Indy Eleven

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Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven Logo
Full name Indy Eleven
Founded 2013
Stadium Michael Carroll Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana
Ground Capacity 12,111
Owner Ersal Ozdemir
President Jeff Belskus[1]
Head Coach Tim Hankinson
League North American Soccer League
2016 Spring: 1st [2]
Fall: N/A
Combined: 1st
Playoffs: Qualified(Spring Season)[2]
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 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]

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 NASL team 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, 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]

League and cup history[edit]

Season NASL Overall U.S. Open Cup Top goalscorer Managers 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
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
Fall 9th 20 5 5 10 23 36 20
2016 Spring 1st 10 4 6 0 15 8 18 Fourth Round 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. 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.[15]

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[16][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,[17] 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[18] 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 June 15, 2016.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Cardona, KeithKeith Cardona      United States
2 Defender Shaffer , NeilNeil Shaffer      United States
3 Midfielder Torrado , GerardoGerardo Torrado      Mexico
4 Midfielder Ring, BradBrad Ring      United States
5 Defender Palmer, LovelLovel Palmer      Jamaica
6 Midfielder Mares, DylanDylan Mares      United States
7 Midfielder Smart, DonDon Smart      Jamaica
8 Midfielder Paterson, NickiNicki Paterson      Scotland
9 Forward Zayed, ÉamonÉamon Zayed      Libya
10 Midfielder Ubiparipović, SinišaSiniša Ubiparipović      Bosnia and Herzegovina
12 Defender Janicki, GregGreg Janicki      United States
14 Forward Lacroix, DukeDuke Lacroix      United States
15 Midfielder Keller, DanielDaniel Keller      United States
16 Defender Miller, CoryCory Miller      United States
18 Goalkeeper Busch, JonJon Busch      United States
20 Forward Braun, JustinJustin Braun      United States
23 Defender Franco, MarcoMarco Franco      United States
24 Forward Reinoso, JairJair Reinoso      Colombia
32 Defender Falvey, ColinColin Falvey      Ireland
33 Midfielder Larrea, GorkaGorka Larrea      Spain
82 Midfielder Vuković, NemanjaNemanja Vuković      Montenegro
91 Forward Gordon, OmarOmar Gordon (on loan from Montego Bay United)     Jamaica
99 Forward Youla, SouleymaneSouleymane Youla      Guinea

Players on loan[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
19 Forward Wojcik, WojciechWojciech Wojcik (on loan to Oklahoma City Energy FC)     Poland

Staff[edit]

Management

Coaches

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

NASL Spring Season (1)
2016[29]

Individual records[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of Match played 20 August 2016
Name Years NASL Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Libya Éamon Zayed 2016–present 12 (20) 00 0(0) 01 0(2) 13 (22)
2 Brazil Kléberson 2014–2015 8 (21) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 8 (21)
2 United States Dylan Mares 2014–present 7 (63) 00 0(0) 01 0(5) 8 (68)
4 United States Mike Ambersley 2014 6 (26) 00 0(0) 01 0(2) 7 (28)
4 Jamaica Don Smart 2014–present 7 (63) 00 0(0) 00 0(4) 7 (67)
6 United States Blake Smith 2014 2 (19) 00 0(0) 04 0(2) 6 (21)
7 United States Victor Pineda 2014–2015 5 (36) 00 0(0) 00 0(2) 5 (38)
7 Honduras Erick Norales 2014–2015 5 (46) 00 0(0) 00 0(3) 5 (49)
7 Jamaica Brian Brown 2015 5 (24) 00 0(0) 00 0(1) 5 (25)
7 United States Justin Braun 2016–present 4 (17) 00 0(0) 01 0(2) 5 (19)

Most appearances[edit]

As of Match played 20 August 2016
Name Years League Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 United States Dylan Mares 2014–present 63 (6) 00 (0) 05 (1) 68 (7)
2 Jamaica Don Smart 2014–present 63 (7) 00 (0) 04 (0) 67 (7)
3 Germany Kristian Nicht 2014–2015 47 (0) 00 (0) 03 (0) 50 (0)
3 United States Brad Ring 2014–present 48 (2) 00 (0) 02 (0) 50 (2)
5 Honduras Erick Norales 2014–2015 46 (5) 00 (0) 03 (0) 49 (5)
6 United States Marco Franco 2014–present 45 (0) 00 (0) 03 (0) 48 (0)
7 United States Cory Miller 2014–present 39 (0) 00 (0) 01 (0) 40 (0)
7 United States Greg Janicki 2015–present 4 (38) 00 0(0) 00 0(2) 4 (40)
9 United States Victor Pineda 2014–2015 36 (5) 00 (0) 02 (0) 38 (5)
10 United States Jaime Frías 2014–2015 37 (2) 00 (0) 00 (0) 37 (2)
10 United States Kyle Hyland 2014–2015 35 (1) 00 (0) 02 (0) 37 (1)

Managerial records[edit]

As of Match played 20 August 2016
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 21.05
Tim Regan (interim)  United States June 2, 2015[12] December 2, 2015[13] 22 7 5 10 26 37 31.82
Tim Hankinson  United States December 2, 2015[13] 22 11 8 3 35 21 50.00 (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. ^ a b http://www.nasl.com/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  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". 
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  10. ^ a b "Indy Eleven soccer stadium proposal shelved", Indy Star, March 6, 2014.
  11. ^ NASL match center. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
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  14. ^ "Championship Comes to the Circle City!". www.indyeleven.com. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  15. ^ "Indy Eleven Identity". Indy Eleven. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ Indiana General Assembly. "House Bill 1273". Indiana General Assembly. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Twitter / IndyEleven: Here's a pic of today's special". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ Townsend, Rebecca. "Indy Eleven's new goalie, new jerseys | Sports + Recreation | NUVO News | Indianapolis, IN". Nuvo.net. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Indy Eleven Roster". indyeleven.com. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
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  21. ^ "Indy Eleven Add Midfielder Sergio Peña". indyeleven.com. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ ""JJ" Joins Eleven". indyeleven.com. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Indy Eleven Signs Forward Jhulliam to Roster". indyeleven.com. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Eleven Inks Defender Cory Miller". indyeleven.com. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Eleven Add Charlie Rugg at Deadline". indyeleven.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Signings Continue With Forward Souleymane Youla". indyeleven.com. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
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  28. ^ "Indy Eleven Management". Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  29. ^ "CHAMPIONSHIP COMES TO THE CIRCLE CITY!". indyeleven.com. Indy Eleven. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 

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