Match Recap: Strikers 0, Indy Eleven 0
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1W-2D-2L, 5 pts) played Indy Eleven (2-0-3, 7pts) to a 0-0 draw at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. The Strikers played a man up for the final thirty minutes but were unable to capitalize and ended up with a point on the road.
Indy eleven controlled the ball early, creating several chances, but Strikers goalkeeper Kamil Contofalsky was solid, making several game-saving stops to keep the ball out of the net.
The Strikers best chance came in the first half 42nd minute when Jenison Brito took the ball from midfield and dribbled it into the box before taking a shot on goal, but Indy’s Goalkeeper Kristian Nicht made a great save. Fafa Picault then grabbed the rebound but was unable to put the ball in, missing just wide of the net.
The Strikers went up a man in the 58th minute after Jermaine Johnson received a red card when he clipped Shawn Chin at midfield. Johnson already was already booked in the first half when he received a yellow card for diving inside the box.
Fort Lauderdale continued to press late, using their speed to challenge the Indy defense and forcing Nicht to make some key saves. The Indy Eleven defense held strong for the draw.
The point gives the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 18 points for the year, and leaves them two points behind the fourth place spot.
“We’re happy to make a point against a very strong Indy team,” said Strikers Head Coach Gunter Kronsteiner. “I think the first half was really even, but they deserved to be in the lead. Second half was a little bit different, in my opinion, it had a lot to do with the red card for Indy Eleven and our 11th man. There were not a lot of good chances on both sides. It’s harder for them when they go a man down because they can’t get into the game. I am satisfied to get one point against a very strong Indy Eleven team.”
The Strikers will then travel north of the border to face Ottawa Fury FC at the brand-new TD Stadium on Saturday, August 9. Fans can catch the action on NASLLive.com with a paid subscription. Fans can also follow the team's trip on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @FTLStrikers. The Strikers next home match is on Saturday August 16th against the Atlanta Silverbacks at 7:30 pm at Lockhart Stadium.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (4-4-2) – Kamil Contofalsky; Darnell King, Rafael Alves, James Marcelin, Ivan Guerrero (C); Mark Anderson, Manny Gonzalez, Shawn Chin, Martin Nuñez (Colin Murphy, 62); Fafà Picault (Aly Alberto Hassan, 84), Jenison Brito
Subs not used: David Meves, Ronaldo Vieira, Darryl Gordon
Indy Eleven (4-4-2) – Kristian Nicht (C); Andrew Stone, Chris Estridge, Jaime Frias, Kyle Hyland; Don Smart (Pedro Mendes, 82), Sergio Peña, Kleberson (Dylan Mares, 77), Blake Smith; Mike Ambersley, Jermaine Johnson
Subs not used: Nathan Sprenkel, Jon Dawson, A.J. Corrado, Corby Moore
IND- Don Smart (caution)- 17th minute
IND- Jermaine Johnson (caution)- 45'
FTL- Fafà Picault (caution)- 51'
IND- Jermaine Johnson (ejection)- 58'
IND- Sergio Peña (caution)- 64'
FTL- Darnell King (caution)- 70'
FTL- Manny Gonzalez (caution)- 90'
Referee: Mark Allatin; Assistants: Andrew Bigelow, Khalaf Al-Latayfeh; Fourth official: Nikola Aleksic