2016 Roster Taking Shape

Eight "Boys in Blue" confirmed back for next year
Published Dec 3, 2015
Eight “Boys in Blue” Confirmed to Return to Indy Eleven Next Season

Carryovers Part of Numerous Roster Moves Made by Club with 2016 Plans in Mind

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, December 3, 2015) – Less than 24 hours after installing a new head coach in Tim Hankinson, Indy Eleven continued to solidify plans for its 2016 season by announcing several roster transactions this afternoon.

Eight players have seen their contract options picked up by Indy Eleven for the team’s third season of North American Soccer League play next year: defenders Marco Franco, Greg Janicki and Cory Miller; midfielders Dylan Mares, Don Smart and Dragan Stojkov; and forwards Duke Lacroix and Wojciech Wojcik.

“This is a bittersweet yet exciting day for the club as we start to construct our roster in earnest for 2016,” said Hankinson. “The players committed to return will provide a solid foundation for a team that will be full of new faces, play an attacking-friendly style of football and, most importantly, fight for wins and for our fans.”

“Indiana’s Team” declined to pick up options on eight other players: goalkeepers Jon Dawson and Kristian Nicht, defenders Judson McKinney and Erick Norales and midfielders Marvin Ceballos, Daniel Cuevas, Kleberson and Victor Pineda.

“We're pleased to return at least eight quality players who have represented Indy Eleven well,” said Indy Eleven President/General Manager Peter Wilt. “‎I'd like to thank the players whose options we are not picking up and wish them the best for their future. It is a difficult process that requires decisions based on budget, increasing available international slots and improving positional needs.

“These decisions today give us the flexibility to use six international slots and significant budget space to build a team ‎that can compete for the NASL Championship,” Wilt concluded.

Two players, defender Kyle Hyland and D/M Daniel Keller, have seen their contracts with the team expire, while Indy Eleven is continuing contract discussions with two other players, goalkeeper Keith Cardona and midfielder Brad Ring.

In addition, loan arrangements with six players – defender Jaime Frias [C.D. Guadalajara (Chivas), Mexico]; midfielders Sergio Peña (Real Sociedad, Honduras), Dane Richards (New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer) and Zach Steinberger (Houston Dynamo, Major League Soccer); and forwards Brian Brown (Harbour View FC, Jamaica) and Charlie Rugg (Los Angeles Galaxy, Major League Soccer) – have expired.

Season tickets for Indy Eleven’s 2016 NASL campaign are available starting at just $9 per match – if first payment is received by December 31 – at, over the phone at 317-685-1100, and in person at the Indy Eleven front office (47 S. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 611) weekdays from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.