Pro soccer for Indianapolis

Indianapolis received good news ahead of hosting tomorrow’s MLS SuperDraft when the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced it as the latest city to be awarded an expansion franchise.

The as-yet unnamed team will becomes the 12th member of the league when it starts play in 2014.

Other NASL teams include defending champion Tampa Bay Rowdies, the Atlanta Silverbacks, San Antonio Scorpions and New York Cosmos.

The club will play its home games at Michael Carroll Stadium, which is located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), but its long-term goal is to construct a stadium in the downtown area.

The franchise is owned by president and chief executive officer of Keystone Construction Corporation, Ersal Ozdemir. He has led efforts along with Peter Wilt, a soccer consultant who will become the team’s president.

IndyProSoccer, the club’s website, is currently asking the public to help pick a name for the team. The name will be announced along with a head coach and player acquisitions in the coming months.

The NASL, which was founded in late 2009 and started play in 2011, has been sanctioned as a Division II professional league by the United States Soccer Federation, placing it just under Major League Soccer in the game’s U.S. hierarchy.  

Defending NASL champion Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Defending NASL champion Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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