Indianapolis- The Indy Eleven hosted the Carolina Railhawks in front of 10,285 fans at a sold out Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Winning this game was really important to both teams with the Eleven still looking for their first win at home and the Railhawks trying to stay in the fourth spot in the Championship.
The Eleven and the Railhawks playing without any real threats to their goals in the first half but the Railhawks did have to worry late in the first half when defender Jordan Graye went out due to an injury. The start of the second half the game change quickly as pass from Martinez to Albadawi put the Railhawks on the board. Afterwards the Eleven went on the attack with the help of Jermaine Johnson and Don Smart but the Eleven were unsuccessful and the Railhawks went on to win 1-0.
Quotes from Coach Juergen Sommer
“We had a new face tonight, Marco Franco played right back for us and had a great game. A lot of composure on the ball and defensively was very sound. Took good positions, took us forward often and well. So I’m really happy for Marco, I thought he came in and did a fine job.”
“Cory has brought so much energy and so much pressure to the back line. He really competes for the ball and really goes for it quickly, closes down space. He’s a real handful for forwards to get around and in the aerial battles I haven’t really seen anyone beat him yet. So it’s great that he’s that aggressive and he’s really forward thinking, kind of putting out fires instead of falling back. I thought Erick had a solid performance now. Just a solid, athletic presence is what you get from Erick, game in and game out. So we’re slowly starting to get all of the guys back into full fitness.”