INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, November 17, 2021) – Just one day removed from the addition of a new head coach, Indy Eleven continued to build momentum towards its 2022 USL Championship campaign with today’s announcement that five standout performers will continue to call IUPUI Carroll Stadium home next season.
The quintet of players includes 2021 leading scorer Manuel Arteaga, two-time All-USL Championship defender Neveal Hackshaw, veteran English midfielder Nicky Law, 2021 vice-captain Karl Ouimette, and versatile Butler University product Jared Timmer. Per club policy, terms of the deals that bring the players back to Indiana’s Team will not be disclosed.
“Having this outstanding group of players returning is a more than solid start to the re-building of our roster for 2022, and I’m looking forward to getting to work with them,” said newly-installed Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry. “I know the Eleven supporters will be happy as well, as all of them have proven to be players that have embraced – and been embraced by – the fanbase and the community.”
Arteaga was a revelation for – and linchpin of – the Eleven attack during his first season with the club in 2021. The 27-year-old Venezuelan became the fifth different player in club history to finish a season with double-digit goals, his 10 tallies more than doubling the output of the squad’s next highest scorer. Arteaga also became just the third field player in team annals to play in every regular season contest during a full-length campaign (omitting the COVID-shortened 2020 season), his appearances in all 32 games last season allowing him to join Don Smart (2014) and Tyler Gibson (2019) on that short list.
While national team call-ups and injury limited Hackshaw’s time on the pitch in 2021, the Trinidad & Tobago international was no less influential for the squad than during his All-USL Championship caliber performances during his first two years with Indiana’s Team. Since joining Indy Eleven, “Hack” has started 64 of his 67 appearances in official competitions (ranking seventh and eighth in club history, respectively) while compiling five goals and three assists from his usual left back position.
After spending 15 years in British footballing circles, Law made his mark on Indy Eleven after coming stateside in 2021. The consistent Law led the Boys in Blue with 28 starts and was second behind Arteaga with 30 appearances, adding three goals and an assist along the way at various midfield and attacking roles. The impressive career totals for the 33-year-old native of Plymouth, England, now stand at 112 assists and 79 goals in 592 matches across eight domestic leagues and 11 official cup and playoff competitions.
The 2021 season marked some milestones for the veteran defender Ouimette, who assumed vice-captain duties in his fourth season with the squad and became the third player in club history to appear in 100 games. Now Ouimette will be in line to become just the second player ever to play in five seasons for the club alongside Brad Ring – and he would do so while being reunited with Lowry, whom he played for briefly while on loan to Jacksonville Armada FC during the 2016 NASL season.
The versatile Timmer enjoyed a successful return to Indianapolis in 2021, the second-year product out of Butler U. bringing athleticism and ability to the defensive midfield position and spots along the backline across his 28 appearances (26 starts).
As Lowry continues to settle into his role with club, Indy Eleven expects to make additional announcements surrounding its 2022 roster and coaching staff in the coming days and weeks.