Indy Eleven fire head coach, director of soccer operations

The Indy Eleven on Tuesday fired Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations Juergen Sommer in an effort to “impact the direction of the team on the field,” President and General Manager Peter Wilt said.

Sommer was replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Tim Regan, 33.

The team also replaced assistant coach Paul Telfer with injured midfielder Jose Kleberson on an interim basis.

Sommer, a former U.S. National Team goalkeeper, Indiana University All-American and standout player at Culver Military Academy, has been with the team since its inception in 2013.

Under Sommer, the Eleven finished last in the North American Soccer League's spring season last year and seventh out of 10 teams in the fall season. The team is currently last in this year’s spring season with a record of 0-4-5.

"This is a tough day for Indy Eleven, especially because Juergen Sommer is a man with tremendous character and professionalism,” Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir said in a written statement.  “I will continue to have a great amount of respect and support for Juergen, as nothing less is deserved following the contributions he made to the organization and the local soccer community that he cares about so deeply over these last two years.”

Regan has been with the Eleven since November 2013. The former Major League Soccer player has worked in coaching, scouting and player development since retiring as a player in 2008.

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