Kevin Johnston

  • Nemanja Vukovic

    Eleven defender Nemanja Vukovic out indefinitely

    The Indy Eleven have already dealt with an absurd number of injuries to key players this season. Unfortunately for Indy, the brutal rash of knocks just got even worse. Left back Nemanja Vukovic is out indefinitely with a kidney contusion, a team official confirmed Thursday. Yes, “Iron Man” is...
  • Shawn Nicklaw - FC Edmonton

    Tactical Tidbits: Not all bad for FC Edmonton at bottom of table

    FC Edmonton’s offense needs a defibrillator. Luckily, it might have found one via an unlikely source: its back line. Or, more specifically, its fullbacks. The Eddies attack produced a meager 25 goals in 32 NASL games last season, and has remained dormant through two matches in 2017. Edmonton has zero goals...
  • Major League Soccer picks

    Major League Soccer picks: Week 7

    2017 record: 14-14 Profit/loss: -35.48 Here are my MLS picks for Week 7: Philadelphia Union/New York City FC Draw +250 Risk 40 to win 100 Orlando City SC Pick ‘Em -150 Risk 75 to win 50 Chicago Fire/New England Revolution Draw +260 Risk 38.46 to win 100 New York Red Bulls/D.C. United...
  • Puerto Rico FC

    Déjà vu: Puerto Rico FC and Indy Eleven draw for 2nd time in as many weeks

    If Indy Eleven players and coaches weren’t already having nightmares about Puerto Rico FC forward Hector Ramos before Saturday, they most certainly will be now. After dropping a goal and an assist in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Indianapolis last weekend, Ramos added another tally as an encore Saturday....
  • Nick Rimando - MLS picks

    KJ’s Week 6 MLS picks

    2017 record: 11-11 Profit/loss: -42.02 After sitting out last weekend’s shortened MLS slate due to the World Cup Qualifiers, I’m back with a few hopeful winners. Here are my MLS picks for Week 6: Chicago Fire/Columbus Crew SC Draw +260 Risk 38.46 to win 100 Both clubs made recent...
  • J.C. Banks - Jacksonville Armada

    Tactical Tidbits: Armada cracks Eddies’ stifling defense late

    If FC Edmonton were a vehicle, it would definitely be a compact car — a very, very tiny one. After a frustrating 75-plus minutes, Jacksonville Armada FC winger J.C. Banks finally provided the figurative jaws of life to carry the home side to a 1-0 victory. The Eddies defense,...
  • Daniel Keller

    Tactical Tidbits: Indy Eleven spoil another expansion opener

    The Indy Eleven’s first meaningful match of 2017 is in the books. After laboring through the first half against the San Francisco Deltas, a half in which neither team really separated itself beyond the obvious Deltas goal, Indy emerged as the better side after the break. Ultimately the Eleven...
  • Week 4 MLS picks

    KJ’s Week 4 MLS picks

    2017 record: 9-10 Profit/loss: -44.52 As George Costanza once proudly exclaimed: “I’m back, baby!” Well, that’s a stretch, but I did come to within one win of coming out of the red. Not bad for going winless on the handful of draws I’ve played so far. Here are my...
  • Battalion APA

    People’s Brewing Co. unveils BYB-themed Battalion Ale

    INDIANAPOLIS — People’s Brewing Company co-founder Brett VanderPlaats wasn’t exactly dressed like James Bond for his first lunch meeting with the Brickyard Battalion (BYB), the official supporters’ group of the Indy Eleven. An important project was behind deadline, but VanderPlaats knew this was a stop he had to make. Battalion...
  • KJ’s Week 3 MLS picks

    2017 record: 4-8 Profit/loss: -202.80 The first two weeks haven’t been ideal thanks to an 0-4 record on draws, so hopefully a nice bounce back to normal variance will soon be in order. Here are my plays for Week 3: New York City FC/Montreal Impact Over 3.0 -110 Risk 55 to win 50...
  • Keith Cardona

    Indy Eleven backup GK job up for grabs

    INDIANAPOLIS — Sorry, goalkeepers, but having a third one of you on the roster is a waste. That’s always been my belief. And someone who knows way more about soccer than I, Indy Eleven coach Tim Hankinson, agrees. Or at least he used to. “It’s been my theory (throughout...
  • Chicago Fire

    KJ’s Week 2 MLS picks

    2017 record: 3-6 Profit/loss: -173.39 Ouch. After a rough opening weekend, I’m back with a few more losers winners this week. Hey, if every degenerate quit after one bad weekend, the sports books wouldn’t get much action. #SocTakesLogic Here are my plays for Week 2: Chicago Fire/Real Salt Lake...
  • Dom Dwyer

    Sporting Kansas City trio preserves clean sheet on wild corner

    Sporting Kansas City escaped its season opener at D.C. United with a point from a scoreless draw. Truth be told, SKC might’ve been the better side Saturday, dominating possession and out-shooting the hosts 15 to nine. But the strong performance by the visitors certainly wasn’t lacking in the heroics department,...
  • KJ’s Week 1 MLS picks

    2017 record: 0-0 Profit/loss: 0.00 I probably won’t have this many plays during most weeks, but why not come out with a bang for Major League Soccer’s opening weekend? Here goes: Portland Timbers/Minnesota United FC Under 3.0 -130 Risk 65 to win 50 Bookmakers are probably counting on Minnesota...
  • Sinisa Ubiparipovic

    Indy Eleven: Three preseason subplots to follow

    The Indy Eleven host United Soccer League side Swope Park Rangers on Thursday at Grand Park with kickoff set for 2 p.m. ET. While some things matter in the preseason and some don’t, here are three subplots to follow tomorrow and throughout Indy’s preseason: Ubi’s form and the possible...
  • David Goldsmith

    Former Butler standout David Goldsmith trialing with Indy Eleven

    INDIANAPOLIS — David Goldsmith must’ve felt like he was wearing the wrong kit. Well, it would’ve been blue or white either way. Just months removed from his decorated senior season at Butler, Goldsmith lined up on the other side of the field Friday night at the Butler Bowl, and might...
  • Michael Amir Murillo

    Red Bulls make underrated move in acquiring Michael Amir Murillo via loan

    Obviously, not every move a club makes jumps off the page as a needle mover. But sometimes the low-key, unheralded signings can have a sizable impact a couple months into the season or down the stretch. The New York Red Bulls‘ recent addition of right back Michael Amir Murillo via loan reeks...
  • Report: Manchester City courting Messi with £100 million bid

    In the world of soccer, file this one under big news. Hell, in any world. According to a report by the Mirror, Manchester City is preparing to open its pocketbook to the tune of £100 million in an attempt to swipe Leo Messi from Barcelona. Deep breaths. Deep, deep breaths....
  • Ben Speas

    Is Ben Speas Indy Eleven’s missing puzzle piece at left mid?

    WESTFIELD, Ind. — Indy Eleven signee Ben Speas has a bit of an appetite for the spectacular. At North Carolina, he slalomed through a pack of defenders before producing a game-winning golazo in the NCAA final. For Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC, he scored a beauty in a friendly against Premier League side Stoke...
  • Craig Henderson

    Indy Eleven add New Zealand international Craig Henderson to bolster midfield

    INDIANAPOLIS — Seeking a versatile player to help at the wide midfield spots and centrally when needed, the Indy Eleven appear to be close to terms with New Zealand international Craig Henderson. Eleven coach Tim Hankinson confirmed the move Thursday evening on Casillero Deportivo in an interview with Gus Ochoa and Logan Ayers. https://t.co/xsjRfg6SVN...
  • New York City FC

    NYCFC spoils Ayrton Preciado coming-out party with late equalizer

    For those not fluent in Spanish, preciado means valuable. Club Sport Emelec forward Ayrton Preciado was exactly that and more in his home debut for his new club, which also coincided with the unveiling of newly upgraded Estadio Banco del Pacifico in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Preciado endeared himself to the Emelec faithful by recording...
  • Ike Opara

    Sporting Kansas City releases awesome ‘Super Bowl ad’

    They’re a tradition as synonymous with American culture as apple pie and large portion sizes: Super Bowl commercials. While millions tune in and go to parties every year to see the action in the big game, a significant portion only partake for the commercials and Aunt Pamela’s casserole. Enter Major League...