INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Indy Eleven returned to action for 2018 nearly unrecognizable. During an off-season filled with questions, the Eleven’s roster was largely turned over and, after four years in the NASL while playing in “The Mike” on the IUPUI campus, have moved to the USL and Lucas Oil Stadium. Gone are the fun of smoke, confetti, and noise makers, but the energy of the Brickyard Battalion remain. There will clearly be an adjustment period for all. The potential for growth is evident and a welcome advancement for the Eleven and soccer in the city of Indianapolis.
The Eleven’s first home game of the season was home in Lucas Oil Stadium versus the nearby and well traveling FC Cincinnati was in front of 17,535 fans dwarfing their old attendance record of 11,048. While the Eleven fell 0-1 due to a goal in the 26th minute by Emery Welshman, they out-shot FCC 19 to 8 and 6 to 2 in shots on target.
The Eleven’s next match is away versus a familiar foe and fellow NASL expats in North Carolina FC next Saturday at 7 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park.
James “J.T.” Cocherell
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