Indy Eleven welcomed its first new roster member ahead of the 2020 USL Championship season with today’s signing of USL League One Defender of the Year Conner Antley. Per club policy, terms of the contract that brings the former South Georgia Tormenta FC performer to the Circle City will not be released.
“Indy Eleven really checked all the boxes for me. After speaking to Coach Rennie I got the feeling that Indianapolis is a great city and that I would be on a team that is going to compete for a championship every year, and that is important to me,” said the 24-year-old Antley. “I think leadership and a team’s identity is important, so knowing that Indy has some really key veterans and leaders returning for next season means that identity will remain the same and contribute to another run at a championship. I look forward to contributing myself and helping this team bring some championships to Indy.”
In his first professional season with Tormenta FC in 2019, Antley recorded six goals, six assists and 34 chances created, all of which placed him in League One’s top two amongst defenders in each category. The Atlanta area native also put in plenty of work on the defensive end, as his 201 recoveries were the most by an outfield player in League One, and his 208 duels won ranked third. Antley also finished tied for third among defenders with 49 interceptions and notched 34 chances created.
“Conner brings a great amount of athleticism and versatility to our squad,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “His ability on both sides of the ball really fits our style of play. He’s an immensely talented young player who is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead in 2020.”
The 2017 Mercer University graduate played for South Georgia Tormenta FC’s USL League Two (then PDL) outfit in 2018, and the season prior in the same league with Sounders FC U23, the affiliate team for Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC. While at Mercer, Antley served as a team captain and helped the Bears to a pair of Southern Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances while also twice being named to the SoCon’s All-League First Team.
Like the Boys in Blue listed below, Indy Eleven fans can also guarantee their spot at every game at Lucas Oil Stadium next year by securing a 2020 Season Ticket Membership, available now at IndyEleven.com/season-tickets or by calling 317-685-1100.
Goalkeeper: Jordan Farr, Evan Newton
Defender: Conner Antley, Ayoze, Paddy Barrett, Neveal Hackshaw, Karl Ouimette
Midfielder: Tyler Gibson, Kenney Walker, Matt Watson
Forward: Ilija Ilic