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The Irish influence is proving crucial in the second tier of North American soccer

Colin Falvey and Eamon Zayed have been integral to Indy Eleven’s impressive start to the season.

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THE JOINT-BEST team in the North American Soccer League right now is Indy Eleven and their two Irish players are proving crucial to their success.

The side are captained by Corkman Colin Falvey, who began his career in the League of Ireland before blossoming overseas with stints in New Zealand, India and the US. In 2015, he moved to the NASL, joined the Ottawa Fury and was crucial to their run to the championship final last year.

He moved to Indianapolis in January and was immediately handed the armband.

Alongside him in the squad is another familiar name.

Eamon Zayed, best-known for his time with Bray Wanderers, Drogheda United and Derry City, signed a deal with the club just before Christmas last year and scored twice against the storied New York Cosmos earlier in the campaign.

Zayed

He was on the mark again last night as Indy got the better of league leaders Minnesota United to move joint-top.

Zayed grabbed the first and assisted on their second while Indy added a further two goals to claim a 4-2 victory.

Falvey’s influence can’t be overlooked either.

From 7 games, Indy are the only side still unbeaten in the division and have only allowed six goals.

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