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Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 3:00 P.M. EST
Michael A. Carroll Stadium - Indianapolis, Indiana
Local TV: MyINDY TV-23 Streaming Video: ESPN3
In-game updates: Follow @IndyElevenLive on Twitter Official stats: NASL Opta MatchCenter
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The "Boys in Blue" are back home again for the second time in 2017, facing off against the San Francisco Deltas for the first time on home turf. "Indiana's Team" continues to "Fight for Three," searching for their first win in the 2017 season as well as looking to extend the club's unbeaten streak at home to 20 matches. During Indy's first meeting with the Deltas at Kezar Stadium, MLS veteran Kyle Bekker netted the home side's first NASL goal with hopes to secure three points in their inaugural match, but a second half goal from one of Indy's new signings Tanner Thompson, brought the Eleven back from the brink to save a point.
Since Week One, the Deltas have forged ahead and landed themselves in second place with five points going into Week Five. Two weeks after our initial draw with the new franchise, Deltas secured their club's first win in a 3-1 stunner against North Carolina FC, with forward Tommy Heinemann (two goals) and midfielder Pablo Dyego (one goal) leading the club to victory. In Week Four, San Francisco was faced with another draw in the record books after traveling east for the first time to square up with the current table toppers, Jacksonville Armada FC.
After a bye week, Indy Eleven enters Week Five with three out of nine possible points, finding themselves tied for sixth on the NASL table. In addition, Indy has managed to tally five goals in three games, making them the highest scoring club in the league with a 20-percent goals conversion. The group showcased their attacking prowess during the team's first match at home after putting on a 3-3 thriller against the visiting Puerto Rico FC, with forward Justin Braun tallying two goals and an assist, and former Minnesota United FC midfielder Ben Speas getting his first goal for Indy.
WHO TO WATCH INDY ELEVEN EDITION: MF CRAIG HENDERSON
Continuing his chase for a title, former Ivy-League standout Craig Henderson looks to make his mark once more for the "Boys in Blue". The New Zealand international made his first appearance for Indy as a sub in the final minutes against the Deltas on March 25. Since his debut, Henderson has played 120 minutes and has managed to complete nearly 75-percent of his passes. Joining the likes of Brad Ring and Gerardo Torrado in the midfield, Henderson's versatility adds an additional offensive and defensive push in any given situation.
WHO TO WATCH SAN FRANCISCO EDITION: FW TOMMY HEINEMANN
Forward Tommy Heinemann continues to bring himself in the spotlight after his two-goal performance in Week Three places him in a four-way tie for the top individual goal scorer in the league, joining the ranks of Eleven star Justin Braun. Heinemann joins the Deltas after spending the 2016 season with former NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies. During his stint with the Rowdies, Heinemann played a total of 1358 minutes, scoring four goals in 26 games. Heinemann was also a part of the 2015 Ottawa Fury squad that challenged the New York Cosmos for the season Championship, which ultimately ended with the Fury ending their season as runner-ups.
MATCH-UP TO MARK: MF PABLO DYEGO VS. DF MARCO FRANCO
Fluminense Youth Academy product Pablo Dyego will battle with Indy defender Marco Franco along the wing this Saturday. Dyego, a former Ottawa Fury player, has already made his mark after scoring one goal during his first start in San Francisco Deltas' 3-1 home win against North Carolina FC. In comparison, Marco Franco has been a dominating defensive presence in Indy's first three matches of 2017. By completing close to 74-percent of his passes, winning majority of his tackles and majority of his duels, Franco has positioned himself to be a defensive force to be reckoned with, as well as his ability to move the ball forward with speed and accuracy.
Don't miss your chance to see Indy "Fight for Three" as they look to continue to find their first win in 2017 and extend their record-breaking home undefeated streak.
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