Eleven Adds Frias, Corrado
Indy Eleven Adds Jaime Frias, A.J. Corrado to Roster
Pair of Young Talents Officially Join NASL Side Four Days before Saturday’s Inaugural Game vs. Carolina RailHawks
INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, April 8, 2014) – Indy Eleven Professional Soccer today announced a pair of additions to the team’s roster with the signing of former Indiana University midfielder A.J. Corrado and the acquisition of defender Jaime Frias via a loan deal with Liga MX (Mexican First Division) side Chivas de Guadalajara. Per club policy, terms of both deals will not be announced.
Today’s roster moves come just four days before the club’s Inaugural Game in North American Soccer League play this Saturday, April 12, against the Carolina RailHawks at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET kickoff, live on MyINDY TV-23).
Having joined the club for much of Indy Eleven’s preseason paces as trialists, the two players have become familiar faces in the squad’s preseason lineups. Both players have links to Major League Soccer sides, Frias with Chivas USA and Corrado with the San Jose Earthquakes. The most recent signings bring the Indy Eleven roster to 19 players.
“Our technical staff has been very impressed with both Jaime and A.J. throughout the preseason,” said Indy Eleven President/General Manager Peter Wilt. “Despite their youth we believe both have the ability and demeanor to contribute important minutes for our club right away.”
The addition of Corrado means Indy Eleven have added another dynamic midfield player to the team’s ranks. A well-known central Indiana product, Corrado graduated from Zionsville Community High School and attended Southern Methodist University his freshman year before transferring back to the Hoosier state to join the storied Indiana University Men’s Soccer program. Corrado’s career in Bloomington was a well-decorated one, including his junior season when he led the Big Ten in assists and played a critical role on the 2012 squad that won the program’s eighth College Cup title.
“I couldn’t be happier to be a part of professional soccer coming back to my hometown. I’m really excited with the group that we have and it’s going to be a great team to represent the City of Indianapolis,” said Corrado. “Growing up here I know that the state has so many great clubs at the youth level. It’s important to have a pro team for them to aspire to and I couldn’t be prouder to be part of it.”
After starting every game his senior season and leading the Hoosiers to the 2013 Big Ten Tournament title, Corrado attracted the attention of many MLS sides. He became the first Indiana University player drafted in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft when the San Jose Earthquakes selected him with the 47th overall pick (3rd Round). Corrado joins veterans Mike Ambersley, Chris Estridge and Brad Ring as IU alums on the Indy Eleven roster and is the ninth player signed by the team to be either born, raised or played his collegiate soccer in the Hoosier State.
"With A.J. Corrado being another IU product, we obviously got to see a lot of him over the last year and know full well the potential he possesses," said Juergen Sommer, Indy Eleven Head Coach/Director of Soccer Operations. "Despite joining our camp later in the preseason A.J. was able to fit right into the group. He's a versatile player that can benefit the squad out wide either in defense or the midfield."
Indy Eleven continued to strengthen the squad on the defensive side of the ball by signing the 21-year-old Frias. The youthful and explosive center back brings plenty of experience to Indy’s backline after spending his developmental years with Mexican powerhouse Chivas de Guadalajara and joining its Major League Soccer sister club, Chivas USA, for the back half of their 2013 campaign last July.
“It’s exciting to be playing in a new city at a club that has so many good things going on right now,” said Frias, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. “The group is definitely coming along and we get better every day and every practice. We’ve made a lot of progress since the start of preseason in February and I’m sure it will continue.”
Frias not only adds MLS experience to the squad but also brings a winning mentality to Indy Eleven. While playing in Chivas de Guadalajara’s youth set-up he helped the club’s Third Division team win the 2009/2010 championship and captained the U-20 squad that won the Apertura 2013 crown.
“Jaime Frias is a player we've had a long look at during the preseason, and we are thrilled to officially bring him on board for the start of the Spring Season,” said Sommer. “His time in the Chivas Guadalajara system has provided him with some great experience for a player of his age. We expect he will learn a great deal playing with veterans like Erick Norales and Kristian Nicht.”
About Indy Eleven Professional Soccer
Indy Eleven will kick off its inaugural season in the North American Soccer League (NASL) on April 12, 2014, against the Carolina RailHawks and will play its home contests at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. Born Indy Pro Soccer after launching as the 11th member of the North American Soccer League on January 16, 2013, Indy Eleven established its identity 99 days later on the 152nd anniversary of the establishment of the 11th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War on April 25, 1861.
About the NASL
The North American Soccer League is a professional soccer league established in the United States and Canada. In 2014, expansion newcomers Indy Eleven and Ottawa Fury FC will join Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, reigning Soccer Bowl champion New York Cosmos, Minnesota United FC, San Antonio Scorpions FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies, while Virginia Cavalry FC, Jacksonville Armada and Oklahoma City will commence play in 2015. For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com. Follow the NASL on Twitter @NASLOfficial and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NASLfans.