INDIANAPOLIS (August 12, 2017) – On goalkeeper Jon Busch’s 500^th appearance in all
competitions, Indy Eleven fell 3-0 to the Spring Season champs Miami FC in their
third game of the Fall Season.

An exciting first half that featured “Buschy” making three important saves, it was
“Indiana’s Team” that created the first chance of the night. Earning a corner,
midfielder Don Smart jogged over to take and swung in a fantastic ball to the dead
middle of the six-yard box. Defender Colin Falvey was first to meet the cross, but
his header went flying over the bar. The first save of the night for Busch came just
minutes later when Stefano Pinho was in perfect position to direct a header on goal
only to see the veteran leap towards the top corner and collect with both hands.

As the half wore on, defender Nemanja Vukovic found himself set up perfectly with a
free kick just outside the box and looked to replicate his curling free kick goal
against FC Edmonton last week. Instead, “Vuko” rifled one around the wall and
towards Miami FC ‘keeper Daniel Vega’s far post only to see the effort scale inches
wide of goal. Three minutes later, Miami FC had their best opportunity of the first
half through the attacker Poku. Sprinting down the right side, the former New York
City FC man slid a ball into the middle of the area for his teammate Jamie Chavez
but found the pass just behind the forward and Indy was able to clear.

At the half, Indy held strong and though unable to capitalize on chances in the box
still kept their shape defensively and the deadlock continued.

A completely different second 45 minutes began quickly for the hosts as Miami FC got
themselves on the board after just five minutes. With Jamie Chavez streaking down
the flank, the forward got a cross away for Stefano Pinho to get on the end of and
his point-blank header on the break beat Busch for the first of the evening.

However, Indy would come close to an equalizer just two minutes later as forward
David Goldsmith was able to create an opportunity for himself. Twisting his way
through the Miami defense, the Butler product saw the ball roll into his path only
for a heavy effort to be nailed right down the pipe at Vega. The hosts continued to
flash their attack as Indy sought their first of the match, and midfielder Dylan
Mares was able to capitalize on an opportunity right at the hour mark. Similar to
Goldsmith’s run moments earlier, Mares weaved his way through the defense before
hitting a bullet at goal from just outside the box that Busch had no shot at.

Despite the two-goal deficit, again the “Boys in White” threatened in attack.
Midfielder Don Smart, who is nearing his 100^th appearance for Indy Eleven,
intercepted a pass in Miami territory and squared it for Zayed. With Vega just
barely getting back in position, the forward could only clip the bar as the chance
went begging.

In the 70^th minute, Miami FC found their third goal of the evening as Stefano Pinho
completed his brace. Defender Hunter Freeman marauded into Indy Eleven territory and
whipped up a pass into the six-yard box that Pinho was able to get his forehead to,
again heading past Busch who could only watch.

“Indiana’s Team” would not go quietly, however, and in the 88^th minute, they were
able to earn a goal for the forward Zayed. Active in attack all game long,
midfielder Ben Speas was able to skip around a pair of defenders and get a cross
into the area for Zayed. The Irishman’s direct header found the top corner to pull
one back, but Miami FC took home all three points and Indy left empty-handed.

Next up, Indy Eleven travels to New York to face the Cosmos on Saturday, August 19
before returning home to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium to host Jacksonville
Armada FC on Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 P.M. ET. Tickets for the game – and all
remaining 5+ NASL matches at “The Mike” in 2017 – can be purchased for as little as
$11 online at