The Cosmos accrued only one point in back-to-back matches with Indy Eleven. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)

INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Eleven used some smarts and some braun to beat the Cosmos Saturday night, that is Justin Braun and Don Smart, that is.

Braun snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the 75th minute to boost Indy to a 2-1 victory over the Cosmos in a North American Soccer League game before a crowd of 8,748 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

The loss dropped the Cosmos (5-4-6, 21 points) to fourth place in the spring standings, while Indy (3-4-8, 17) remained in sixth place. Last week New York salvaged a 1-1 home draw with Eleven.

“Today we showed great spirit,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “Under different circumstances, the game could have been ours.”

Smart had given Indy a 1-0 lead with a 15th minute penalty kick past goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer before Emmanuel Ledesma equalized in the 27th minute off an Eric Calvillo assist past keeper Jon Busch.

Braun headed home a Nemanja Vukovic corner kick with 15 minutes remaining in regulation as Indy held on for the win.

Vukovic went on a solo run in the 87th minute, trying for an insurance goal, but Maurer denied the Indy player.

The Cosmos visit FC Edmonton next Saturday at 9 p.m. The team returns to MCU Park in Brooklyn, N.Y. to take on Miami FC Saturday, July 29 at 7 p.m., when they open the fall season.


Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at