NASL Notebook: Indy reveal stadium plans, Strikers begin roster building, more

Indy Eleven stadium

by JAKE NUTTING
Staff Writer

There are 65 days left before the start of the NASL Spring season. Some teams have already started strength and conditioning training, but the preseason will start in earnest in February.

Most of the roster moves over the past week have been about solidifying defenses. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Atlanta Silverbacks, Ottawa Fury, and 2014 champion San Antonio Scorpions all made defensive acquisitions. Off the field, Jacksonville expanded its technical staff and Indy Eleven revealed a plan for a new stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

  • After a surprisingly quiet stretch of inactivity, the new Brazilian ownership group of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers finally appear to be making moves to build a roster. The Strikers announced the signing of Karsten Smith. The left-footed center back spent 2013 in Finland and 2014 in Iceland. His first professional club, however, was the San Antonio Scorpions where he failed to make a league appearance. The Strikers also added American-Israeli and University of North Carolina product Ryan Adeleye. The Tar Heel has spent the majority of his career playing in Israel. World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer is reporting that the club is also close to signing longtime Tampa Bay Rowdies right back and captain Frankie Sanfilipppo.
  • In preparation for its sophomore season Ottawa has added a pair of former Toronto FC players. After spending most of 2014 on loan from TFC, defender Ryan Richter has now made a permanent move to the Fury. Richter made 15 appearances in last year’s NASL Fall season and split his time between right back and center back. Ottawa also announced the signing of 25 year old striker Andrew Wiedeman, who made his professional debut with FC Dallas but spent the past three years with TFC.
  • In a rare move for an NASL club, Atlanta sold forward Kwadwo Poku to MLS expansion side NYCFC. The Silverbacks used that money to sign two international defenders, Paul Black and Simon Mensing. Black, at 25, is a veteran right back of the English lower divisions. Mensing, at 32, has even more experience, mostly in the Scottish Premier League and English League Championship. It should come as no surprise that new coach is looking to his home country to shore up his back line.
  • The Scorpions made two moves they hope will bolster their title defense. First up was the re-signing of longtime NASL veteran goalkeeper Daryl Sattler. Sattler won the 2012 NASL Golden Glove award with San Antonio but had an injury plagued 2013 with Minnesota United and has struggled to regain his starting position since returning to the Scorpions. The team also announced the addition of former Colombian youth international Eduar Zea. The 25 year old center back has spent his entire career in the Colombian leagues, accumulating over 30 appearances.
  • Jacksonville made a peculiar coaching announcement this week with the addition of Guillermo Hoyos as co-head coach. Hoyos has an impressive resume that includes coaching FC Barcelona B when Lionel Messi was on the squad. He and current head coach Jose Luis Villarreal will oversee the squad for its inaugural season in 2015. The Armada seem to be leaning on the influence of South America in building a club philosophy. Along with the Argentine co-head coaches, they also added Colombian Edison Ibarra, Venezuelan Rafael Perez, and another Argentine, Sebastian Fabres, to the technical staff.

  • Indy Eleven have been quiet on the roster front recently, but the same cannot be said for their off the field ventures. After selling out every home game during its first season, Indy has revealed plans for an 18,000 seat stadium in downtown Indianapolis. As part of a campaign to garner legislative and public support for the $82 million facility, the teams has launched the website www.stadiumforindiana.com, which includes views of the proposed venue. Indy claims that if the bill regarding the stadium is approved, the cost of the stadium will be paid by fans who attend games and other events held at the stadium. The team also claims that 10% of ticket revenue from all events will be used to pay back construction costs. Indy made a failed attempt at a stadium deal in 2014, but now a full year has passed and the team has built considerable momentum in the community.
  • Joseph Linhart

    On a side note Ryan Adeleye was playing for the Ironbound Soul SC of the newly constituted American Soccer League prior to being signed by the Strikers. In fact the Soul had another player and former MLS product get signed by a Portuguese side recently. Perhaps EOS may have to look into the ASL or at least the Ironbound Soul further as that league starts to progress and mature (if they can last past this upcoming spring season).

  • Jspech

    Welcome new journalist, please keep it journalistic, & not a fanatic of your subject