Indy Eleven lost their fourth straight match and were eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup in the third round Wednesday night. USL expansion side Louisville City FC defeated the Eleven 2-0 after a storm delay pushed kickoff back an hour.
Coach Juergen Somber (I only call him this because he looked like someone had shot his dog following the game), was not pleased by outcome: “We did create a couple of good chances in front of goal but you have to put them away, make them count to win games like this.”
And who would be pleased? This is by far the least talented team they’ve played this season, yet the outcome was the same as every other game.
Let’s break it down. Here’s how a typical game goes: Eleven come out firing after kickoff, things settle down, teams play back and forth soccer for most of the game, opponent catches a break and scores once, wins. It’s a script that’s difficult to read if you’re an Eleven fan. But it’s a script that’s been followed to a T many times this year. The Eleven aren’t getting ran off the field by any of their opponents but they’re letting them stay in games to the point where one wrong bounce seals the Eleven's fate.
And it’s happening more times than not.
Because of this the Eleven sit dead last in the NASL with a measly six points in seven games. That point total matches the amount of goals they’ve scored on the year — a number that Sommer and his players should be embarrassed about.
“We had equally, if not more amount of chances at goal, but if we can’t finish we’re not going to win these types of games,” Sommer said “I know that’s something the group’s disappointed in because we’re better than what the scoreline showed tonight.”
Are they, though? The Eleven have shown very few signs of life this season. They’ve looked dismal in the final third. The defensive line has kept them in games but has been shaky of late. And they’ve yet to win at The Mike this year. The only real positive is continued fan support, but at some point that’s going to come crashing down too if the losses continue to pile up.
So what’s next? A win would be nice.
“There’s only one way to go and that’s up. We’ve got to pick these guys up as we’re going to face a very good Tampa Bay Rowdies team [Saturday].”
Let’s hope the Brickyard Battalion is rowdier than Tampa Bay or we could be in for more of the same — losing. And I’m not sure I can take much more of that.
Listen to the full interview with Coach Sommer here.