Coach Juergen Sommer is ready to win 

Indy Eleven Head Coach Juergen Sommer instructs players on Friday afternoon, the day before the team's first preseason opening. Note the new seating construction in the background. The game at Carroll will be against Sommer's alma mater, Indiana University. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Indy Eleven Head Coach Juergen Sommer instructs players on Friday afternoon, the day before the team's first preseason opening. Note the new seating construction in the background. The game at Carroll will be against Sommer's alma mater, Indiana University.
  • Rebecca Townsend


Indy Eleven Head Coach Juergen Sommer shared a few post-practice thoughts with NUVO on the afternoon before his team's inaugural home per-season opener against the Tourbeau Soccer Club.

Following Saturday's Goals for Indy celebrations at 100 locations across town, fans will be flocking north for Indy Eleven's 7 p.m. kickoff against Tourbeau Soccer Academy. The match is at Westfield High School, 18250 N. Union St. Parking is free and food trucks will be on site for sustenance. Tickets are, of course, $11; only 1,000 will be sold.

Practice chants with this recording made by the Slaughterhouse-19 BYB contigent: https://soundcloud.com/slaughterhouse-nineteen/sets/westfield-friendly-3-15-14. They'll be tailgating Saturday night beginning at 6:15.

"We could really see the flower start to grow here," Coach Juergen Sommer said.

"We had a word with the players out there today: Now it's for real, now they're pros, now they're signed here at the Indy Eleven. Now we're hired to go out and come together as a group and win games. I think once our group starts to put the uniform on and take the field, that will take care of itself as we get the ball out and play these games.

"I know the I.U. guys will be excited to play us. So they'll bring some energy and some pride to the table, too, but we're confident when the whistle blows and pride and reputation are at stake, we've got some good players out there that will step up and get the job done."





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