• 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...
  • Soc Takes

    Indy Eleven vs. San Francisco Deltas postgame Periscope

    Nipun Chopra shares his thoughts via Periscope on the nil-nil draw between the Indy Eleven and San Francisco Deltas. Watch: Indy Eleven v San Fran Deltas recap. Plus #NASL chat. https://t.co/akflUpotTD — Nipun Chopra, PhD (@NipunChopra7) April 22, 2017 You can follow Soc Takes on Twitter @SocTakes....
  • New Division III league begins to take shape

    THE SET UP An ecological niche is the response of an organism and/or species to changes in its environment. If an apex predator (a lion, for example) loses numbers rapidly, a new predator (a wolf) might dominate that niche. Or, alternatively, the population of the prey species (deer) might...
  • 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...
  • NASL’s Top 3 for GW3

    Tommy Heinemann Two years ago, Heinemann was hot property. On the back of a 15-goal season with then-league runners up Ottawa Fury, Heinemann was sought-after by many NASL and USL clubs. Last season, partly due to the signing of Joe Cole, Heinemann found himself rarely playing 90′ at Rowdies, and...
  • Zach Steinberger NASL Week 3 Power Rankings

    NASL Power Rankings: Week 3 shuffles the deck

    Well, there is no denying it. This North American Soccer League season is unpredictable at best and these Power Rankings are subject to change. I mentioned last week that this 2017 NASL season has the potential to be the most interesting in North America and I think that still...
  • Unclear Atlanta situation shows clarity in NASL’s new vetting process

    Background As the fable goes, when the clock struck midnight, shit hit the fan. Cinderella lost a shoe, almost lost the love of her life and something about a pumpkin. Moral of that story was: don’t count down to anything. Per the original website, Atlanta was scheduled to make a...
  • 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...
  • MLS to Indy

    MLS to Indy: Building an empire of the mind

    Winston Churchill said, “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” In Indianapolis, all we unfortunately have is an “empire of the mind.” Like ancient Rome, Major League Soccer, so confident in its continual expansion, revealed in December of 2016 that it planned to add four...
  • Miami FC power rankings

    NASL Power Rankings: Everyone has finally played in Week 2

    The NASL Spring season in now officially in progress. Eight teams play in this seventh edition of the second-division competition. There are 34 matches with opportunities to take points in the standings, but what the standings can’t show is the value of individual matchups. That’s where the power rankings come...
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Two Swedes, two genius pieces of business for Man United

    Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed for Manchester United, his prolific goal scoring record has rightly earned comparisons with famous Man United strikers of the Premier League era such as Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie, Andy Cole and even Eric Cantona. However, the more you examine it, some incredible similarities...
  • Gameweek 2 – NASL Top 3

      Ten goals were scored during an exciting gameweek 2 in the NASL. Three players stood out from the rest this week, and all three have connections to Indy XI. Soc Takes presents its top 3 of gameweek 2: 1. Justin Braun – If not for a controversial offside goal, Justin “Bieber”...
  • 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...
  • Indy Eleven lineup

    Curious Indy Eleven lineup for season opener

    Indy Eleven went to California for their NASL season opener against San Francisco Deltas on Saturday night. Indy started their campaign similarly to the way they had last year, with a point on the road. The Eleven drew the Deltas 1-1 with a solid effort and newcomer Tanner Thompson...
  • 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...
  • Turkish Airlines and Honda to sponsor Indy Eleven’s kits

    Turkish Airlines (TA) happens to be this author’s favorite international airline. Having flown TA back and forth from Chicago to Delhi, via Istanbul, I can tell you that its service is top-notch. But, TA does not fly into Indianapolis. Yet, a source close to the deal confirms that Indy XI has signed...
  • PRFC

    For now, everything fine with PRFC and its federation

    Puerto Rico FC has had a troubled offseason. First, there was the offseason NASL situation, followed by an initial denial of entry into the CFU championships. And then recent reports emerged suggesting PRFC might not be able to play the NASL season due to the possible suspension of the...
  • Tanner Thompson

    Indiana’s team adds two new players

    The Indy Eleven now have 20 players announced for the 2017 spring season. The additions of Tanner Thompson and David Goldsmith bring much-needed depth to the NASL’s returning runner-up. For Indy, the signings are none too soon. The season kicks off for the boys in blue this Saturday in San Francisco...
  • Brickyard Battalion

    Indy Eleven v SF Deltas to be broadcast on Twitter

    With five days until Indy Eleven’s first game of the season, away to league-debutant San Francisco Deltas, many here in Indy have been wondering if the game will be available for viewing on TV and/or streaming. Soc Takes has learned that the game will be broadcast live on Twitter!  “We’re...
  • Soccer City

    Kevin Johnston appears on Soccer City to preview Louisville City FC vs. Indy Eleven

    Louisville City FC’s official radio show on AM 790 KRD, Soccer City, invited our own Kevin Johnston on the program to preview today’s preseason match between LouCity and the Indy Eleven in Evansville. The topics included what to expect in today’s final dress rehearsal and the growing rivalry between the two...