INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s only professional soccer team is using quarantining because of coronavirus to its advantage.
The Indy Eleven, who play in the United Soccer League, gave their players the option to go home and be with their families during the pandemic, but a few months ago with the season approaching they all decided to stay together and train together in isolation.
That was a tough decision for some with the Indy Eleven roster being made up of players from nine different countries. But, they all agreed it was worth it.
“The best part is, twelve of us live in the same apartment complex. So we’ve been kind of been able to be together as a team, which has been fantastic,” said midfielder Cameron Lindley to WISH-TV. “We’ve been able to do different things. We’ve been able to get to know each other better. And now that we’re back training, it shows.”
“For us, we’ve got a really good team now. We’ve taken a lot of time to build it,” said head coach Martin Rennie. “We really don’t want to miss the opportunity to showcase that. I honestly can’t imagine any other teams would be in a better place than we are.”
Rennie said the team is in great shape as they get ready to kick off their 2020 season next week.
The USL has released an updated format to the schedule this year with each team set to play 16-games followed by a single-elimination playoff for the USL Championship in October.