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Indy Eleven Joins USL for the 2018 Season

January 11, 2018 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - Indy Eleven News Release

Strong team, fan support will add to regional rivalries

Indianapolis, Ind. (Jan. 10, 2018) - The United Soccer League today announced the addition of Indy Eleven for the 2018 season. Indy Eleven will join Fresno FC, Las Vegas Lights FC, Nashville SC, North Carolina FC and ATL UTD 2 as new additions for the upcoming USL season.

Founded in 2013, Indy Eleven averaged 9,170 fans per game across its four prior seasons, making it one of the strongest lower-division clubs in North America. From its inception, Indy Eleven has inspired loyalty and enthusiasm from Hoosiers while also boasting one of the most passionate fan clubs in the world of soccer.

Indy Eleven claimed its first trophy in the 2016 Spring season, and its championship pedigree will add another successful organization to a region of the country that also boasts 2017 USL Cup-winner Louisville City FC and perennial powerhouse FC Cincinnati.

"Today, we are delighted to announce the addition of another tremendous organization to the USL," said USL Chief Executive Officer Alec Papadakis. "The work that has been done by owner Ersal Ozdemir and President Jeff Belskus to establish the Indy Eleven in the heartland of America has been incredibly impressive, as has the club's commitment to its fans and local community. Indy Eleven brings all of the qualities that make a club successful in the USL and will add tremendously to the league's rivalries in the region."

"We are excited to begin a new chapter in our club's history as we join the USL for the 2018 season," said Indy Eleven Owner Ersal Ozdemir. "The USL's remarkable growth on and off the field the past few years has gotten the attention of soccer fans everywhere. We look forward to helping the league continue this momentum as its visibility continues to rise both in the United States and around the world."

The USL's tremendous success of 2017 shows no signs of slowing down as the new year begins, with the league's rising prominence being driven by multiple factors, including record attendance, expansion into exciting new markets for professional soccer, increased sponsorship revenue, greater audience reach through USL Productions and more soccer-specific stadiums throughout the league.

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