INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indy Eleven held its first tryout Tuesday as its initial step to assemble a roster for its inaugural 2014 season.
Tuesday morning’s session was the first of two the team has planned at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium for July.
“We’re probably a little bit ahead of the schedule where we are today based on the interest we’ve had for the tryouts,” head coach Juergen Sommer said. “We were anticipating 75 to 100 applicants. I think we finished somewhere around the 250 range.”
Thirty-six of those 250 applicants were on the field Tuesday, 32 of which are from Indiana.
“For me right now is to find that quality of player, maybe if they’re not as polished today as they need to be, but they showed the intangible pieces and character that we’re looking for in the team they definitely have a place on this team,” Sommer said. “We did see that in some of the Indiana kids.”
Former Carmel High School All-American and University of Evansville star Robby Lynch was among the players.
“Being back in our area and wanting to stay at home, it’s really nice to be able to represent our state and our community and show Indiana is a soccer state and we want to be there for a long time to come,” Lynch said.
Also in the mix was Nathan Sprenkel, a former Zionsville High School and Depauw University stand out.
“You want to represent your state,” Sprenkel said. “You can tell the club is doing things the right way and to be a part of this organization would just be fantastic. I really couldn’t think of anything better.”
The team plans to invite 36 additional players for a tryout session on July 24-25, after that they will narrow the list and plan further tryout sessions in the fall.