** Week 17: Keeping the Undefeated Streak Going

Indy Eleven look to continue secure three points at home against Ottawa Fury FC on
July 4. The “Boys in Blue” will be attempting to up their five game unbeaten run to
six against the Canadian side, who they will play for the first time since 2016.

In their previous match, Indy Eleven (7W-4L-4D) shared a point with Penn FC in a 1-1
draw, bringing Indy’s home record to 3W-3L-2D. Penn FC took the lead in the 51st
minute after Penn FC forward Lucky Mkosana tucked home a penalty. Things went from
bad to worse when defender Karl Ouimette received his second yellow card in the 76th
minute, resulting in his sending off. As a result, Ouimette will miss the Ottawa
fixture. Four minutes later, Indy Eleven forward Jack McInerney gave the fans
something to cheer for as he leveled the score at one. In the 80th minute, McInerney
tucked home a free kick from nearly 30 yards out into the bottom left corner of the
net. The goal was his third of the season.

Ottawa Fury FC (5W-7L-3D) fell to FC Cincinnati 2-0 in their last outing on June 30.
Cincinnati forward Danni Konig opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a header.
Ottawa’s best chance came in the 59thminute of play when forward Carl Haworth made a
cunning run into Cincinnati’s box. His right-footed effort was saved by Cincy keeper
Evan Newton. “Blue and Orange” midfielder Nazmi Albadawi sealed the three points in
stoppage time with a volley from just outside the 18-yard box. Leading goal scorers
Kevin Oliveira and Adonijah Reid were unable to locate the back of the net despite
Ottawa’s eight shots. The loss to Cincinnati sees Ottawa’s road record fall to

The “Boys in Blue” are seeking their sixth game in a row without a loss. The stellar
run of form has helped the team remain in playoff contention and continue to rise
the table.

“I think it’s positive for us to stay on an unbeaten run now for five games and look
forward to the next one,” Indy Eleven head coach Martin Rennie said.

** Indy Eleven Player to Watch: MF Matt Watson

Indy Eleven midfielder and captain Matt Watson has been an integral part of head
coach Martin Rennie’s starting XI during the 2018 campaign. It makes sense
considering Watson’s history alongside Rennie. The two spent two years together
during their time with Carolina Railhawks, where Watson’s relationship with Rennie
grew. Where Rennie went, Watson wasn’t far behind as both made the move to Major
League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps. After almost five years apart, the two are now
together in Indianapolis.

Watson has proved his status as a leader among the side in the midfield. He’s
performed well defensively only losing three tackles and racking up 22
interceptions, one of which led to his only goal. The Englishmen has also moved the
ball well. He’s completed three fourths of his passes and recorded two assists. It
will be up to Watson to martial the midfield against Ottawa on July 4.

** Ottawa Fury FC Player to Watch: DF Colin Falvey

Former “Boy in Blue” and current Ottawa Fury FC defender Colin Falvey leads Ottawa
in almost every defensive statistics. Falvey, who spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons
with Indy Eleven, has started 11 out of15 matches for the Fury. In that span he’s
recorded 52 clearances, 29 interceptions, and won just under 85 percent of his
tackles. He also led the team to its first victory of the season, scoring in the
87th minute to defeat Penn FC 1-0.

In the last match against FC Cincinnati, the Irishmen wasn’t quite up to his usual
par. He managed only four clearances in the 2-0 defeat on the road to the soon-to-be
MLS side. The former Indy Eleven player will have to stop forwards Jack McInerney,
who scored in his last outing, and Justin Braun if he is to help his team to another
three points.

** Matchup to Mark: DF Carlyle Mitchell vs. FW Kevin Oliveira

One of the main reasons the Indy Eleven has been successful defensively this
campaign is defender Carlyle Mitchell. On July 4, Mitchell will be tasked with
containing Ottawa Fury FC’s joint leading goal scorer Kevin Oliveira.

Mitchell has been a force in the Eleven backline, especially when paired with fellow
defender Karl Ouimette, who will be suspended due to red card for the fixture.
Mitchell has made 14 appearances for the “Boys in Blue”, all of which were starts.
He leads Indy’s defense in most defensive categories with an impressive 85
clearances and 24 interceptions. His ability to head the ball has made him an
offensive danger as well, as he scored from a corner in the 2-0 win over Atlanta
United 2.

Mitchell will be paired up against Ottawa Fury FC forward Kevin Oliveira. The
22-year-old has started every match for the Fury this season. Oliveira has played as
a goal poacher in 2018. All three of the goals he’s scored have come from inside the
box this season. Mitchell, whose strong suit is clearing balls that come into the
middle of the box, will need to close down Oliveira’s space in close proximity.  The
Republic of Cape Verde native was unable to find the back of the net against FC
Cincinnati in their last match, putting his three shots off target and only creating
one chance.

Mitchell will look to minimize Oliveira’s space and track the runs he makes into the
box in order to slow him down. He may also take his usual approach and simply clear
the ball away any time it comes near Oliveira.

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