Eleven Match Rating Results vs FC Edmonton

Eleven Match RatingsDefender Greg Janicki takes the Man Of The Match Award for his goal scoring performance against FC Edmonton on May 7 in Indianapolis. The big man, in the box for a free kick, deflected a cross from Niki Patterson into the net with the bottom of his boot for Indy’s only goal in the draw with Edmonton.

Janicki’s center back partner Colin Falvey was recognized for his defensive performance with the second highest rating. Falvey’s 7.10 was short of the 7.25 rating that the MOTM received from match reviewers.

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Match Rating Results vs Ottawa Fury

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With a rating of 6.77, the Fan’s Man of the Match in the draw versus Ottawa was goal scorer Nemanja Vukovic. The versatile defender played most of the match at left back before shifting to the front line as Indy chased a goal late in the match. The shift worked as the big European was able to power home a rebound goal in the 89th minute.

Colin Falvey and Jair Reinoso were also recognized as having strong games by the 14 reviewers that participated this week. Falvey’s partner at CB, Greg Janicki followed up a good performance in Tampa Bay with another strong game. It will be interesting to see if Week 3 will have Reinoso break into the starting lineup. If he does, who will he replace?

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Coach Tim Hankinson received another good score this week, probably based largely on his substitutions and formation adjustments that were key to securing a draw. He may be living on borrowed time though as draws at home versus a team picked to finish at the bottom of the league won’t likely receive positive ratings for much longer.

This week I added a section to the ratings that asked fans to rate the overall performance of the Eleven. I was interested to see how this number compared to the average score that all players received. I was very surprised to see almost identical ratings of 5.85 (overall team rating) and 5.84 (average player rating). Only, .01 separated the two ratings. Wow! Everyone who participated can pat themselves on the back for their consistency.

The last column on the chart, Standard Deviation, is easy to overlook but there are some interesting things there. As outlined above, a low number in that column indicates that fans were more in agreement over a performance; a high number indicates more disagreement over the performance. What I noticed this week is that the player’s who typically invoke the most passion, positive or negative, as expressed by fans through social media, also had above average Standard Deviation scores. Janicki and Justin Braun had the highest scores here. Both of these players are frequent whipping boys in social media, deserved or not (Janicki had a subpar 2015 season and Braun has not started his tenure in Indy very impressively). Fan favorites Duke Lacroix and Brad Ring receive a lot of acclaim from via social media and also had above average Standard Deviation scores. (At 1.12 Lacroix was just over the average). This week it seems that passion combatted pragmatism in the ratings for a few players. It will be interesting to see if the trend maintains throughout the season – fan perception of a player’s ability biasing the rating of their performance.

Finally, the outlook for the team’s final position in the Spring Season is dropping, along with the team’s chances of taking the Spring Season title. After the Week 1 match, fans expected Indy to place 4th. After Week 2, fans expect Indy to finish 5th. Not a drastic move but expectations are dipping as points are dropped. There is still time to move up the table but it seems that for Indy to have any hope for a Spring Season title they need to victory over the Cosmos in Week 3. If New York wins on Saturday evening at The Mike it will make it nearly impossible for Indy to catch up to them in the short season. Yes, it’s only week 3 and we’re talking about must win games. Fortunately, the NASL is an odd duck and has two seasons, giving Indy plenty of time to find one of three other routes into the playoffs.

Look for another chance to submit your match ratings after Saturday’s game versus New York. I leave the survey up for at least 48 hours to ensure everyone who wants can participate. After a few more games we’ll start to look at ratings across games, in addition to the single game ratings. It should be fun, I hope you stick along for the ride!


Depth Chart Guesstimations

Preseason for the Boys in Blue is quickly approaching us on the calendar. Before we know it February will be here and in the middle of the month Indy Eleven players will gather in Indianapolis to begin preparations for their 2016 season. A trip to warm-weather Casa Grande in Arizona is on their agenda, as discussed by Coach Tim Hankinson on the most recent episode of 1070 AM’s Soccer Saturday. Hankinson also revealed on the show that exhibition matches against the professional clubs Orange County Blues, Ottawa Fury FC, St. Louis FC, Louisville City FC, and FC Cincinnati are likely to occur, as well as matches against a few yet-to-be named university sides.

In addition to sharing the basics of the Eleven’s preseason preparations, Hankinson added a few of his thoughts on the nearly-complete roster. Currently 19 signed players have been revealed to fans and according to Hankinson the team plans to have about 22 players rostered for the start of the season. An unidentified signing at left fullback was announced in the interview, which will bring the roster to 20 when revealed. The coach added that he feels they have a need for more attacking players on the wing and at forward. (According to an early January news item in the Jamaican Observer, Dino Williams is one of our new attacking players, however the club has been silent on this.) Hankinson also said a few trialists will join them during their preseason (Dino, maybe?) and presumably one or two from this group will join as the final pieces of the Spring roster.

At Brew Wallace we love unfounded speculation, and with the roster nearly complete let’s take a look at and make some guesstimates about the depth chart. A lot can and will change between now and the opening day kickoff but nothing is stopping us from making (il)logical guesses as to the current pecking order in certain positions.

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