26 responses

  1. Good Jeremy
    January 22, 2014

    Is Eleven a dumber team name than Crew? Ditto for the crests.

    • K
      January 22, 2014

      both are better than the Earthquakes.

      • SFTony
        January 22, 2014

        What’s a good name then? Last I checked, San Jose is in the SF bay area which is known for Earthquakes.

      • Bobert
        January 22, 2014

        and just because SF has had earthquakes why should a soccer club in San Jose be called Earthquakes? I’m trying to follow the logic.

        Earthquakes is probably the most cringeworthy name in the soccer world.

      • yo
        January 23, 2014

        Then just say “The Quakes”. It’s much better. Oh, wait…

      • Bobert
        January 23, 2014

        i know right? Lol

        I mean..a name like New York City FC has some class to it. It’s not overstated. It’s a football club that represents NYC.

        San Jose Earthquakes? Oh god…arena football league anyone? Its cringe all over. A soccer club named after a natural disaster? Horrible.

      • Brew
        January 23, 2014

        What about Chicago Fire?

    • midwest ref
      January 23, 2014

      This thread is interesting to me because when the team name was first announced people were pretty much supportive across the board here at SBI.

      Eleven has a soccer connotation and apparently Indiana was the home base for the 11th brigade (or something like that) during the civil war.

    • CoMo
      January 23, 2014

      That name and crest are legit and better than 50% of what MLS has to offer……..

    • IndyElevenFan
      January 23, 2014

      Indy Eleven is in reference to the 11th Indiana Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. It was apart of U.S. Grant’s Army of the Tennessee (or West Tennessee depending on what source you favor) which won the Battle of Shiloh and the Siege of Vicksburg. It was then transferred to the Army of the Shenandoah where it finished it’s service.

      The 11th Infantry was affectionately known as Wallace’s Zouaves after General Lew Wallace and the fighting style they were trained in – Zouave. Instead of what lay historians understand about fighting in the civil war (tight formations at regular march), Zouave’s fought like a modern day platoon – 3-5 feet gaps between each soldier, always at the quick or double quick step, and when firing they did so in a prone position rather than the standing or kneeling position that inflicted so much damage on a regular company. There was also a very distinct uniform distinction for Zouave regiments (usually red pants with a blue jacket accompanied by a red sash or hat).

      The crest incorporates the checkerboard of a race finish flag as well as lady victory that stands atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the center of Indianapolis.

      Still think the name/ crest is bad?

      • Good Jeremy
        January 23, 2014

        Yes.

    • Brett
      January 23, 2014

      Given the connection the Eleven and lady victory has to Indy I’d say no, by no means is it dumb

  2. el paso tx
    January 22, 2014

    That name of indy eleven is so weird, why not just use the whole word indianapolis and represent that nice name of the city.

    • midwest ref
      January 23, 2014

      I think the alternative that many here at SBI wanted was Racing Indy . . that could have been kewl

  3. Pace
    January 22, 2014

    So close…

  4. Prettypenguin
    January 23, 2014

    It’s ’cause the whole team turns it up to 11, duh!

    • midwest ref
      January 23, 2014

      hopefully their keepers wont share the same fate as the drummers for spinal tap

  5. Luis
    January 23, 2014

    I like the name, its different

    • beto
      January 23, 2014

      Im a fan.

  6. Jack R
    January 23, 2014

    It is a start. I hope that they get a more recognizable name.

    • yo
      January 23, 2014

      The fact everyone is posting about the name proves it’s postable

    • Strider257
      January 23, 2014

      Living in Indy I am excited to finally have a decent level of team here. I do have to admit that the name is lamentable and I voted for a different name. Supposedly, the name is a reference to a Civil War Regiment, but that is just TOO obscure and since there are 11 players on the field the name seem really trite. Who knows if it will change, not likely any time soon, but I sure hope so eventually.

      • IndyElevenFan
        January 23, 2014

        See above.

      • Strider257
        January 23, 2014

        This is helpful for most folks, but I already was well aware of this as I am a bit of history buff, especially the Civil War. Unfortunately, as I noted in my post, I believe this is just too obscure and requires too much effort on the part of an average fan to really appreciate.

  7. Matt C
    January 23, 2014

    Ambersley was well-loved and a fan favorite with the Rowdies. After we (the Rowdies) won the championship, my recollection is that Mike hurt his knee in the off-season or preseason. When he got healthy he struggled to get quality minutes.

    Good guy and good pick up for Indy. Not sure how long he’ll last though.

  8. Colin in MT
    January 23, 2014

    I don’t care about the name or the crest. I’m just glad there is another professional team in the US. This country is too big for MLS to effectively scout, train and provide opportunities to every deserving player. The more 2nd and 3rd division teams the better.

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