After 21 days off due the Covid-19 related postponement of the match against San Antonio last Saturday, the Monarchs are back in action tonight at Mitchell A. Carroll Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. This match will the first of three against Eastern Conference teams after the match against Hartford Defiance was also rescheduled to September 15th for Covid-19 reasons earlier this season.
Indy Eleven is just below the playoff line in the Central Division with 23 points. However, their home record of 2-5-2 leaves the rested Monarchs plenty of opportunity to come away with at least a point. Playing under interim coach Max Rodgers, who took over on June 16th when Martin Rennie departed, the Eleven has complied a 3-3-5 record and continued improvement in the defensive half.
The Monarchs have struggled offensively all season and are led by Milan Iloski with 4 goals and Aris Briggs with 3 goals. Only Douglas Martinez, now on loan to San Diego for the rest of the season, and Charlie Wehan have more than a single goal. Following their recent breakthrough win on the road against San Diego Loyal SC and with only 6 of the remaining 14 matches at home the attack will need to blossom for the Monarchs to make any kind of playoff run.
Following tonight’s match in Indianapolis the Monarchs will travel to San Antonio and Colorado Springs before returning home to Zions Bank Stadium against San Antonio on September 11th.
Tonight’s match will kick at 5PM MDT and be streamed live on ESPN+