Indy Eleven’s disappointing run of results continued as they lost their third game in a row to fellow play-off chasers Miami FC. Josh Perez scored the only goal of the game to disappoint the majority of the largest crowd of the season.
It took a while for both teams to get used to the new turf that was laid during Indy Eleven four-game road stretch. The opening shot of the game came in the 9th minute when Miami F.C forward Kyle Murphy failed to trouble Indy keeper Tim Trilk.
A five-minute spell midway through the first half saw yellow cards issued to Miami’s Perez, then Arteaga and Chapman-Page were also cautioned. The hosts had their first opportunity of the match when in the 30th minute Asante’s cross was redirected by Arteaga, but his effort was saved by Miami goalkeeper Conner Sparrow. The visitors almost took the lead in the 37th minute when Perez’s shot was tipped onto the post by Trilk. The score remained goalless at the interval.
Both sides came out of the locker room on the attack, Speedy Williams saw his shot go wide of the post, then in the 50th minute Indy forward Manuel Arteaga struck the crossbar with a looping header. Miami had a fantastic opportunity to take the lead in the 55th minute when new signing Joaquin Rivas volleyed over from close range. Miami was not to be denied three minutes later when Lamar Walker’s perfect cross was clinically finished by Perez.
Indy’s response to going a goal down was good with Stefano Pinho’s diving header being brilliantly saved by Conner Sparrow. Justin Ingram was next to test the Miami keeper when his 30-yard shot was batted away.
In the 89th minute, Indy almost equalized when Jonas Fjeldberg headed against the crossbar. Indy’s frustration boiled over deep into injury time when Manuel Arteaga’s lunging tackle earned him his second yellow card. Arteaga will now be suspended for the next game at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Indy will return home next Saturday, July 9th when they entertain Detroit City FC. at 7:00 p.m.