On December 19, Peter Wilt, the president and general manager of the North American Soccer League's Indy Eleven, met with NUVO's Rebecca Townsend (an incurable soccer fan in her own right) to discuss the progress made over the past 12 months in building a professional soccer team for Indianapolis.
The meeting marked the one-year anniversary of their first interview, when the team was still more conceptual exercise than concrete reality.
After having sold 7,000 season tickets, the Eleven has marked several other milestones this month, including the addition of two local players, one international player and an assistant coach to the roster, plus major partnerships with two military groups.
Retired goalie Juergen Sommer has seen a lot of high-level soccer in his career - from vantage points on a championship-winning IU team, the U.S. National Team during two World Cups, the English Premiere League and MLS.
Prior to beginning their regular season on April 12, Indy Eleven will take on I.U., University of Louisville, and - this Saturday night - the Tourbeau Soccer Academy in Westfield. Oh, yes ... did we mention the Chicago Fire?
If you don't have your tickets yet for the Indy Eleven opening game on April 12, you may be out of luck! Single-game tickets are on-sale now and moving fast. Also ... how about an Indy Eleven / I.U. match? Or maybe Notre Dame?
Indy Eleven helped line up new inflatable goals donations from Evansville based Goalrilla for use across the city Saturday in more than 100 pick up games. They also announced three new players, and an official brewery for their games.
Indy Eleven Head Coach Juergen Sommer offers a few post-practice thoughts the afternoon before his team's inaugural home per-season opener against the Tourbeau Soccer Club at Westfield High, 7 p.m. March 15.