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Match Preview: #INDvTBR

By Rowdies Communications, 05/01/19, 8:30AM EDT


The Basics
Indy Eleven vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m. ET
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
Follow us for live updates on Twitter at @RowdiesGameday

How to Watch
The match will be broadcast online on ESPN+ here. International viewers can watch the match here.

Tampa Bay: 4-0-4 (W-L-T); 2-0-1 on road; 3rd place 
Indy: 4-2-0 (W-L-T); 1-0-0 at home; 6th place

Rowdies Notes
The Tampa Bay Rowdies head to Indianapolis after a 1-1 draw at 
home against the Charlotte Independence on Saturday night. The Rowdies fell behind in the 11th minute before Sebastian Guenzatti equalized with his team-high fifth goal of the season six minutes later. Neither side would score again. That result saw the Rowdies fall from first place in the East to third.

Despite being held to a draw against Charlotte, the Rowdies still posted one of their best statistical performances Saturday night. The Rowdies posted season-high totals in passes completed (547), passing accuracy (86.1 percent) and possession (65.6 percent). Their nine shots on target were one short of tying a season high. Independence goalkeeper Curtis Anderson made eight saves in the match.

The Rowdies are the last remaining unbeaten team in the East and lead the entire USL Championship with a goal difference of +10. This is the first time in 10 seasons on modern Rowdies history that the team has made it to the month of May without a loss.

Tampa Bay hasn’t kept a clean sheet since April 6, conceding a goal in three consecutive matches. The Rowdies still have the best defensive record in the Championship though having conceded just four goals all year. 

Flipping a trend from recent seasons on its head, Tampa Bay has actually been slightly better on the road than at home this season. In three road matches, the Rowdies have earned 2.33 points per game compared to 1.8 points per game from five home matches.

The Rowdies will once again be without a quartet of players due to injury. Forwards Malik Johnson and Jaime Siaj are yet to play this season due to lingering injuries. Defender Shawn Barry and midfielder Yann Ekra picked up ankle injuries on back-to-back days on the Rowdies bye weekend April 19 and 20, respectively. Both were key contributors prior to their injuries.

Injury Report
OUT: F Malik Johnson (separated shoulder)
OUT: F Jaime Siaj (quad strain)
DOUBTFUL: D Shawn Barry (ankle)
DOUBTFUL: M Yann Ekra (ankle)