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Indy Eleven fire coach Juergan Sommer after disappointing spring season

New York Cosmos

Indy Eleven has been an overwhelming success story in many ways during their first season and a half, but results on the pitch haven't been nearly as impressive as the growth off of it. With that in mind, the club announced a coaching change on Tuesday, relieving Juergan Sommer of the head coaching role, and installing Tim Regan as interim manager:

Indy Eleven Professional Soccer made several changes to its technical staff today, announcing that former assistant coach Tim Regan will take over the club’s head coach and director of soccer operations roles on an interim basis after relieving Juergen Sommer of those same duties. In addition, assistant coach Paul Telfer was released from the club’s technical staff and will be replaced on the bench by midfielder Kleberson in an interim role as he recovers from recent Achilles tendon surgery.

I'm sure the club is hoping that the change will serve as a shot in the arm for some Indy players, as the club currently resides on the bottom of the NASL spring table. With 22 matches remaining, however, there's still plenty of time for that group of players to make up the six-point gap separating themselves from the playoff places.

The Cosmos have already played their spring season match against Indy, and will next face them very early in the fall campaign. The two sides will kick off the fall season at Shuart Stadium on July 5, 2015, before meeting for the final time during the regular season on July 25, in Indianapolis.