“A prominent local developer has big plans to bring professional soccer to Indianapolis,” the Indianapolis Business Journal reported on Tuesday, 15 January. The Journal said that:

Keystone Group President Ersal Ozdemir is expected to unveil a big part of his plan at a press conference at the JW Marriott Wednesday. He’s scheduled to be joined by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Deron Kintner,

Ozdemir said he will reveal plans to launch a team in the North American Soccer League—the top feeder league to Major League Soccer—in 2014.

He has hired the former founding general manager of the MLS’s Chicago Fire, Peter Wilt, to lead the initiative and is looking for investors to defray start-up and operational costs. IBJ first reported on the effort in November.

Ozdemir is looking for patient investors.

“The people that get in have to realize they’re going to lose money for some time,” he said. “We want to build this franchise the right way. This is a long-term investment, a community investment.”

Read the rest of the Journal’s report.

3 Responses to “Big Plans To Bring Pro Soccer To Indy”

  1. Todd C says:

    Here is my plea.
    To some Indianapolis is taking on a huge risk making another attempt at a professional soccer team. Ersal Ozdemir has stepped forward boldly to take this risk and I applaud him. In conversation with Peter Wilt and the first group of supporters,BYB, Indianapolis is ready. I have anticipated this team for some time now and it is national news. We are making more global noise for our city. We are daring and taking risks.
    My point. This city has a history of racing. Those early men who raced were considered daredevils. We have a history of soccer with Daredevils. Much like New York returning with the Cosmos, I say we bring back the Daredevils.
    It unifies what we are about to do. Atop the stadium entrance “Where Indy Dares”. A risk worth taking. Indianapolis Daredevils!

  2. Sam Propst says:

    Now I finally have a soccer career to look forward to when I get older. Plus I would most likely get picked I mean how many people play goalie at twelve.

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