INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Nearly seven weeks have gone by without a loss for the Indy Eleven, a streak that’s made head coach Martin Rennie proud.
“The players have been working hard. We’ve been working a lot and training and putting those things into practice on the field. I think we’ve come together quickly as a group. There are a lot of new players. But we have talented players. I think we understand the league a little bit better as a coaching staff as well,” said Indy Eleven head coach Martin Rennie.
A record of 4-1-0 marks the best start in Indy Eleven history. Much of that is thanks to the play of Eleven striker Dane Kelly.
“My approach to every game is every game I go in, I want to score. If I don’t score and the team wins, I’m OK with that. But my approach is to always score in a game,” said Kelly.
The forward leads the USL in goals scored with 70, a record he extended last week on the road. It was a satisfying acheievement for the 28-year-old.
“It’s wonderful. When you’ve put in the work over the years, then to be recognized as the all-time leading goal scorer, it’s amazing,” said Kelly.
“I think he’s very fast. That’s a great thing for him because it stretches the game a little bit and makes the opponent have to defend a little deeper. He’s a clinical finisher; he gets in good positions. I think also confidence: Once you get confident and start believing in yourself and seeing the ball hit the back of the net, then you get momentum,” said Rennie.
Dane Kelly looks to continue extending his record Sunday on the road against the New York Red Bulls.