Indy Eleven

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Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven Logo
Full name Indy Eleven
Founded 2013
Stadium Michael Carroll Stadium
Ground Capacity 10,700
Owner Ersal Ozdemir
President Peter Wilt
Head Coach Juergen Sommer
League North American Soccer League
Website Club home page
Current season

Indy Eleven is an American professional soccer team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded in 2013, the team made its debut in the North American Soccer League on April 12, 2014.[1] The official club name, crest and colors were announced on April 25, 2013.

The franchise plays its home games at the recently-renovated Michael Carroll Stadium located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, with long term plans of a new stadium in the city's downtown district.[2] The club's head coach is Juergen Sommer.[3]

History[edit]

Indy Eleven players during a 2014 fall season league game

On January 16, 2013, NASL announced that an Indianapolis expansion team owned by Ersal Ozdemir, CEO of Keystone Group LLC, would join the league in 2014. Ozdemir named Peter Wilt as the team's first President and General Manager, this after the veteran American soccer executive had served in a consulting role to explore the viability of professional soccer in Indianapolis in the three months leading up to the January 2013 announcement.

Indy Eleven's vision is to create a team that is representative of Indiana and creates strong emotional connections with its fans. Those connections will be made with Indiana’s youth and adult soccer community and the active young adult urban and ethnic populations. The makeup of the team will reflect the community, so that it can live up to its slogan of "The World's Game, Indiana's Team". The club sold over 7,000 season tickets for its inaugural 2014 campaign.[4]

The name and club colors were officially revealed to the public on April 25, 2013 during a ceremony held at Indianapolis' Soldiers and Sailors Monument.[5] Indy Eleven named former Indiana University standout, U.S. international and English Premier League and Major League Soccer veteran Juergen Sommer as its first Head Coach/Director of Soccer Operations on June 11, 2013.

On October 1, 2013 the team announced Kristian Nicht as their first signing.[6]

Even though the team didn't begin play until the spring 2014 season, the team announced in November 2013 that it had already sold over 7,000 season tickets, and in capping season ticket sales, became the first NASL team to have a wait list for season tickets.[7][8]

The team made its NASL regular-season debut on April 12, 2014, in a 1–1 draw against the Carolina Railhawks, at home in front of 11,048 fans at Carroll Stadium.[9]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season Division League Reg. Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Attendance
Spring 2014 2 NASL 10th 10,465

Crest[edit]

The name "Eleven" references the eleven men who will take to the field representing Indiana and also pays homage to Indiana's 11th Regiment Indiana Infantry in the American Civil War, while the navy colored checkered background is a nod to both Indianapolis' auto-racing culture and the Brickyard Battalion supporters group which is often credited to bringing pro soccer back in Indianapolis. Lady Victory from the Soldiers' and Sailors' monument is the focal point of the crest. The color scheme is the same as that of the civic flag of Indianapolis.[10]

Stadium[edit]

In spring 2014, Indy Eleven sought to build a new $87 million stadium with a capacity of 18,500 seats, but were not able to build the political support to finance their plan.[8]

Jerseys[edit]

Predominantly red, white and blue, the jerseys unveiled on October 1, 2013,[11] also feature a sublimated checker board pattern paying homage to Indianapolis' rich auto racing heritage centered around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The jerseys will be manufactured by Diadora[12] and Honda is the shirt sponsor.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of August 27, 2014.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Sprenkel, NathanNathan Sprenkel      United States
2 Defender Stone , AndrewAndrew Stone      United States
3 Defender Frías , JaimeJaime Frías (on loan from Guadalajara)     United States
4 Midfielder Ring, BradBrad Ring      United States
5 Defender Norales, ErickErick Norales      Honduras
6 Defender Estridge, ChrisChris Estridge      United States
7 Forward Smart, DonDon Smart      Jamaica
8 Midfielder Kléberson, Kléberson      Brazil
12 Midfielder Corrado , A. J.A. J. Corrado      United States
13 Midfielder Moore , CorbyCorby Moore      England
14 Midfielder Johnson , JermaineJermaine Johnson      Jamaica
15 Forward Ambersley, MikeMike Ambersley      United States
16 Defender Miller, CoryCory Miller      United States
17 Forward Spencer , BenBen Spencer (on loan from Molde)     United States
18 Defender Hyland, KyleKyle Hyland      United States
19 Midfielder Smith, BlakeBlake Smith (on loan from Montreal Impact)     United States
20 Midfielder Peña, SergioSergio Peña (on loan from Real Sociedad)     Honduras
21 Defender Franco, MarcoMarco Franco (on loan from Chicago Fire)     United States
22 Midfielder Mares, DylanDylan Mares      United States
23 Defender Okiomah, FejiroFejiro Okiomah      United States
24 Goalkeeper Nicht, KristianKristian Nicht (Captain)     Germany
27 Midfielder Pineda, VictorVictor Pineda (on loan from Chicago Fire)     United States
35 Goalkeeper Dawson , JonJon Dawson      United States
88 Forward Jhulliam , Jhulliam      Brazil

Staff[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Records[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Pos. Name Nation Career NASL Playoffs USOC Total
1 Midfielder KlebersonJosé Kléberson  Brazil 2014– 8 8
2 Forward Ambersley, MikeMike Ambersley  United States 2014– 5 1 6
Midfielder Smith, BlakeBlake Smith  United States 2014– 2 4 6
3 Forward Spencer, BenBen Spencer  United States 2014– 2 2
Defender Norales, ErickErick Norales  Honduras 2014– 2 2
Forward Smart, DonDon Smart  Jamaica 2014– 2 2
Midfielder Johnson, JermaineJermaine Johnson  Jamaica 2014– 2 2
4 Midfielder Ring, BradBrad Ring  United States 2014– 1 1
Midfielder Mares, DylanDylan Mares  United States 2014– 1 1

Last Updated: September 8, 2014.[citation needed]
USOC = US Open Cup;
Bolded players are currently on the Indy Eleven roster.

  • Ambersley scored the first official goal for the team.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NASL Awards Team To Indianapolis". North American Soccer League. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Indy officially lands 12th North American Soccer League Franchise". Indianapolis Star. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Juergen Sommer to Lead Indy Eleven as Director of Soccer Operations and Head Coach". www.Indy Eleven.com. June 11, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hawley, Larry. "Indy Eleven’s support grows as first player, jersey are introduced". fox59.com. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Indy Eleven Taking Soccer to the Next Level | North American Soccer League". Nasl.com. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Indy Eleven’s First Player Is A ‘Keeper – Indy Eleven". Indyeleven.com. May 3, 1970. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Indy Eleven ticket sales far exceeding projections", Indianapolis Business Journal, November 11, 2013
  8. ^ a b "Indy Eleven soccer stadium proposal shelved", Indy Star, March 6, 2014.
  9. ^ NASL match center. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Indy Eleven Identity". Indy Eleven. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Twitter / IndyEleven: Here's a pic of today's special". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ Townsend, Rebecca. "Indy Eleven's new goalie, new jerseys | Sports + Recreation | NUVO News | Indianapolis, IN". Nuvo.net. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Indy Eleven Roster". indyeleven.com. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Eleven adds Frias, Corrado". indyeleven.com. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Indy Eleven Add Midfielder Sergio Peña". indyeleven.com. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ ""JJ" Joins Eleven". indyeleven.com. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Indy Eleven Signs Forward Jhulliam to Roster". indyeleven.com. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Eleven Inks Defender Cory Miller". indyeleven.com. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Indy Eleven Management". Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Indy Eleven NASL: Juergen Sommer". Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Indy Eleven NASL: Tim Regan". Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Indy Eleven Management". Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ http://www.indyeleven.com/news/detail/lang/EN/uuid/1cxg7l9zzq2k1q8bd5l37f46f/preview-indy-eleven-vs-carolina-railhawks#.U8SXE7Gumuo

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