sites in consideration.“There are three real bona fide locations,” he said. “They’re all unique in their own right. We do have kind of an alpha, if you will, but the other two are special as well.”Coach Martin Rennie is back this season, as are assistants Phil Presser and Andy Swift. Here’s how the 2021 Indy Eleven roster shakes out after ample offseason changes:Returnees: G Jordan Farr, D Neveal Hackshaw, D Karl Ouimette (vice captain), M Ayoze Garcia (captain), M Carl Haworth, F Nick Moon, F Matthew Roou

Additions: G Bobby Edwards, G Alex Svetanoff, D AJ Cochran, D Rece Buckmaster, D Nedeljko Malic, D Jared Timmer, D Matthew Senanou, D Aidan Liu, M Nicky Law, M Patrick Seagrist, M Aboubacar Sissoko, M Peter-Lee Vassell, M Jeremiah Gutjahr, M Gershon Koffie, M Patrick McDonald, F Jordan Hamilton, F Cammy Smith, F Manuel Arteaga, F Gordon Wild https://4ea0731402a770edb98a82eb05f7a7e9.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html Rennie has rostered 19 new players while retaining only seven from the 2020 squad. Indy will rely heavily on the incoming guys for improved results this season, as evidenced by the lineup Saturday in the season opener. Eight of the 11 in the starting group were newcomers.

Among them, central midfielder Nicky Law played a prominent role and figures to be a key cog in the center of the park all season for Indy. The 33-year-old Englishman stationed himself very high up the pitch against Birmingham, completing 89% of his passes and creating four chances.The average position chart from Indy’s season opener shows midfielder Nicky Law (No. 27) practically playing as a forward.Law explained that he was mostly a defensive midfielder earlier in his career, but eventually evolved his game to become more of a box-to-box midfielder or central attacking midfielder.

“As my career went on, I definitely found myself farther up the field, whether that be an eight or as a 10,” Law told IndyStar. “Obviously, last week I played as a 10. … I can also play deeper in one of the six or eight slots as well with the way that we try to play here.”Former Indy forwards Tyler Pasher and Josh Penn, along with goalkeeper Evan Newton, were transferred to MLS teams in the offseason. Receiving transfer fees for selling players to MLS marks a new revenue stream for Indy, one that frankly isn’t that common in the USL since several clubs already function as reserve sides for MLS teams. Having extra cash to operate would be a nice luxury for any lower-division club right now.Due to pandemic-related protocols, only Indy Eleven season ticket holders can attend home matches until further notice. Tailgating is also prohibited.“We continue to work with the Marion County Health Department, City of Indianapolis, Indiana University and other organizations on a venue plan for home games that will put the health and safety of players, staff and spectators at the forefront.“For the May 8 home opener versus FC Tulsa, Indy Eleven can confirm access will be limited to 2021 season ticket members only,” the club announced in a statement.FC Tulsa sits at 2-0-0 after beating OKC Energy FC and Sporting KC II to start the season, so look for Saturday’s match to be competitive in the Eastern Conference’s newly aligned Central Division.

NWSL 2021 Challenge Cup Final: Thorns vs. Gotham, Sat 1 pm CBS

Portland Thorns FC and Gotham FC battle it out for the NWSL 2021 Challenge Cup championship

By Sandra Herrera

The National Women’s Soccer League will close out the 2021 Challenge Cup on Saturday as Portland Thorns FC and Gotham FC square off for the championship at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.

A new Challenge Cup champion will be crowned after the inaugural 2020 Challenge Cup winning Houston Dash were eliminated from contention in group play. Portland, winners of the 2013 and 2017 NWSL championship and 2016 NWSL shield are no strangers to big games, while Gotham FC, 2020 Challenge Cup semifinalist, now find themselves in the 2021 final.

Here’s how to watch and what to know about the big game this weekend:

Viewing information

  • Date: Saturday, May 8
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
  • TV: CBS
  • Streaming: Paramount+

Portland Thorns host another final

Portland Thorns FC will host the Challenge Cup final after closing out their group play with 10 points out the West Division. After opening last year’s NWSL Challenge Cup with a 2-1 loss to North Carolina, Portland have lost only one of their last 13 matches (W7 D5) in the Challenge Cup and Fall Series. 

The Thorns have outscored opponents 18-7 in those 13 matches, never conceding more than one goal in any match.  The club has a history of competing in big games, and have a roster with depth that have show they can compete at a high level. Nine different Thorns players have been involved in their six goals during this season’s Challenge Cup. Six different players have scored their six goals, while three other players have registered an assist.

Eyes will be on big name players like Linsdey Horan and Crystal Dunn, but look for Rocky Rodriguez and Simone Charley to have an impact during the match.

Gotham FC step into bright lights

Formerly Sky Blue FC, Gotham FC rebranded ahead of the 2021 Challenge Cup as NY/NJ Gotham FC. The east coast metropolis club have built off their 2020 Challenge Cup semifinal appearance, winning their first two matches in the East Division during the 2021 group stage. 

The team enters the Challenge Cup final off two consecutive scoreless draws, although Gotham kept clean sheets in three of their four NWSL Challenge Cup matches to reach the final. Those two shutouts were Gotham’s first consecutive clean sheets in a single season since a pair of 1-0 wins to close out the 2014 regular season. The team will now try to get back to scoring on the big stage. Gotham recorded assists on all five of their goals in the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup group stage, with Margaret Purce the only player to score twice and Ifeoma Onumonu the only player to record two assists. Look for striker Paige Monaghan to stay active on the top line for the club as well.

 

Can Mexican stars Carlos Vela and Chicharito deliver historic El Tráfico?

Kevin Baxter  LA Times  Fri, May 7, 2021, 4:11 PMLAFC’s Carlos Vela and Galaxy’s Javier Chicharito Hernandez help MLS strengthen connection with Mexican and Mexican American fanbase. Their two teams face off Saturday in another installment of El Tráfico. (Leopoldo Smith; Bob Levey / Getty Images) For most of its existence, Major League Soccer has struggled to tap into the passion, and especially the TV ratings, of the Mexican and Mexican American fan base.

The league imported Mexican stars such as Jorge Campos, Rafa MárquezCuauhtémoc Blanco and Claudio Suárez; created tournaments like the Leagues Cup, Campeones Cup and short-lived SuperLiga to compete against Mexican teams; and even played 10 seasons with a Liga MX-affiliated franchise in Chivas USA. None of that had the desired impact.

So MLS will try another approach Saturday when the Galaxy (2-1-0) and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer, face off against LAFC (1-0-2) and Carlos Vela, the league’s single-season scoring leader, before a socially distanced crowed of 7,193 at Dignity Health Sports Park and a national TV audience on Fox.

If both men play, it will be the most significant meeting of Mexican stars in league history.

“Having iconic players like Carlos Vela, Javier Hernández and other Mexican national team standouts in the headlines throughout Mexico has a significant benefit toward increasing the fan base for Major League Soccer and deepening the engagement of our current fan base,” said Dan Courtemanche, MLS’ executive vice president of communications.“It’s a priority for Major League Soccer to showcase Saturday’s match and have it in prime time on the East Coast.”That showcase could lose much of its luster if Vela, whose 52 career MLS goals are most by a Mexican player, is unable to participate. Vela, who came out of LAFC’s opener with a quadriceps injury after 22 minutes, has only recently returned to training, and coach Bob Bradley said his status would be a game-time decision.

With or without Vela, MLS is making inroads with Latino viewers, especially those in the younger demographics who don’t remember the league’s halting early years. And they are drawn now not just by Mexican internationals like Vela and Hernández, but by young South Americans such as LAFC’s Diego Rossi and Atlanta United’s Ezequiel Barco, and the presence of former European stars like Inter Miami’s Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi.But the league still has a lot of work to do.The most-watched MLS game in the season’s first three weeks — the Galaxy’s opener with Inter Miami — drew a combined 558,000 viewers on ABC and ESPN Deportes. Yet that was 155,000 less than Liga MX games are averaging in the U.S. on the Spanish-language Univision/TUDN network, according to Nielsen. And Saturday’s marquee matchup may not win over many more hearts and eyeballs since it will kick off at the same time as the Liga MX single-elimination playoff game between Atlas and Tigres on Univision/TUDN.“There’s still not a big fan base for MLS,” Alejandro Gómez, a veteran soccer journalist, said in Spanish from Mexico City. “It’s still not an event Mexicans follow, much less going up against the start of the Liga MX playoffs.”But, Gómez added, Vela and Hernández, whose league-high five goals in three games has been big news in Mexico, may be the exceptions to that rule.“They’re two players who define a generation. They’re players that people like,” he said.Those who do tune in could see history because the former teammates, who came up through the Chivas player-development system together, haven’t played against one another since a 2013 Champions League game, when Hernández was at Manchester United and Vela was with Real Sociedad.Hernández, who missed the Galaxy’s three games with LAFC last season, said Thursday that he hopes Vela plays.“I don’t know if Mexico is going to care about that or not,” he said. “[But] this one has more special meaning in a way. We grew up together in Guadalajara. We played together in two World Cups.“Obviously I always want to face the best teams, the best players. It’s always great when Vela and the best players in the MLS are available, are doing good. That elevates the level of this league. It will be amazing if he can play.”Galaxy coach Greg Vanney, who has watched MLS chase Mexican and Mexican American fans since its inception, agreed.

“It’s an important fanbase for the league and for our communities and even the players,” he said. “This is another great opportunity for two teams with two fantastic players who come from Mexico to compete and a rivalry for Los Angeles. Those are definitely prominent sort of headlines.”

RECAP | INDY ELEVEN CLAIMS VICTORY IN SEASON OPENER AT BIRMINGHAM LEGION

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Indiana’s Team Captures Three Points Via Debut Goal by Venezuelan Forward Manuel Arteaga

https://www.youtube.com/embed/MpK8Oxp0WXo BHMvIND Post-Match Quotes – May 1, 2021

BIRMINGHAM (Saturday, May 1, 2021) – Indy Eleven started its 2021 USL Championship season on a high note with a 1-0 win at Birmingham Legion FC after a 28th minute poacher’s goal from forward Manuel Arteaga in his team debut. The result raised Indy’s record against the Legion all-time to 2W-1L-0D, with tonight’s season opener marking the first competition between the two teams since Sept. 20, 2019 at BBVA Field.

The game’s lone goal came after one of many driving runs from recently acquired defender Patrick Seagrist’s cross to forward Cammy Smith. The Scotsman’s shot forced a point-blank save from Birmingham ‘keeper – and long-time Indy opponent – Matt Van Oekel, but the rebound was followed up and tapped in by the Venezuelan from near the penalty spot.“It feels great, it’s been seven months since we’ve played a game so it’s really nice to get the win. There were quite a few good performances from all of the players and everyone had to work hard and fight hard,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “It was a really hard first game because Birmingham Legion (FC) are a really tough team and it was their home opener. It was quite a difficult field as well, but we got a great result.”The game’s first chance came in the 14th minute when Legion forward J.J. Williams was able to latch upon a loose ball after a short clearance fell near the top of Indy Eleven’s box, but he beamed his shot wide into the side netting.Legion FC’s Alex Crognale was on the delivering end of the home side’s next chance four minutes later, a corner kick from Bruno Lapa rebounding off the former Eleven defender’s head and towards ‘keeper Jordan Farr, who gathered the ball without issue.Though Legion was heavy-handed on the attack, it was Indy that managed to break the stalemate. In his USL Championship debut, it was the Inter Miami CF loanee Seagrist that unlocked the defense on the play, his well-weighted ball putting Nicky Law to the endline. Law’s centering pass found Smith inside the BHM penalty area, and while his initial shot was parried away into a crowd of players, Arteaga broke through the pack to find the scoresheet on his debut off the bounce.Farr was called into action again in the 36th minute after Nico Brett volleyed a shot from outside of the box, but the Salem, Ore.-native halted the last dangerous attempt of the first stanza. Though Birmingham led possession 54- 46, it was Indiana’s Team that led heading into the break.High tensions led to the start of scrappy affairs at the beginning of the second half began, with Birmingham’s Anderson Asiedu earning the first yellow card of the evening in the 61st minute.

Indy’s defense was on the back foot for most of the second half, and while the Legion FC sent in multiple crosses all were handled well by the Eleven’s back line. During one late barrage of crosses Williams made contact with Indy captain Karl Ouimette inside the area, and upon not drawing a point to the spot his lash-out reaction against the Canadian defender resulted in a straight red card for the forward in the 87th minute. The accumulation of events led to the fourth official signaling for five minutes of stoppage time, but neither side saw any additional looks at goal as Indy claimed all three points at the sound of the final whistle.  “They all did well. It was a good team performance defensively; we had a good shape. A.J. [Cochran] won a lot of good headers, and I also think that helps a lot if a team is playing long balls. They had J.J. Williams who is a threat. but A.J. won those battles and that helps us,” explained Rennie. “The players from the front worked very hard to that shut down the opportunities and in the end that was a good clean sheet. Not too many chances given up, but I thought Jordan Farr did well with all the things he had to do including kicking on a difficult surface.”Indy Eleven will look to start an early winning streak in its home opener at Michael A. Carroll Stadium against FC Tulsa, the team returning to its original home next Saturday, May 8. For the time being, the only way for fans to secure tickets to the 7:00 p.m. kickoff is by becoming an Indy Eleven Season Ticket Member, details for which can be found at IndyEleven.com. Fans that cannot make it to Carroll Stadium for the home opener can follow along live on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, and Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com (Spanish audio broadcast).

USL Championship Regular Season – #BHMvIND
Birmingham Legion FC  0 : 1  Indy Eleven

Saturday, May 1, 2021 – 7:30 p.m. ETBBVA Park – Birmingham, Ala. 2021 USL Championship records

Indy Eleven (1W-0L-0D, 3 pts(T-2nd in Central Division)

Birmingham Legion FC (0W-1L-0D, 0 pts.) (T-5th in Central Division)

 Scoring Summary:
IND – Manuel Arteaga 28’


Disciplinary Summary:

BHM – Anderson Asiedu (yellow card) 61’

BHM – J.J. Williams (red card) 87’

IND – Jordan Hamilton (yellow card) 90 +5’


Indy Eleven lineup (3-4-3, L–>R): Jordan Farr; Neveal Hackshaw, A.J. Cochran, Karl Ouimette (Captain); Rece Buckmaster, Aboubacar Sissoko (Jeremiah Gutjahr 74’), Nicky Law (Jared Timmer 90+2’), Gerson Koffie, Patrick Seagrist; Manuel Arteaga (Jordan Hamilton 62’), Cammy Smith (Nick Moon 62’)


IND Substitutes: Robert Edwards (GK), Aidan Liu, Nedeljko Malic, Jared Timmer, Jeremiah Gutjahr, Jordan Hamilton, Nick Moon

IND Stats: Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 2, Possession: 44%, Passing Accuracy: 77%, Fouls: 12, Corners: 2, Offsides: 2

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