Crown Point Native Alex Svetanoff Joins Indy Eleven as Latest USL Academy Player
Goalkeeper Joins Growing List of Hoosier State Prospects Developing Career with Indiana’s Team
INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, July 17, 2020) – Indy Eleven continued its focus on the development of Hoosier homegrown talent with today’s signing of Crown Point-native Alex Svetanoff.
Per club policy, terms of the USL Academy contract that brings the 17-year-old goalkeeper south from “The Region” to the Circle City will not be disclosed. In joining the club as a USL Academy signing – Indy Eleven’s sixth such prospect since the start of the 2019 season – Svetanoff retains his future NCAA eligibility.
Svetanoff has been training with Indiana’s Team in recent weeks and will be available for selection starting with tomorrow night’s 7:00 p.m. contest against Sporting Kansas City II. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium remain available at indyeleven.com, and fans can also follow live on WISH-TV, ESPN+ and Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com.
“I am very excited to begin playing and to really grow here with Indy Eleven,” said Svetanoff. “Playing with such great guys and great footballers will make this a time for me to develop both as a person and as a goalkeeper.”
Svetanoff began his youth soccer career with Indiana Elite in his hometown of Crown Point before jumping south to Westfield to go between the sticks for Indiana Fire Academy in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) system, appearing in 11 matches during their 2019-20 campaign, including nine starts. Svetanoff has represented Indiana Fire at every level beginning with their U15’s back in 2017-18, appearing in 30 total matches for their various sides. Before joining the Indiana Fire Academy, Svetanoff also enjoyed a standout freshman year at Crown Point H.S., conceding only two goals during his 13 starts.
“Alex is a talented player with great athleticism and a great personality – he seems to already be a really good fit with our group,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “This will be a great situation for him to serve as our third goalkeeper and get some valuable minutes in during training while pushing our top two ‘keepers.”
Svetanoff’s signing brings the current Indy Eleven roster to 26 players, including three other USL Academy contract players in Holden Brown, Kyle Folds, and Emerson Nieto. That trio will soon join their respective collegiate programs – Nieto and Folds to Indiana University and Brown to the University of Virginia – potentially opening the door for other Academy players to get a look with Indiana’s Team.
Alex Svetanoff | #27
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birthplace: Valparaiso, Ind.
Hometown: Crown Point, Ind.
Acquired: 07/17/2020 (USL Academy Contract)
Previous club: Indiana Fire Juniors (USSDA)
2020 Indy Eleven Roster
Goalkeeper: Holden Brown, Jordan Farr, Evan Newton, Alex Svetanoff
Defender: Conner Antley, Ayoze, Paddy Barrett, Felicien Dumas, Neveal Hackshaw, Mitch Osmond, Karl Ouimette
Midfielder: Drew Conner, Kyle Folds, Tyler Gibson, Macauley King, Cameron Lindley, Emerson Nieto, Kenney Walker, Matt Watson
Forward: Andrew Carleton, Yeferson Contreras, Carl Haworth, Ilija Ilic, Nick Moon, Tyler Pasher, Jeremy Rafanello