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INDY ELEVEN’S RACE TO JOIN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER MUST CLEAR MANY HURDLES

The Indy Eleven appears to face long odds in landing a Major League Soccer franchise. A requirement the team needs to meet under pending state legislation to get $150 million for a stadium.

But winning an MLS spot is not out of the question. Sources close to the league told IBJ, and Indianapolis’ outlook could change in a big way rather quickly.

The Statehouse bill could be a critical step in moving Indianapolis to the head of the class of cities hoping for one of the few MLS expansion franchises that are—or could be—up for grabs.

The Eleven is currently part of the MLS-affiliated United Soccer League, one step below MLS. The team consistently drew more than 10,000 fans per game in its years playing at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium in the now-defunct North American Soccer League, and it did the same at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2018, its first year in the USL. Read More.

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