INDY ELEVEN RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS (May 27, 2018) - Heartbreak on the road as a 10-man Indy Eleven falls
to New York Red Bulls II, 4-1. The defeat is Indy's first on the road in 2018, with
a 2W-1L-2D record away from home.

Both sides saw chances in the first half with New York having found opportunities
early. Red Bulls midfielder Andrew Tinari made his first attempt at goal off his
right foot in the 3rd minute from outside Indy's 18-yard box. The speedy strike
lifted to chest height and directly into the hands of “Boys in Blue” goalkeeper
Owain Fon Williams. New York's next best chance came 36 minutes later when forward
Brian White forced a pass through the top of Indy's box to Tinari. The ball
connected with Tinari, who immediate cut right to fire a shot on goal, but deflected
off Fon Williams, once more.

“Indiana's Team” came up strong with two solid chances in the first half, with one
chance converted into an early lead for the “Boys in Blue”. Indy defender Ayoze sent
the ball airborne from near the center circle to the top of Red Bulls' box in the
21st minute. Forward Soony Saad extended his leg outward to catch, but midfielder
Nathan Lewis settled the pass feet outside of the 18-yard box. Saad took a slight
touch forward to lay a right-footed strike into the upper-right corner of the net.

Saad attempted a similar play 12 minutes later. The Lebanese forward played a pass
through from center field to forward Jack McInerney. The former LA Galaxy forward
charged into the box and fired a shot at angle, but a deflection off NYRB goalkeeper
Evan Louro's foot sent the strike wide.

Indy's luck would drastically change in the second half.

A poor turnover off Eleven defender Kevin Venegas' head put the ball at White's feet
inside Indy's box in the 57th minute. Fon Williams charged out to collect, but White
fought through the Welshman's attempted save, and registered the the equalizer.
Three minutes later, Red Bulls were awarded a penalty kick after Indy defender Brad
Rusin saw a yellow card for a handball in front of his team's goal. NYRB midfielder
Carlos Rivas calmly stepped up and netted New York's second goal from the spot with
a shot near the lower-left post.

Indy's luck took a turn for the worst in the 73rd minute. Eleven midfielder Nico
Matern was sent off the field after he'd picked up two yellow cards in a two minute
time span. A total of five yellow cards and one red card were given out in a 10
minute frame starting in the 65th minute with McInerney, Martern in the 71st and the
73rd, NYRB II defender Connor Lade in the 73rd and midfielder Amando Moreno in the
75th.

Indy kept it to a one-goal game until the 83rd minute. A grounded cross from NYRB
midfielder Jared Stroud deep in Indy's 18-yard box connected with Moreno for a
left-footed finish just over the 6-yard line.

The Manhattan side found the back of the net one more time in the dying minutes of
second-half stoppage time. Substitute NYRB forward Tom Barlow slammed the crossbar
at distance in the 93rd minute. The ball deflected back out to midfielder Christian
Casseres, Jr., who passed back to Barlow in the center of Indy's box for a running
strike to the bottom-left post for his team's fourth and final goal of the
afternoon.

It's been a tough run for Indy Eleven as of late in terms of result and injury woes,
but head coach Martin Rennie continues to focus on the road ahead.

“We can take something out of today,” Rennie said. “Once we you’re down to 10 men
and away from home, it’s hard to come back from that. We can’t lose too much
confidence from that, though. We need to keep our heads up and focus on recovery.
You can learn and improve moving forward if you have the right perspective.”


The “Boys in Blue” will return home Wednesday, May 30th, at 7:00 p.m. against
Charleston Battery.