Kevin Johnston

  • Tactical Tidbits: Josh Penn shows pedigree in Indy Eleven debut

    The show Josh Penn put on in the Indy Eleven’s 2-1 loss to Saint Louis FC on Saturday was so enthralling that the only thing missing was Teller. The U-19 U.S. men’s national team member and Indiana Hoosiers commit regularly diced up opponents on the left flank and showed...
  • Rennie

    Opinion: Rennie tips hand in Eleven’s preseason finale

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Indy Eleven manager Martin Rennie somewhat prides himself on being cryptic about his lineups and tactics, especially during the preseason. The first time I interviewed him and inquired about his coaching philosophy shortly after he took the job, he told me he didn’t want to give...
  • Lower Division Soccer Summit

    Boca Raton FC’s Lower Division Soccer Summit set for March 30-31

    Boca Raton FC will host the first-ever Lower Division Soccer Summit the weekend of March 30, the club announced Monday. The event is invitation only and will be held at a to-be-determined location in Boca Raton, Fla. Inspired in part by Chattanooga FC’s Summit for American Soccer in 2018,...
  • brutal conditions

    Indy, Nashville fight to draw in brutal conditions

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In the final preseason fixture for both sides ahead of the start of the 2019 USL Championship season, the Indy Eleven and Nashville SC battled to a nil-nil draw Saturday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium on the campus of the University of Evansville. An absurdly choppy...
  • Cleveland SC

    90-day launch? No sweat for Cleveland SC

    Cleveland SC had heard the horror stories of rushed NPSL launches. They don’t always go so swimmingly. Take the case of Los Angeles-based City of Angels FC, for example. In about two weeks’ time, the club assembled a roster, landed a venue, and designed a crest and kit. While...
  • Kutoa Project

    Kutoa Project: Fresh kit, even better cause

    INDIANAPOLIS and NAIROBI, Kenya — The Kutoa Project, a nonprofit based in Nairobi, has a purpose that’s easy to get behind. And now you can support it while rocking a fresh, limited-edition kit in the process. The Kutoa Project has partnered with apparel outfitter Icarus to manufacture a fly...
  • Grand Rapids ABK

    Futsal Indy tops Grand Rapids ABK with 6-goal rally

    INDIANAPOLIS — The stakes were elevated between Futsal Indy and Grand Rapids ABK, two squads knotted up atop the National Futsal Premier League (NFPL) table with four points apiece, entering Saturday’s contest at Park Tudor High School. And with raised stakes generally comes raised intensity. Futsal Indy defended its...
  • Jake Keegan

    Greenville Triumph SC inks 2nd-ever player, striker Jake Keegan

    Set to debut this year in USL League One, Greenville Triumph SC’s roster-building phase has commenced. After recently signing its first-ever player in defender Tyler Polak, the expansion club announced its second signing — and first attacking player — on Thursday in veteran striker Jake Keegan. Keegan joins the...
  • Central Florida SC

    NPSL welcomes expansion-side Central Florida SC

    A new NPSL expansion team, Central Florida SC, has arrived in Orlando, Fla., the league announced Friday. Affectionately known as the Panthers, the side will join the Sunshine Conference and take the pitch this year. “We expect to showcase the wealth of talent that participates in the Central Florida...
  • Notre Dame advance

    Hoosiers, Irish advance to Round of 16

    Two Indiana schools took the pitch Sunday in the men’s NCAA tournament in their quests to reach the College Cup, and both ultimately advanced to the Round of 16. One skated by with ease; the other had to go to a dramatic 12th round of penalties to move on....
  • Lowcountry United

    Lowcountry United FC finds new home at Woodland High School

    Despite achieving significant success on the pitch by winning the Mid-Atlantic North Division in the UPSL spring season, Lowcountry United FC was thrown a bit of an unexpected curveball in mid-2018. The club suddenly found itself out in the cold on a venue to call home and also without...
  • conference semis

    Berhalter’s ‘gamble’ works out for Crew SC in 1st leg of conference semis

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Facing the league’s best defense of the Supporters’ Shield-winning New York Red Bulls in the first leg of the conference semis, Columbus Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter decided to gamble. With a key player on fatigued legs and another injured, Berhalter rolled the dice with...