INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indy Eleven are watching the World Cup closely.
The NASL expansion team is currently on break until the tournament wraps up next month. Some players and coaches have been taking part in watch parties around the city.
They’ll resume practices later this week to get back into the swing of things.
Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer, who’s seen his sport’s popularity rise every four years told 24-Hour News 8 the World Cup gives club teams a real bump.
“The timing’s great, opening our franchise during the summer of a World Cup,” said Sommer. “We’re fortunate to ride the interest for the sport, especially on a world wide stage and the success of the men’s team just gathers more interest for the sport in general.”
“There is a halo effect where it creates more interest in club teams,” team president Peter Wilt said. “Indy Eleven, as much interest as we’ve had and the support we’ve had, if the United States continues to be successful, that will rub off and increase interest in the team.”