Having finished the NASL spring season with a 0-4-5 record, Club President and General Manager Peter Wilt and Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations Juergen Sommer are wasting no time improving the squad with depth and quality. As Sommer stated at the end of the spring campaign, “As we get the opportunity to improve the team, we’re going to improve the team.”
The latest addition to the Eleven roster is Victor Pineda, a right-sided midfielder who joins the side on a season-long loan from Chicago Fire. Still just twenty-one years old, Pineda is a veteran of the United States U-20 National Team and competed in the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Additionally, he spent the most recent offseason training with La Liga side Atletico Madrid, the UEFA Champions League runners up, and has been training with Indy Eleven for the last week.
The first homegrown signing in Fire history, Pineda has made just four league appearances for the MLS club this season, so a move to Indy Eleven should afford him the opportunity to gain valuable match experience to take back to Chicago at the end of the loan. Pineda should find time on the field immediately, which means more competition for the likes of Pedro Mendes, AJ Corrado, and Don Smart and gives Juergen Sommer more flexibility with concern to shape, tactics, and personnel.
Indy Eleven travel to Akron Tuesday to take on Columbus Crew at 7:30PM in a US Open Cup fourth round match.