Hoosier voters headed to the polls this week and resoundingly selected two candidates who impressed them the most – Indy Eleven’s Nemanja Vukovic and forward Jair Reinoso. Both players found the back of the net this week, Reinoso with one of the prettiest strikes that a member of the Eleven has finished and Vukovic with the game winner in Oklahoma City.It was a grinder of a match for the Eleven, maybe not by plan but by necessity as defensive midfielder Brad Ring was forced from the match early with an ankle injury. The Boys In Blue managed to hold a potent Rayo OKC offense to just one goal, despite having advantages in possession and shots. Continue reading “Eleven Match Ratings Versus Rayo OKC”
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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”