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Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven Logo
Full nameIndy Eleven
Nickname(s)The Boys in Blue[citation needed]
Founded2013; 5 years ago (2013)
StadiumLucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana
Capacity62,421
OwnerErsal Ozdemir
PresidentJeff Belskus[1]
Head CoachMartin Rennie
LeagueUSL Championship
20187th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals
WebsiteClub 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, before moving to the USL Championship in 2018.[2][3] The franchise plays its home games at Lucas Oil Stadium, 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 at home in front of 11,048 fans at Carroll Stadium.[11]

On June 2, 2015, Juergen Sommer was fired as manager, with Tim Regan taking over in an interim capacity.[12] Regan's interim role ended on December 2 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 Major League Soccer during the league's expansion efforts for teams to join by 2020.[15] The Eleven were passed over in the initial 2017 bidding.

On November 28, 2017, the Eleven announced that Tim Hankinson would not be returning as manager for the 2018 season.[16]

On January 10, 2018, the Eleven announced they had left the NASL and joined the United Soccer League for the 2018 season.[17] Martin Rennie was then named as the Eleven's new head coach on January 16.[18]

League and cup history[edit]

Season League Overall Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Top goalscorer Manager(s) Avg. Attendance
Div. Pos. GP W D L GS GA P Name League
2014 NASL Spring 10th 9 0 4 5 14 20 4 9th Fourth Round Brazil Kléberson 8 United States Juergen Sommer 10,465
NASL Fall 7th 18 6 5 7 21 26 23
2015 NASL 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
NASL Fall 9th 20 5 5 10 23 36 20
2016 NASL Spring 1st 10 4 6 0 15 8 18 2nd Final Fourth Round Libya Éamon Zayed 15 United States Tim Hankinson 8,396
NASL Fall 2nd 22 11 4 7 36 25 37
2017 NASL Spring 6th 16 4 8 4 21 22 20 6th Second Round Libya Éamon Zayed 11 United States Tim Hankinson 8,395
NASL Fall 8th 16 3 4 9 18 34 13
2018 USL 7th, Eastern 34 13 10 11 45 42 49 16th Conference Quarterfinals Second Round United States Jack McInerney 10 Scotland Martin Rennie 10,163

Crest[edit]

The name "Eleven" references the eleven men who 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.[19]

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.[20] The supporters group has its origins in a grassroots campaign to elicit 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;[21] 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).[22]

Stadium[edit]

Indy Eleven play their home matches at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Downtown Indianapolis.

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[23][better source needed]

In 2018, the club announced that they will play their home matches at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium will continue to be used as a secondary venue for if the home matches may need to be moved due to potential scheduling conflicts with Lucas Oil Stadium.[24]

Jerseys[edit]

Predominantly red, white and blue, the jerseys unveiled on October 1, 2013,[25] also featured a sublimated checker board pattern paying homage to Indianapolis' rich auto racing heritage centered around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The jerseys were manufactured by Diadora[26] and Honda was the primary sponsor.

The jerseys used since the 2017 season are manufactured by Adidas with Honda remaining the sponsor.

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2014–2016 Italy Diadora Honda
2017–present Germany Adidas

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of October 21, 2018[27]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Owain Fôn Williams (on loan from Inverness Caledonian Thistle)  Wales
2 Midfielder Dylan Mares  United States
3 Defender Tyler Pasher  Canada
4 Midfielder Brad Ring  United States
5 Defender Reiner Ferreira  Brazil
6 Midfielder Nico Matern  Germany
7 Defender Ayoze  Spain
8 Midfielder Matt Watson  England
9 Forward Eugene Starikov  United States
10 Midfielder Ben Speas  United States
12 Midfielder Amass Amankona  Ghana
14 Forward Soony Saad  Lebanon
16 Midfielder Juan Guerra  Venezuela
17 Forward Justin Braun  United States
18 Midfielder Seth Moses  United States
19 Defender Carlyle Mitchell  Trinidad and Tobago
20 Defender Karl Ouimette  Canada
21 Defender Brad Rusin  United States
22 Defender Kevin Venegas  United States
23 Midfielder Zach Steinberger  United States
25 Goalkeeper Jordan Farr  United States
27 Midfielder Nathan Lewis  Trinidad and Tobago
99 Forward Jack McInerney  United States

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Scotland Martin RennieHead Coach
  • Canada Phillip Dos Santos – Assistant Coach
  • United States David Dixon – Assistant Coach
  • England Andy Swift – Goalkeeper Coach

Honors[edit]

National
Competitions Titles Seasons
NASL Spring championship 1 2016[28]

Player records[edit]

Appearances[edit]

As of October 20, 2018
Name Years Signed from League Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Total
1 United States Brad Ring 2014–present Portland Timbers 109 2 4 115
2 Jamaica Don Smart 2014–2017 RVA FC 95 2 4 101
3 United States Dylan Mares 2014–2016
2018–present
Indiana Hoosiers
Miami FC 2
85 2 5 92
4 United States Marco Franco 2014
2015–2017
Chicago Fire 82 2 4 88
5 United States Justin Braun 2016–present Sacramento Republic 58 2 4 64
Montenegro Nemanja Vuković 2016–2017 Sacramento Republic 59 2 3 64
7 Libya Éamon Zayed 2016–2017 Sabah 59 2 2 63
8 United States Jon Busch 2016–2017 Chicago Fire 59 2 1 62
9 Republic of Ireland Colin Falvey 2016–2017 Ottawa Fury FC 52 2 1 55
United States Cory Miller 2014–2017 Los Angeles Blues 54 0 1 55

Bold denotes players still playing for the club.

Goals[edit]

Éamon Zayed scored 27 goals in 63 games during his two years with the club
As of October 20, 2018
Name Years Signed from League Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Total
1 Libya Éamon Zayed 2016–2017 Sabah 26 0 1 27
2 United States Justin Braun 2016–present Sacramento Republic 18 0 1 19
3 United States Dylan Mares 2014–2016
2018–present
Indiana Hoosiers
Miami FC 2
12 0 1 13
4 United States Jack McInerney 2018–present LA Galaxy 10 0 0 10
Jamaica Don Smart 2014–2017 RVA FC 10 0 0 10
6 Brazil Kléberson 2014–2015 Bahia 8 0 0 8
7 United States Mike Ambersley 2014 Minnesota United 6 0 1 7
United States Ben Speas 2017–present Minnesota United 7 0 0 7
9 United States Blake Smith 2014 Montreal Impact 2 0 4 6
United States Eugene Starikov 2018–present New York Cosmos 6 0 0 6

Bold denotes players still playing for the club.

Managerial records[edit]

As of October 20, 2018
Name From To P W D L GS GA %W Honors
United States Juergen Sommer June 11, 2013 June 2, 2015[12] 38 8 13 17 49 63 021.05
United States Tim Regan (interim) June 2, 2015[12] December 2, 2015[13] 22 7 5 10 26 37 031.82
United States Tim Hankinson December 2, 2015[13] November 28, 2017[16] 69 24 24 21 94 89 034.78 (1) NASL Spring Season
Scotland Martin Rennie January 16, 2018[18] 36 13 10 13 46 47 036.11
  • Notes:

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

References[edit]

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