NUVO Live: Eleven vs. Strikers 

click to enlarge The Indiana Fever's Tamika Catchings delivered the honorary pre-game first kick.  (Photo by Phil Taylor/Phototaylor)
  • The Indiana Fever's Tamika Catchings delivered the honorary pre-game first kick. (Photo by Phil Taylor/Phototaylor)

Pre-game notes:

- Ft. Lauderdale won previous meeting 3-2 on April 26, first meeting at Michael Carroll Stadium

- Sergio Pena's red card in the 65th minute against Atlanta last week was transferred to Ring, making him ineligible for tonight's game. Pena is available.

- Indy Eleven are still in search of their first victory at home this season (both spring and fall seasons.)

- Newly signed midfielder Jermaine Johnson gets his first start for the Eleven

- Eleven are 2-0-2 (6 pts.) in the fall season, Strikers are 1-1-2 (4 pts.)

Warmups underway as Eleven look for first home victory. (Photo by Brian Weiss)
  • Warmups underway as Eleven look for first home victory. (Photo by Brian Weiss)

Starting lineups:

Eleven: Coach - Juergen Sommer

GK: Kristian Nicht
D: Andrew Stone, Jaime Frias, Chris Estridge, Kyle Hyland
M: Kleberson, Blake Smith, Sergio Pena, Don Smart,
F: Jermaine JohnsonMike Ambersley

GK: Kamil Contofalsky
D: Ivan Guerrero, Rafael Alves, James Marcelin, Darnell King
M: Shawn Chin, Mark Anderson, Manny Gonzalez, Martin Nunez
F: Fafa Picault, Jenison Brito,

Eleven players watch on as the National Anthem is performed. (Photo by Brian Weiss)
  • Eleven players watch on as the National Anthem is performed. (Photo by Brian Weiss)
Referee Mark Allatin blows his whistle and were underway

1' - Quick corner taken by Kléberson, punched away by Contofalsky

click to enlarge Defender Andrew Stone putting pressure on Striker goalie Kamil Contofalsy. (Photo by Phil Taylor/Phototaylor)
  • Defender Andrew Stone putting pressure on Striker goalie Kamil Contofalsy. (Photo by Phil Taylor/Phototaylor)

4' - Andrew Stone OFF THE POST after Johnson salvaged a chance from the corner, early pressure from the Eleven

5' - Frias shot from 19 yards out is chested away by Contofalsky

7' - Strikers first chance as Picault shoots high from 25 yards out

10' - Johnson with a solid chance from just outside and right of the 6 yard box, deflected away by Contofalsky

15' - Smart with a swirling ball into the box where Johnson sat for a wide open header, wasn't able to make full contact and is deflected long, staying in play

17' - Ambersley with a great ball into the box that finds a sliding Smart, who makes contact with his hand instead of his foot.

17' - Smart issued a yellow card for his "contact" with Contofalsky

18' - Another chance for the Eleven as Ambersley sees his header stopped right on the line by Contofalsky

21' - Johnson down on the pitch, hobbles off favoring left leg/knee

24' - Smith cuts back just outside the box and sends a ball right to the head of Ambersley, who heads it over the net...another missed opportunity

27' - Free kick for Strikers is headed away by Frias, ensuing corner kick is headed away by Frias aw well

27' - Straight to the counter for the Eleven as Johnson makes a deep run (60 yards) into the 18-yard box and strikes one right into the chest of Contofalsky

30' - Pena with an ambitious shot from 20 yards out goes well wide

33' - Johnson sends a searching ball across the box in the direction of Ambersley but it's cleared out by the Strikers back line

37' - Smart down on the pitch, walks off but is back on immediately

40' - Ambersley a mile and a half offsides, play slowing down in final 10 minutes

41' - Guess not, chance for the Strikers as Picault made a run into the box, took a shot and forced Nicht to make a diving save to his right. Ball stayed in play and Nunez tapped it wide. Corner kick

45' - Smart earning his playing time on the right wing, earns another corner for the Eleven

45' - Smith's corner drops to the head of Ambersely who sends it short and wide, poor effort

click to enlarge J.J. Johnson presses through oppressive Striker pressure. (Photo by Phil Taylor/Phototaylor)
  • J.J. Johnson presses through oppressive Striker pressure. (Photo by Phil Taylor/Phototaylor)

45' +1 - Yellow card issued to Johnson for what looked like a rash tackle by Contofalsky, crowd doesn't like it and neither does Johnson.

Whistle blows and that's the half at The Mike, 0-0 after 45

click to enlarge Kléberson dishes the ball. (Photo by Phil Taylor/Phototaylor)
  • Kléberson dishes the ball. (Photo by Phil Taylor/Phototaylor)

No changes for either team to start the second half

47' - Failed clearance drops to Johnson who fires a missile over the net from 20 yards out

click to enlarge Indy's organizes a defensive wall. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)
  • Indy's organizes a defensive wall. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)

50' - Foul on Estridge, free kick awarded to Strikers in a very dangerous spot - direct middle, 20 yards out

51' - Yellow card issued to Picault, the 3rd forward to receive one tonight

click to enlarge The ref was not impressed with Picault's continued provocations of Indy players as they organized to defend against a Strikers' freekick. Eventually, Picault received a yellow card. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)
  • The ref was not impressed with Picault's continued provocations of Indy players as they organized to defend against a Strikers' freekick. Eventually, Picault received a yellow card. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)

52' - Ensuing free kick is straight into the wall, no harm done

53' - Ambitious from Anderson from 25 out, well wide

55' - Kléberson with his first good look of the game, ball drops to him inside the 18 where he fails at his attempt to curl it past Contofalsky

click to enlarge J.J. Johnson exiting the field following his red card. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)
  • J.J. Johnson exiting the field following his red card. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)

58' - Straight red issued to Johnson, Eleven will play down a man for the final 30 plus minutes

62' - Strikers first sub of the game: Colin Murphy on for Martin Nunez

64' - Yellow card issued to Pena

65' - Chance for the Eleven, Smith sends a curler into the box, Ambersley gets a head on it but Contofalsky makes the leaping save to his right

66' - Ambersley catches the back line sleeping but send the shot into the side of the net

70' - Picault is shot of a cannon and makes a 70 yard run down the left wing, cuts back in and shoots but it's deflected out for a corner

click to enlarge Strikers forward Darnell King receives a yellow card, the fifth yellow out of a total of six issued during the game — four of them to the Strikers. (Photo by Phil Taylor/Phototaylor)
  • Strikers forward Darnell King receives a yellow card, the fifth yellow out of a total of six issued during the game — four of them to the Strikers. (Photo by Phil Taylor/Phototaylor)

70' - Yellow card issued to Strikers King

72' - Nicht forced off his line to make a diving attempt at the ball in which he wins against Picault

click to enlarge Goalie Kristian Nicht interrupted a worrisome breakaway by the Striker's Picault, but needed a few minutes to recover from what appeared from the sidelines to be agonizing pain in his hand or wrist. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)
  • Goalie Kristian Nicht interrupted a worrisome breakaway by the Striker's Picault, but needed a few minutes to recover from what appeared from the sidelines to be agonizing pain in his hand or wrist. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)

76' - Nicht down for a lengthy amount of time nursing his hand but stays in the game

77' - Eleven first sub: Dylan Mares for Kléberson

Announced attendance of 10,285

80' - Chance for the Eleven as Ambersley and Smith work the 1-2 but Smith is caught offsides

82' - Eleven sub: Pedro Mendes on for Smart

84' - Strikers sub: Aly Alberto Hassan on for Picault

click to enlarge Pena rips his shot. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)
  • Pena rips his shot. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)

88' - CHANCE for the Eleven as Pena makes a great turn and fires a bullet just left of the net

90' - 5 minutes of stoppage time added

90'+1 - Yellow card issued to Strikers' Gonzalez

90'+1 - Ensuing free kick is lofted to high and Contofalsky comes off the line to snag it

90'+3 - Pena down on the pitch holding his side

90'+6 - Strikers shot goes wide and that should be it here at the Mike

90'+7 - Another ambitious shot goes well wide for the Strikers

And that's the final whistle, Eleven hold on for the final 39 minutes while a man down and play to a scoreless draw

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