Last Sunday, the Indiana Blast arrived late at Ezell Park for its game with Nashville. The Blast players, who had played fewer than 48 hours before in a 3-2 home loss to Cincinnati, never seemed to get their legs under them.
The result was a 3-0 Nashville victory.
But the Blast will be rested and ready for the Metros Friday night. It will be the Metros who will have played 48 hours previously (a 5-0 loss Wednesday to the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy in the U.S. Open Cup), and Indiana will be looking for vengeance.
"Last Sunday Indiana was unfortunate to catch us in great form. We are not naive enough to think they will not be out to revenge their 3-0 defeat. They are a decent side and have players who can win games for them, so we must be sure we approach this game in the right manner and treat them with the respect they deserve," Metros coach Brett Mosen said.
The Metros did accomplish something few teams have done in recent weeks by containing Brazilian forward Rodrigo Costa, who earned the league's Player of the Week honor two weeks ago for his two-goal contribution in a 3-2 upset of the Charleston Battery. Against the Metros, Costa was twice stopped on breakaways by close offside calls and found himself under heavy pressure whenever he strayed near the Metros' goal with the ball at his feet.
Friday's game will be the second of four meetings in the Interstate 65 series this year. The Metros are 0-4 against Indiana at Kuntz Stadium and 3-5 versus the Blast overall since Indiana joined the A-League in 1999.
"It will be a team looking for revenge, a fresh team. We've got to overcome the defeat against the Galaxy,