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11 with the Eleven: Keith Cardona


Cardona dives to make a save against Jacksonville Armada FC. - MATT SCHLOTZHAUER/INDY ELEVEN
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  • Cardona dives to make a save against Jacksonville Armada FC.

NUVO: Are you a morning or a night person?

Keith Cardona: I’m going to say morning now that I have a dog and she wakes my girlfriend and I up every morning and thats the sweet she is and it’s really cute so I’ve been in a better mood since I’ve got a puppy.

NUVO: What kind of puppy do you have?

Cardona: She’s a pitbull mix, we really don’t know but she’s small and has a little pit face.

NUVO: Throughout your experience, what would you say is the most important advice for a young goalkeeper?

Cardona: Just work hard every day. Every day it has to be the same level, consistency is key. If you’re the No. 2 work your ass off and if you’re the starting guy work like you’re the No. 2 because nothing is guaranteed. It’s really easy to get complacent at this position because being a goalie you don’t make switches unless someone gets hurt. If you’re the No. 1 goalie, you’re the No. 1 goalie. If you start that game, you finish that game.

NUVO: What is your ideal day off?

Cardona: Before I got the dog it was play golf, 100 percent of the time, every time. And now I take care of the pup and hang out, go on walks. Sometime my girlfriend takes off the same day and we’ll go have a picnic.

NUVO: Who’s your favorite golfer?

Cardona: I want to say Dustin Johnson. I know he does nothing but choke but he hits it beast as do I and I like that about him. And we’re both pretty erratic.

NUVO: If you could switch shoes with one athlete, who is it?

Cardona: [Jordan] Spieth. DJ’s my favorite golfer but if I’m playing a sport I like to win and he’s got it going on.

NUVO: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

Cardona: I did St. Elmo’s with the family, that was incredible. But for a more doable price tag I would say Bluebeard is my favorite restaurant. That and Bru Burger.

NUVO: What’s your go-to burger?

Cardona: I think I’ve tried every one but first off, the chicken fingers there are the best in the world — my girlfriend swears on that. I mix it up but it has to have bacon on it.

NUVO: If you could have any person play you in a movie, who would it be?

Cardona: There’s been a running theme of guys making fun saying I look like Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure so I have to go with Keanu.

NUVO: You’re trying to stroll through the streets looking like the big goalkeeper that you are, what are you driving?

Cardona: Something that not everyone knows about me is that I’m a huge car guy. Can I do an off day car and a daily driver?

NUVO: Go for it.

Cardona: Off day car I want to go with the ’69 Mustang from Gone In 60 Seconds. Then I’d have to go bougie for the second one and get the LaFerrari.

NUVO: One place in the world, where you going?

Cardona: I want to go to Southeast Asia just because I haven’t been and everyone that I’ve talked to that’s been over that way says its the best trip of their life. And apparently it’s a pretty doable vacation on the wallet.


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