“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.”