Fort Wayne, Ind. — Fort Wayne FC announced it will host Indy Eleven Academy for a friendly game on May 25th at 7pm in Shields Field Stadium located on the campus of Bishop Dwenger High School.
This will be the first appearance for Indy Eleven at Fort Wayne FC.
“We are very excited for the opportunity for the chance to play a friendly match with the Indy Eleven Academy side,” stated head coach and sporting director, Mike Avery. “Indy Eleven has been a tremendous resource for us and have been very generous with their time and knowledge as we go through our own process of building a professional club. Indy Eleven’s success on and off the field is an aspirational model for Fort Wayne FC, and their willingness to not only help us find our path but to help as we all seek to promote the sport of soccer across the state of Indiana is something we greatly appreciate.”
After establishing a presence in the USL Academy development system last year, Indy Eleven has quickly established its Academy as one of the premier youth development set-ups in the entire United Soccer League. The results speak for themselves, as evidenced by the Indy Eleven Men’s U19s capturing titles at both last December’s USL Academy League Playoffs and last weekend’s USL Academy Cup, where its three additional teams taking part in the competition – Boys U13, Boys U15 and Women’s U19 – also placed second or third in their top-level age group. Indy Eleven’s first-team participating in the USL Championship currently has seven USL Academy Contract players on its roster, including five native Hoosiers, allowing some of the state’s premier young talent to learn and play alongside professionals on a daily basis. The Indy Eleven Academy is helmed by a familiar face in Fort Wayne native and former Canterbury High School and Indiana University standout Phil Presser, who shifted into a newly-created Sporting Director, Academy Operations & W League role for Indy Eleven this past January.
Kickoff starts at 7pm at Shields Field Stadium located on the campus of Bishop Dwenger High School. Tickets go on sale at noon today. Visit fortwaynefc.com and click on ‘Tickets’ to purchase single match, season ticket memberships or Flex Pass 6. Full concessions will be available.
For more information on Fort Wayne FC, follow us on social media @FortWayneFC on Twitter and Instagram, @FortWayneFootballClub on Facebook, or online at www.fortwaynefc.com.
About Fort Wayne FC
Founded in 2019, Fort Wayne FC (FWFC) is an American soccer club based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a member of the United Soccer League (USL), North America’s largest professional soccer organization that oversees the USL Championship, USL League One, USL League Two, USL W, and USL Academy. The club is a member of the USL League Two and competes in the Central Conference – Valley Division. Fort Wayne FC is invested in the Fort Wayne community and strives to make a positive impact through the game of soccer. Visit www.fortwaynefc.com to learn more.
About Indy Eleven Professional Soccer
Since its launch on January 16, 2013, Indy Eleven’s mission – “To win championships with and for the community” – has stayed true to its aim of fielding a team that represents the State of Indiana proudly on and off the field. The 2022 season marks Indy Eleven’s ninth year of play overall and fifth season in the United Soccer League Championship, a 27-team professional soccer league based across the United States. In Fall 2021, the club also announced its first foray into women’s soccer by announcing an entrant into the USL W League ahead of its inaugural 2022 season kicking off in May. In January 2017, Indy Eleven submitted a bid for an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer (MLS), the First Division of pro soccer in the United States and Canada as recognized by U.S. Soccer.