The new head coach of the Indy Eleven says he is pleased with the early results the team has seen from its off-season roster moves. As the team prepares for the fourth game in its 28-game season, Tim Hankinson says it’s still a work in progress.
Hankinson joined the Indy Eleven in December after serving as head coach of Montego Bay United in the Jamaican Red Stripe National Premier League. In an interview with Inside INdiana Sports contributor Bill Benner, Hankinson said the team looked all over for players that could contribute to more wins.
"We look for proven players that have played either in the NASL or Major League Soccer, and then a few from other countries that we felt had a track record of scoring goals that we could count on," said Hankinson. "We’ve got about 12 new players from Ireland, Scotland, England, Jamaica (and) Colombia so it’s an assortment but a great group of characters that are going to make Indy very proud."
Hankinson said Eleven fans have not seen the team’s best yet but their 2-1 victory over the New York Cosmos was great for the team. The win snapped a six-match draw streak between the two teams.
Hankinson also touted the team’s broadcasting deals with beIN Sports, CBS Sports, and ESPN3. He said its also a great time for the NASL with the additions of teams from Oklahoma City, Miami and Puerto Rico, along with a new team from San Francisco and possibly Chicago coming in 2017.
The Indy Eleven takes on Rayo OKC Saturday in Oklahoma City. The team then returns to Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI against FC Edmonton on May 7.