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Gameday Report: June 26, Week 17

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 06/26/19, 9:20PM EDT

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Eleven earn 10th win to go top of East; Ottawa's unbeaten run reaches 10 games

Indy Eleven became the first Championship team to reach 10 wins this season and moved atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 3-0 victory over Birmingham Legion FC on Wednesday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Elsewhere, Ottawa Fury FC extended its unbeaten run to 10 games with a thrilling late win over the Charleston Battery at TD Place.

In the West, Seth Casiple led Reno 1868 FC to a comeback victory over the Portland Timbers 2 at Providence Park and El Paso Locomotive FC remained unbeaten on the road this season with a scoreless draw against Copa Tejas rival San Antonio FC.

portland timbers 2 (1) v reno 1868 fc (2)

PORTLAND, Ore. – 1868 FC battled back from a goal down to take victory over the Timbers 2 at Providence Park. Brayan Hurtado signaled the hosts’ attacking intent in the 11th minute with a long-range shot that forced a save out of 1868 FC goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski and the T2 midfielder was celebrating the game’s opening goal just three minutes later when he slipped behind the Reno defense and slotted a left-footed effort into the bottom-left corner. Portland continued to threaten in the early going as Giovanni Calixtro forced another save out of Marcinkowski in the 20th minute, before Seth Casiple provided Reno’s best opportunity of the first half with a 37th-minute free kick that was well saved by T2 goalkeeper Jake Leeker. Casiple turned provider on the hour-mark when he whipped in a delicious cross from the right wing and picked out Daniel Musovski, who headed past Leeker from six yards out to level the contest. Reno took the lead just two minutes later when Casiple stood over another free kick, but this time produced the perfect amount of power and elevation to curl his strike past Leeker and into the top-right corner. Musovski had a great chance to double his tally and put the game on ice in the 75th minute, but Leeker did well to make himself big and keep out the forward’s first-time finish. Marcinkowski made one more key intervention, sticking out a leg to deny Hurtado’s dangers cross-shot as Reno held on for an impressive road win.

USLChampionship.com Man of the Match

Seth Casiple, Reno 1868 FC – Casiple scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a three-minute span of the second half as Reno rallied for an impressive road victory at Providence Park.

san antonio fc (0) v el paso locomotive fc (0)

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC and Locomotive FC settled for a share of the spoils at Toyota Field. The hosts had a golden opportunity to take the lead just after the half-hour mark when El Paso defender Drew Beckie fouled SAFC’s Bradford Jamieson in the box, but Jack Barmby saw the resulting penalty saved by Locomotive FC goalkeeper Logan Ketterer. The visitors came close to opening the scoring in the 26th minute when leading scorer Jerome Kiesewetter placed a first-time side-foot volley off the post and Louis Herrera fired the rebound over Matt Cardone’s crossbar. San Antonio started the second half brightly as Billy Forbes cut inside from the right and tested Ketterer with a low left-footed shot in the 52nd minute, but the hosts were reduced to 10 men just 11 minutes later when Barmby picked up his second yellow card for simulation. El Paso tried to use its newfound advantage to push for a winner but Josué Gómez’s left-footed effort from outside the box sailed over the crossbar and Cardone did well to come off his line and smother Derek Gebhard’s shot in the 90th minute. Cristian Parano had one last opportunity for the hosts four minutes into stoppage time, but the 19-year-old’s left-footed shot just missed the target as the two sides picked up a point apiece.

USLChampionship.com Man of the Match

Logan Ketterer, El Paso Locomotive FC – Ketterer stopped a first-half penalty and made three saves in all to earn his eighth shutout of the season as El Paso earned a point at Toyota Field.

indy eleven (3) v birmingham legion fc (0)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Eleven earned their fifth straight win and stayed unbeaten at home this season with a thorough victory over Legion FC. Indy got off to the perfect start in the seventh minute when Tyler Pasher played a give-and-go with Lucas Farias before slotting a left-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area past Birmingham goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel and into the bottom-right corner for his fourth goal in his last five games. Eddie Opoku tried to get Legion FC back on level terms 11 minutes later with a low right-footed drive from the top of the box, but Indy goalkeeper Jordan Farr was quick to get down stop the shot from sneaking inside his right-hand post. Farr was left shouting at his defenders just after the half-hour mark when Chandler Hoffman played a perfect pass to Opoku on the edge of the six-yard box, but the forward failed to find the target with a first-time finish. The visitors were left to rue their missed opportunities just before halftime when Ayoze’s free kick took a pinball-like deflection off a couple of Birmingham defenders, striking Mathieu Laurent last before finding its way into the back of the net for an own goal. The score remained 2-0 until second-half stoppage time when Thomas Enevoldsen compiled Birmingham’s misery by following up on Alioune Diakhate’s initial effort and sneaking the rebound past Van Oekel to seal a comprehensive win.

USLChampionship.com Man of the Match

Tyler Pasher, Indy Eleven – Pasher scored Indy’s game-winning goal for the fourth time this month and completed 90 percent of his passes as the Eleven moved atop the Eastern Conference standings.

ottawa fury fc (3) v charleston battery (2)

OTTAWA – Mour Samb’s 86th-minute goal gave Fury FC a dramatic home victory over the Battery. The visitors opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Nico Rittmeyer did well to avoid three Ottawa defenders and dig out a left-wing cross for Vincenzo Candela, who headed home into the bottom-left corner. Fury FC responded nine minutes later through captain Carl Haworth, who curled a free kick from the left edge of the penalty area past Battery goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky that looked to have benefitted from a slight deflection off a Charleston defender. Haworth grabbed his second goal of the night to finally break the tie with 16 minutes remaining, popping up at the back post to volley home Christiano François’ shot-cross that perfectly dissected the Battery back line and fell right at the right back’s feet. Tah Anunga forced Ottawa goalkeeper Callum Irving into a save in the 82nd minute as Charleston ramped up the pressure and substitute Zeiko Lewis marked his return from the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup with a goal two minutes later to get the Battery back on level terms. However, the hosts made sure their fans went home happy as Samb popped up at the back post to fire home Haworth’s corner kick in the 86th minute to secure all three points for Ottawa.

USLChampionship.com Man of the Match

Carl Haworth, Ottawa Fury FC – Haworth played a part in all three of Fury FC’s goals, scoring a pair and providing the assist on the game-winner late on as Ottawa’s unbeaten run reached double-digits.

nashville sc (P) v new york red bulls ii (P)

Nashville SC's contest with the New York Red Bulls II was postponed on Wednesday night after heavy thunderstorms caused the game to be suspended at halftime. The date for the rescheduled game will be announced at a future date.

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