Indy Eleven

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Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven Logo
Full name Indy Eleven
Founded 2013; 4 years ago (2013)
Stadium Michael Carroll Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana
Ground Capacity 10,524
Owner Ersal Ozdemir
President Jeff Belskus[1]
Head Coach Tim Hankinson
League North American Soccer League
2016 Spring: 1st [2]
Fall: 2nd
Combined: 2nd
Playoffs: NASL Runner-up
Website Club website
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 in 2014.[3] The franchise plays its home games at the 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.[4]

History[edit]

Indy Eleven players during a 2014 fall season league game

Thanks in part to efforts from a grassroots soccer organization, better known as the supporters group Brickyard Battalion, on January 16, 2013, the 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.[5]

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.[6] The team was named after the 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment, an infantry regiment that served with notoriety in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Colonel Lew Wallace commanded the regiment, which was mustered on April 25, 1861. The team name reflects both the culture of the game and pays homage to the history of the state.[7] The number also is an obvious reference to the number of players on the field when at full strength. The number eleven is also important to the world-renowned Indianapolis 500, with the race traditionally featuring eleven rows of cars and drivers and the first race being held in 1911.

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.[8]

Even though the team did not 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 team in NASL history to have a wait list for season tickets.[9][10]

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

On 2 June 2015, Juergen Sommer was fired as manager, with Tim Regan taking over in an interim capacity.[12]

On 2 December 2015, Regan's interim role was ended, with Tim Hankinson being appointed as the clubs manager.[13]

Indy Eleven won the 2016 Spring Championship after an undefeated season. The team, in a game called "The Miracle at the Mike," overturned a three goal tiebreaker deficit to secure its first title.[14]

On January 31, 2017, the Eleven announced that they would seek to join the MLS in the coming year's expansion.[15]

League and cup history[edit]

Season NASL Overall NASL Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Top goalscorer Manager(s) Avg. Attendance
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2014 Spring 10th 9 0 4 5 14 20 4 9th - Fourth Round Brazil Kléberson 8 United States Juergen Sommer 10,465 (1st)
Fall 7th 18 6 5 7 21 26 23
2015 Spring 5th 10 3 4 3 13 12 13 9th - Third Round United States Dylan Mares
Jamaica Brian Brown
5 United States Juergen Sommer
United States Tim Regan
9,809 (1st)
Fall 9th 20 5 5 10 23 36 20
2016 Spring 1st 10 4 6 0 15 8 18 2nd Finals Fourth Round Libya Éamon Zayed 15 United States Tim Hankinson 8,396 (2nd)
Fall 2nd 22 11 4 7 36 25 37
2017 Spring 6th 16 4 8 4 21 22 20 Second Round United States Justin Braun 7 United States Tim Hankinson
Fall

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 (more information below). 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.[16]

Supporters[edit]

Brickyard Battalion[edit]

Brickyard Battalion

The primary supporters group for the Indy Eleven is the Brickyard Battalion and were established on August 3, 2011.[17] The supporters group has its origins in a grassroots campaign to illicit local support for bringing professional soccer to Indianapolis. Membership consists of more than 2,000 supporters, with over 4,000 officially registered supporters throughout the state of Indiana[18]; affiliate chapters in the greater Indianapolis area and beyond include, but are not limited to: Slaughterhouse-19 BYB, Battery 37 BYB and Cologne – Germany BYB (an affiliate chapter based in Cologne, Germany).[19]

Stadium[edit]

In early 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.[10] On January 13, 2015, House Bill 1273 was submitted to the Indiana General Assembly, proposing to pay for the stadium by expanding ticket taxes through 2045 instead of ending in 2023 at a projected $5 million per year[20][better source needed]

Jerseys[edit]

Since its foundation, the team's jerseys were manufactured by Diadora.

Predominantly red, white and blue, the jerseys unveiled on October 1, 2013,[21] 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[22] 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 May 5, 2017.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Cardona, KeithKeith Cardona  United States
3 Defender Watson-Siriboe, KwameKwame Watson-Siriboe  United States
4 Midfielder Ring, BradBrad Ring  United States
6 Midfielder Torrado , GerardoGerardo Torrado  Mexico
7 Midfielder Smart, DonDon Smart  Jamaica
8 Midfielder Henderson, CraigCraig Henderson  New Zealand
9 Forward Zayed, ÉamonÉamon Zayed  Libya
10 Midfielder Ubiparipović, SinišaSiniša Ubiparipović  Bosnia and Herzegovina
12 Defender Vuković, NemanjaNemanja Vuković  Montenegro
13 Defender Manning, AnthonyAnthony Manning  United States
14 Midfielder Thompson, TannerTanner Thompson  United States
15 Defender Keller, DanielDaniel Keller  United States
16 Defender Miller, CoryCory Miller  United States
17 Forward Braun, JustinJustin Braun  United States
18 Goalkeeper Busch, JonJon Busch  United States
19 Forward Speas, BenBen Speas  United States
20 Forward Goldsmith, DavidDavid Goldsmith  England
23 Defender Franco, MarcoMarco Franco  United States
30 Goalkeeper Lomeli, ChristianChristian Lomeli  United States
32 Defender Falvey, ColinColin Falvey  Ireland
33 Midfielder Ables, AdrianAdrian Ables  United States

Staff[edit]

Honors[edit]

League[edit]

Honor Champions Runners-up
North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl 2016
Spring championship 2016[25]
Fall championship

Individual records[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of Match played 19 August 2017
Name Years NASL Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Libya Éamon Zayed 2016–present 21 (48) 0 (2) 1 (2) 22 (52)
2 United States Justin Braun 2016–present 15 (42) 0 (2) 1 (3) 16 (45)
3 United States Dylan Mares 2014–2016 10 (73) 0 (2) 1 (5) 11 (80)
4 Jamaica Don Smart 2014–present 9 (88) 0 (2) 0 (4) 9 (94)
5 Brazil Kléberson 2014–2015 8 (21) 0 (0) 0 (0) 8 (21)
6 United States Mike Ambersley 2014 6 (26) 0 (0) 1 (2) 7 (28)
7 United States Blake Smith 2014 2 (19) 0 (0) 4 (2) 6 (21)
8 United States Victor Pineda 2014–2015 5 (36) 0 (0) 0 (2) 5 (38)
8 Honduras Erick Norales 2014–2015 5 (46) 0 (0) 0 (3) 5 (49)
8 Jamaica Brian Brown 2015 5 (24) 0 (0) 0 (1) 5 (25)
8 Montenegro Nemanja Vuković 2016–present 5 (48) 0 (3) 0 (2) 5 (53)

Most appearances[edit]

As of Match played 19 August 2017
Name Years League Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Jamaica Don Smart 2014–present 88 (9) 2 (0) 4 (0) 94 (9)
2 United States Brad Ring 2014–present 78 (4) 2 (0) 3 (0) 83 (4)
3 United States Dylan Mares 2014–2016 73 (10) 2 (0) 5 (1) 80 (11)
4 United States Marco Franco 2014–present 70 (0) 2 (0) 4 (0) 76 (0)
5 Montenegro Nemanja Vuković 2016–present 48 (5) 2 (0) 3 (0) 53 (5)
6 Libya Éamon Zayed 2016–present 48 (21) 2 (0) 2 (1) 52 (22)
7 United States Jon Busch 2016–present 46 (0) 1 (0) 4 (0) 51 (0)
8 Germany Kristian Nicht 2014–2015 47 (0) 0 (0) 3 (0) 50 (0)
9 Honduras Erick Norales 2014–2015 46 (5) 0 (0) 3 (0) 49 (5)
10 United States Greg Janicki 2015–2016 43 (4) 2 (0) 2 (0) 47 (4)
10 United States Daniel Keller 2016–present 43 (0) 4 (0) 0 (0) 47 (0)

Managerial records[edit]

As of Match played 19 August 2017
Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Juergen Sommer  United States June 11, 2013 June 2, 2015[12] 38 8 13 17 49 63 021.05
Tim Regan (interim)  United States June 2, 2015[12] December 2, 2015[13] 22 7 5 10 26 37 031.82
Tim Hankinson  United States December 2, 2015[13] 57 22 21 14 83 67 038.60 (1) NASL Spring Season
  • Notes:

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.nasl.com/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "NASL Awards Team To Indianapolis". North American Soccer League. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Indy officially lands 12th North American Soccer League Franchise". Indianapolis Star. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hawley, Larry. "Indy Eleven's support grows as first player, jersey are introduced". fox59.com. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Indy Eleven Taking Soccer to the Next Level | North American Soccer League". Nasl.com. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "About Indy Eleven". 
  8. ^ "Indy Eleven's First Player Is A ‘Keeper – Indy Eleven". Indyeleven.com. May 3, 1970. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Indy Eleven ticket sales far exceeding projections", Indianapolis Business Journal, November 11, 2013
  10. ^ a b "Indy Eleven soccer stadium proposal shelved", Indy Star, March 6, 2014.
  11. ^ NASL match center. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  12. ^ a b c "REGAN IN AS INTERIM HEAD COACH". indyeleven.com. Indy Eleven. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c "Tim Hankinson Takes Over Indy Eleven Head Coaching Position". nasl.com. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "Championship Comes to the Circle City!". www.indyeleven.com. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  15. ^ Bennett, Taylor (January 31, 2017). "Indy Soccer Team Applies For MLS Expansion". WFYI. 
  16. ^ "Indy Eleven Identity". Indy Eleven. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  17. ^ "The Brickyard Battalion - About Us". BrickyardBattalion.com. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  18. ^ "The Brickyard Battalion". Indy Eleven. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  19. ^ "The Brickyard Battalion - Affiliate Chapters". BrickyardBattalion.com. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  20. ^ Indiana General Assembly. "House Bill 1273". Indiana General Assembly. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Twitter / IndyEleven: Here's a pic of today's special". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  22. ^ Townsend, Rebecca. "Indy Eleven's new goalie, new jerseys | Sports + Recreation | NUVO News | Indianapolis, IN". Nuvo.net. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ "News". 
  24. ^ "Indy Eleven Management". Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  25. ^ "CHAMPIONSHIP COMES TO THE CIRCLE CITY!". indyeleven.com. Indy Eleven. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 

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