Indy Eleven to join USL, likely to play at Lucas Oil Stadium

Nipun Chopra, staff writer

INDIANAPOLIS — Multiple sources inform Soc Takes that Indy Eleven will play in the United Soccer League (USL) during the 2018 season.

The decision was finalized this morning (Jan. 5) and is expected to be announced late next week by USL, along with the USL schedule for the 2018 season.

Soc Takes understands that Indy Eleven ownership was locked in negotiations with the city to find an alternate stadium solution to IUPUI’s Carroll stadium, the home of the team since its inception.

Unless unexpected changes occur, Indy Eleven will play its home games at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2018, the home of the Indianapolis Colts.

Soc Takes understands the league will ensure that Indy Eleven’s early fall games do not conflict with Colts’ preseason games which tend to be held on Saturdays.

The club is expected to pay the $25,000 “operational withdrawal” fee for leaving the NASL after the loss of second-division status.

Before the announcement of Indy Eleven as its newest franchise, the USL is expected to announce Memphis as an expansion team on Monday.

The future of the NASL remains in the balance as they await a decision on their appeal.

No change in ownership is expected for the Indy Eleven as they join the USL.

(Note: Contrary to much speculation, Soc Takes understands that Jacksonville Armada will not be joining the USL.)

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