Women’s football | From Amish heartland, FC Indiana builds ‘multicultural vision’

In 2006, FC Indiana’s reliance on American college players created a problem. The club missed the playoffs. Management realized it had to chart a different direction to continue to be competitive. The college students frequently had other commitments (camps, classes, trips, etc.) that kept them away from games.

Goshen, too, was a problem. “Not one good American player is going to Goshen when she can go to San Diego, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver or Tampa,” says general manager Anton Maksimov. “When you are a 20-year-old woman, would you rather go to Goshen, Indiana … or Boston?”

Former Notre Dame defender and Pennsylvania native Christie Shaner says, “Not many people know of Goshen. I didn’t myself until I played there.” The club’s selling point has always been its superior coaching and emphasis on player development. Players practice twice a day; some WPSL and W-League teams practice twice a week. FC Indiana decided to pursue players who had already graduated from college, focusing on international players who didn’t care about Goshen’s rural setting.

FC Indiana’s Diaspora Dozen

Name

Position

Previous club

Int’l caps

Int’l goals

Laura Del Rio (ESP)

F

Levante

35

40

Annie Hamel (CAN)

F

Ottawa Fury

-

-

Anna Laue (GER)

F/MF

Gütersloh 2000

-

-

Fatima Leyva (MEX)

MF

FC Indiana

82

6

Aivi Luik (AUS)

D/MF

FC Indiana

-

-

Lena Mosebo (RSA)

MF

Tuks HPC

50

2

Marie-Eve Nault (CAN)

D

Ottawa Fury

8

0

Monica Ocampo (MEX)

D

FC Indiana

25

11

Kelly Parker (CAN)

MF

Ottawa Fury

1

0

Ria Percival (NZL)

MF

Lynn Avon Utd

-

-

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