Sam Brown | #6
Weight: 168 lbs.
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, MI
Previous club: Real Monarchs SLC (USLC)
With Indy Eleven: Brown was signed by the club on Dec. 21, 2021.
Before Indy Eleven: Prior to turning professional, Brown was a standout at Harvard, where he posted three goals and 12 assists for the Crimson in 62 games. The 2014 Ivy League Rookie of the Year was a two-time All-Ivy League Second Team performer on the field, while in the classroom he completed his studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Brown joins the Boys in Blue after three seasons in the USL Championship with Real Monarchs SLC, where he notched one goal and two assists in 47 appearances (39 starts) while patrolling the central midfield. Brown was selected by the Monarchs’ Major League Soccer parent club, Real Salt Lake, in the first round (17th overall) of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft out of Harvard University.
As a rookie, Brown was a heavy late-season contributor to the 2019 Monarchs side that captured that year’s USL Championship title, making six of his eight regular season appearances – including all four starts – across their final seven games, in which the Monarchs went 4-1-1 in to solidify a Western Conference Playoffs berth. His growing contributions for SLC peaked in 2021, when he started 21 of 23 games, led Real in tackles (53) and tackles won (32), and finished second in passing percentage (83.8%), third in total passes (901), and tied for fifth in clearances (24) and aerial duals won (27).