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Indy Eleven Acquires Tega Ikoba on Loan from Portland Timbers

March 22, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Indy Eleven News Release

INDIANAPOLIS - Indy Eleven has today announced the addition of forward Tega Ikoba on loan from MLS-side Portland Timbers. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed, and status is pending league and federation approval.

Signed as a Homegrown player for Portland in January 2022, Ikoba made his MLS debut against Sporting Kansas City on May 14, 2022. In his 2023 season debut against Atlanta, Ikoba became the youngest goal scorer in the club's history and went on to make his first MLS start on April 8 against Vancouver. Ikoba has played in six MLS matches, totaling 104 minutes of action.

During the 2020 USL Championship season, Ikoba made seven appearances, including five starts for Timbers2.

Ikoba went on to play in 34 matches, with 22 starts, at the MLS Next Pro level with T2, registering six goals.

Collegiately, Ikoba played one season (2021) at the University of North Carolina, finishing with a team-high six goals and 14 points, and tallying two assists in 19 appearances. For his efforts, he was named to the ACC All-Freshman team.

On the International level, Ikoba was selected to compete for the United States at the 2023 Pan American Games and has been invited to multiple National Team Camps.

Ikoba joins Hunter Sulte in Indianapolis, who was announced on loan from Portland on February 23.

Additionally, the Boys in Blue have added Maverick McCoy as a USL Academy contract signing. McCoy joins five additional players from the club's championship-winning Academy program on the 2024 roster.

McCoy, Benji Chavarria, Cayden Crawford, Nikola Ivetic and Logan Neidlinger helped the club to its third straight U-20 USL Academy Cup Championship over the weekend, going undefeated and holding opponents scoreless over four matches.

Since 2019, Indy Eleven has signed 23 players to USL Academy contracts, making the club one of the premier player development destinations in the USL Championship. In November, the Boys in Blue signed Academy-product Diego Sanchez to his first professional contract after spending three seasons (2021-23) on a USL Academy Contract.

Indy Eleven Roster as of 3-22-24

Goalkeepers (4): Cayden Crawford^, Yannik Oettl, Hunter Sulte*, Hayden Vostal^

Defenders (10): Danny Barbir, Younes Boudadi, Callum Chapman-Page, Adrian Diz Pe, Macca King, Jay Klein, Maverick McCoy^, Logan Neidlinger^, Josh O'Brien, Aedan Stanley

Midfielders (8): Jack Blake, Tyler Gibson, Nikola Ivetic^, Cam Lindley, Ethan O'Brien, Aodhan Quinn, Diego Sanchez, Max Schneider

Forwards (8): Benji Chavarria^, Elliot Collier, Sebastian Guenzatti, Karsen Henderlong, Tega Ikoba*, Douglas Martinez, Roberto Molina, Augi Williams

^USL Academy Contract | *Player on Loan

Indy hosts 2023 Western Conference Champion Sacramento Republic FC at Michael A. Carroll Stadium this Saturday for the 2024 home opener. Single-game tickets are available now for all matches via Ticketmaster. Season Ticket Packages can also be purchased, as well as tickets for groups and hospitality areas. For more information on these options click here. For questions, please email or give us a call at 317.685.1100.

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