Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski / Indy Eleven
By ADAM TROXTELL
Juergen Sommer has been relieved from head coaching duties by Indy Eleven, the club announced on Tuesday.
Former assistant coach Tim Regan will take charge of the team on an interim basis, while Sommer’s assistant, Paul Telfer, was also removed. Midfielder Kleberson, who is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury, was named by Indy Eleven as the interim assistant.
“While decisions like this are never easy for the individuals or the club involved, I felt changes were needed immediately to impact the direction of the team on the field,” Peter Wilt, club president and general manager, said in a news release. “I believe Tim Regan has earned the right to implement those changes and I look forward to helping him in every way possible to achieve the winning results our fans deserve.”
Following a lone victory this season against the San Antonio Scorpions on April 18, Indy Eleven has failed to win in its last six games. Four straight defeats followed by a 2-2 draw against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday has the team sitting bottom of the NASL Spring standings.
Indy Eleven was also knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup in a 2-0 loss to USL side Louisville City FC.
Sommer took over at Indy Eleven in 2013, taking the team from a winless spring season to sixth place in the fall.
Regan, who earned his first coaching job when named assistant at Indy Eleven two years ago, will now prepare the team for a trip to face Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday.
What do you think about this move by Indy Eleven? Is Regan the man to right the ship?
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I wonder how many people saw “coach” and “soccer” and “Juergen” and “fired” in the same story, and thought it was Klinsmann.
Something had to happen. Our boys in blue were just not putting the ball into the back of the net enough. No reason we should’ve lost to USL Louisville City either and – knowing how much Peter Wilt loves the Open Cup – that had to be the final straw. To be honest, we expected it at the mid-season break so…a little earlier than expected, but it was going to happen.
Wow, blast from the past. I did not realize that Sommer was a coach.
I remember him on the Crew and the third keeper on the ’98 team.
Interesting fact: he was the first American keeper to play in the Premier League in ’95.
With all of those keepers coming up during that time, who would have thought?
Yeah, bummed to see things not work out for him with Indy 11. He actually was a good starter for that summer (and part of the next) after we lost Friedel.
what has regan been doing since he was not coaching? how long has he been out of the fold? was he dismissed by sommer?
curious if this will cause any further friction within the team
I think Regan was the Academy Director for the famed Scott Galagher club out of St. Louis.