FC Cincinnati face off against Indy Eleven for the first time
When/Where-This regular season match is at Lucas Oil Stadium, also the home of the Indianapolis Colts, in Indianapolis at 7 pm. This is FC Cincinnati’s second straight match away from their home in Cincinnati.
How to watch-The game will be available to watch on Youtube, on Star 64, and making the not-too-long trip to Indianapolis.
FC Cincinnati have finally exercised the demons down in Charleston, and have moved their sights to the team in Indianapolis, Indy Eleven. This is the first season for the Indy Eleven in the USL, after spending last season in the NASL. Indy Eleven won their first match of the season 1-0 against Richmond Kickers last Saturday.
FC Cincinnati will have their chances to get a goal in this match. Goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams came off his line a decent amount of the last Indy Eleven match, sometimes almost causing problems for the Indy Eleven backline. Look for Lance Laing on the outside to help get Williams out of position, and bring it back to the middle, maybe to Forrest Lasso, or Emory Welshman. Like FC Cincinnati, Indy Eleven are trying to get their backline in shape with some new additions to the team, and that is where the Orange and Blue can capitalize.
On defense, FC Cincinnati will need to look out for Forward Jack McInerney. McInerney scored the goal to lift Indy Eleven over Richmond, and also had three shots in the game as well. Indy Eleven are going to try and possess the ball, but mostly play it forward and to the left. They only 48 percent of the possession against Richmond, but they did keep the ball in the air, which allowed them to regain possession.
Evan Newton or Spencer Richey, whoever Coach Koch sees fit to put in goal, won’t necessarily have their work cut out for them, but they will be challenged. I personally see no reason why Evan Newton isn’t already the starter. He has proved he is the best goalkeeper on the squad and deserves the spot, but I can see why Koch wants to make sure he has the right man. The FC Cincinnati wingbacks will need to watch out for their men on the outside, to make sure McInerney is not able to sniff any head ball coming from the outside.
This match will be a good challenge for the Orange and Blue, and I think we have a chance of coming out of Lucas Oil Stadium with three points. If the defense is able to keep McInerney in check, and also get their goalkeeper out of position to help Welshman or Haber to put one in the back of the net, FC Cincinnati will leave Lucas Oil Stadium with three points.
Prediction-2-1 in favor of the Orange and Blue. Lasso puts one in from a header and Haber will nicely slot in a ball to secure the match after a late goal from Indy Eleven makes the game feel a bit scary.