Indy Eleven Goal & Assist Leaders

As we near the start the 2016 season, let’s take a look back at top performers from the club’s first two seasons:

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Goals: Dylan Mares and Don Smart are the only active players to make the goal leaders list. Wojciech Wojcik and Duke Lacroix sit just outside the table with two goals apiece. Will newcomer Eamon Zayed find the net often enough for the Eleven this season to rise above Mares, Smart or even Kleberson?

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Assists: Daniel Keller and Wojcik join Smart and Mares as current players on the assists leaderboard. There could be a three-way battle for the top of the table if Siniša Ubiparipovič excels for Indy this season.

Indy Eleven Match Ratings: Introduction & Primer

Some of you may already be familiar with the match ratings system commonly used by newspapers and video games like Football Manager to subjectively evaluate the performances of players in a match. This may serve as an introduction for others. In any case, providing a bit of detail for the scale that we will be using will help make sure we are all speaking the same language. If you do intend to contribute, please take a moment to read what follows.

To increase that value, a shared understanding of what the different values mean along the common scale is needed.

A link to participate in the match rating survey will be made available at Brew Wallace.com, the Indy Eleven subReddit and through social media. Feel free to contribute your ratings once the match ends; the survey will remain open for roughly 36 hours. The survey works on mobile and desktop devices and takes about 2 minutes to complete. All ratings are anonymous. I’ll share the results and an analysis of the ratings each week.

Last but not least, please read the Match Ratings Primer that was kindly shared with us by Kyle Eliason. He provided good insight into the rating collection process that he uses for Minnesota United as well as this fun and informative brief on match ratings.

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Lock, Stock & Two Central Midfielders

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If one were to unknowingly pass a group of Indy Eleven’s international players on the street they couldn’t be blamed for suspecting Guy Ritchie was filming his latest European gangster flick in Indianapolis. They would be wrong, of course, but a cast of characters that could pass as players in a Ritchie film are settling into their lives in Central Indiana.

The players:

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Falvey suggests that Pikers like you keep their mouths shut.

Irishman Colin Falvey leads the line as the stout, take-no-shit hard man.

The mercurial Eamon Zayed features as the mysterious traveler.

Scotsman Nicki Paterson plays the stylish brother-in-arms.

Nemanja Vuković takes a turn as the intimidating Eastern European enforcer.

Gorka Larrea adds flavor to the mix as the Spanish wild card.

The international players on this 2016 version of the Eleven are a stark contrast to those that previously populated the team’s roster. Across the 2014 and 2015 campaigns Indy filled 11 of their 14 international slots with Hispanic and Latino players originating primarily from Central America, Brazil and Jamaica.

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