Versus: Ottawa Fury FC

Ottawa Fury FCThat time of the week! We have another match coming up tomorrow, and this time we face our partner in the Class of 2014: Ottawa Fury FC.

The Fury are currently two spots above Indy in the table, with a 1-1-3 record. They’ve lost at home to Minnesota (1-2) and away to Fort Lauderdale (0-2) and Atlanta (1-2). Their impressive win came at home versus Carolina (4-0), and last week they drew with Tampa Bay (1-1). This puts them in 8th place, tied with Edmonton at four points but ahead on goal differential thanks to that Carolina win.

This will be a bit quicker than usual — because there’s not a lot of history to discuss just yet. But the Fury are an interesting comparison to Indy, so let’s take a look at what they’re aboot.*

*That’s how they talk in Canada, eh? #takeoffeh #bobanddougmckenzieforever

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2014 NASL Week 5: Strikers to the Top

With the week 6 games approaching, let’s look at the other NASL results from last week.

But first, a quick mention about cup play. The US Open Cup second-round games were held yesterday. Of interest to Eleven fans is that the Dayton Dutch Lions won 2-0 over AC Schwaben. That means that Dayton will travel to Indianapolis for the May 28 third-round game. We should see news about that game later today. In other cup news, Edmonton took on Montreal in the ACC. The Eddies held on for 90 minutes, but lost 4-2 (5-4 on aggregate) on a stoppage-time penalty to go out of the cup. They’ll be gutted, but congratulations to Edmonton for taking the MLS side to the limit.

But, back to week 5 results. The Spring season is now past halfway, and the race is starting to take shape. Fort Lauderdale take over the top spot, San Antonio take a big step forward, and Cosmos get back on track. Minnesota and Carolina suffer setbacks. Let’s get to it.

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Indy 1-2 Edmonton

I guess I’ve put off writing about this weekend’s match as long as possible.

I’ve used the refrain “Mondays after a loss suck” three weeks in a row now, and it’s no less true. We were all hoping for a home milestone for the Eleven on Saturday, but “first home loss” wasn’t the one we wanted. What’s most frustrating is that Edmonton were a very beatable team, and while they weren’t terribly good, the Eleven were worse.

The other results were plenty interesting, and the Spring season as a whole looks to be heating up as we pass halfway. But the Eleven aren’t anywhere close to the mix for the Spring, and right now, it’s hard to see any way we’ll be in the playoff picture. All we can do at this point is keep fighting one game at a time and work hard for that elusive first win.

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Versus: FC Edmonton

FC Edmonton logoAnother home game coming up — and the Eleven will be eager to get their first win. On paper, it should be a good opportunity, as Indy will host FC Edmonton at The Mike. Edmonton are bottom of the table (behind only Indy) and only have one draw to show for their four games. But the Eddies, built on a strong defense, won’t be a cupcake.

FC Edmonton were founded in 2010 and started play with the inaugural NASL season of 2011. Their current 0-1-3 record started with a 1-1 draw at Tampa Bay, and was followed by losses to New York (0-1), Minnesota (0-1), and Fort Lauderdale (1-3). So the Eddies’ three losses represent three of the four top NASL teams. Wednesday, they won 2-1 over MLS side Montreal Impact in the ACC, so they are not a bad club by any stretch. What will Indy face on Saturday?

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2014 US Open Cup – Round 1 (Plus: Indy’s First Cup Game!)

Lamar Hunt US Open Cup logoYesterday was the first day of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup! I’ve written on the cup before, and I want to keep up with it. It’s one of the best things about US soccer, and I think that it’s a great fit for Indianapolis both for the nature of the tournament and potentially for some big games for the Eleven. In any case… we now know the first Open Cup game for Indy… at it’ll be at the Mike! Start planning for a Wednesday night home game on May 28!

Many thanks to TheCup.us for tracking the games in detail — it’s a great resource for following the cup! You can also follow them on Twitter at @usopencup for real-time results. They’re not the official site — you can find that at ussoccer.com — but TheCup.us is probably your fastest avenue for updates.

This year’s tournament includes 80 teams. The first round started with eight games for amateur teams around the country. Here’s the quick overview of the results, with winners in bold. 

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2014 NASL Week 4: Minnesota 3-2 Indy Eleven, and other results

Déjà vu all over again.

Another road game, another 3-2 loss with a late consolation goal, another Kleberson penalty, another Monday with the Eleven losing in the league. The trip to league-leading Minnesota was always going to be a big ask for Indy, and while there were positive signs, the team traveled home with no points and a drop in the standings.

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Versus: Minnesota United FC

Minnesota United FC LogoIn Week Four, the Indy Eleven venture north to take on the Loon Army of Minnesota United FC. Indy will face a tough challenge in their second road game: Minnesota lead the league with a perfect 3-0-0 record, and they’ll expect to take maximum points from the Eleven.

Founded in 2010 after the demise of the Minnesota Thunder, United have been a part of the NASL since its inception. Their identity and ownership has been in flux over the team’s existence, but 2012 brought new ownership and new identity, and Minnesota is reaping the rewards of stability. The team has built its perfect record on away wins over San Antonio (0-2) and Ottawa (1-2) and a home victory over Edmonton (1-0).

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