January 24, 2017
ON TO INDY
Former Crew, Minnesota midfielder joins Eleven
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven has signed midfielder Ben Speas, the team announced Tuesday.
“Ben is an experienced player who has great quickness and technical ability going to goal,” Indy coach Tim Hankinson said. “He is also comfortable on either flank, so his versatility will allow us to replenish our midfield corps with a quality performer, especially on the left side.”
Speas had four goals and three assists in 23 games with Minnesota United FC last season. Speas began his professional career with the Columbus Crew SC from 2012-15, tallying two goals and four assists in 41 MLS regular-season games and one postseason appearance.
“I like how Indy Eleven is set up and what Coach Hankinson has done here, so it’s something I wanted to be a part of,” Speas, 26, said. “Last year was my first in the NASL and I really enjoyed it. The teams and the quality of play are good, and for me Indy was at the top of the list.”
Speas reached the NCAA College Cup Final in all three seasons, winning his first title with the University of Akron as a sophomore in 2010 and adding a second, plus and the College Cup MVP honor, with North Carolina in 2011.