Four Notes For Week Five

While second-rate bloggers are only providing you with three things to think about before match weekends, we here at Brew Wallace are putting in 133% effort and providing you with FOUR things to think about. Enjoy!

Formation Choices
Tim Hankinson surprised everyone with a 4-4-2 formation the last time the Boys In Blue ran out. It was a successful formation change as Indy controlled portions of the game and ultimately defeated the New York Cosmos on April 16. Part of the switch was designed to improve the team offensively and part was likely due to the player’s available – Hankinson’s “maestro” in the 4-2-3-1 formation, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, was unavailable due to injury. With much improved play in the midfield and in the final third the 4-4-2 was a unanimous success, at least for one week. After a bye week and the assumed return of Ubiparipovic and the addition of attacking winger Omar Gordon the Eleven it will be interesting to see what formation the Eleven start with in Oklahoma City. Caution and defense could be preferred in an away match, however if Indy wants to compete for the Spring title they must get victories. Based on how well the team played versus the Cosmos, I expect the Gaffer to send the Eleven out in a 4-4-2 against Rayo OKC in an attempt to take the game to the expansion Scissortails. Having two formations in which your team has different capabilities is a good dilemma to have as it makes the Eleven even tougher for opposition to develop game plans. Continue reading “Four Notes For Week Five”

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Eleven Match Ratings vs New York Cosmos

Match Ratings LogoNetting two goals in the final six minutes to drive an Indy Eleven defeat of the New York Cosmos earned Eamon Zayed the week 3 Brew Wallace Man of the Match. With this final (and most prestigious) recognition, Zayed has collected a “Grand Slam” of weekly awards, including the league’s NASL Player Of The Week, Team Of The Week and Play Of The Week, in the third round of the Spring Season.

Zayed received a match rating of 8.50, an aggregate score based on ratings from 20 fans of the beautiful game. Other Eleven players rated highly in the match versus the Cosmos include goalkeeper Jon Bush (7.40), forward Justin Braun (7.26) and midfielder Dylan Mares (7.26).

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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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