Indy Eleven tapped into the pipeline of talent from Indiana with its latest signing, Auburn native Rece Buckmaster. Terms of the contract that bring the third-year pro and ex-Indiana University defender back home to Indiana will not be released, per club policy.
The 24-year-old Buckmaster became the 13th player signed to the Eleven’s 2021 roster, and the third newcomer alongside fellow defender Jared Timmer and forward Cal Jennings, the latter a teammate last season with Memphis 901 FC. The team’s roster as it currently stands:
* returning player from 2020 roster
Discussions with additional players are ongoing, and the club will make more roster transactions official in the coming days and weeks. To keep track of Indy Eleven’s roster as its fourth campaign in the USL Championship approaches, visit indyeleven.com/2021-roster.
“I’m really excited to join Indy Eleven and for the opportunity to come back to Indiana and play soccer in this great state,” exclaimed Buckmaster. “This team is really deep, and I’m just excited to be a part of it and to help achieve all the goals we can this year, hopefully ending with a USL Championship title!”
Buckmaster began his professional career with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls after being selected 32nd overall in the 2nd Round of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. After making six appearances in MLS action for the Red Bulls and starting 17 of his 19 games played with NY Red Bulls II in the USL Championship during his rookie season, Buckmaster joined Memphis 901 FC alongside Jennings for the restart of the 2020 regular season last July. The versatile defender contributed a goal and assist from his outside back position for Memphis while starting all 14 of his appearances for the side’s sophomore season.
“Rece is another young player who brings great energy and effort into the squad. He can excel as a defender and in central midfield, and we’re always excited to add a player with that kind of versatility to our roster,” Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie said of Buckmaster. “He is emblematic of the rising level of talent being cultivated in our state, and we are proud bring Rece home to represent Indiana’s Team both on and off the field.”
Buckmaster has connections with the Hoosier State’s most decorated soccer programs. After winning state championships with powerhouse Canterbury H.S. in Fort Wayne his freshman and sophomore seasons, Buckmaster suited up for two years with Westfield-based Indiana Fire Academy in US Soccer Development Academy play before landing at Indiana University in 2015.
He was a steady contributor during his first two seasons for IU before becoming a stalwart in Head Coach Todd Yeagley’s first-choice XI his junior and senior campaigns, eventually starting 53 of his 82 collegiate appearances while adding five goals and 12 assists. Buckmaster – who joins one other IU product on the current Eleven roster, forward Josh Penn – ended his time in Bloomington on a high note, his four-goal, three-assist output and anchoring of one of the NCAA’s top defenses earning him a 2018 All-Big Ten Second Team nod following his senior season.
Fans can hear more from Buckmaster & Rennie when they join host Greg Rakestraw on this weekend’s edition of Soccer Saturday, airing live on 107.5/93.5 The Fan at 9:00 a.m. and available for download shortly afterwards on most popular podcast platforms.
Want to watch Rece and the rest of the Boys in Blue in action in 2021? For just a $25 per seat deposit, 2021 Season Ticket Memberships can be yours! Learn more and secure seats for this season by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or calling 317-685-1100.