New Indy Eleven signing Gordon Wild has scored 18 goals in 57 appearances in the Championship during his three seasons in the professional ranks. | Photo courtesy Atlanta United 2
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven announced on Thursday the signing of German forward Gordon Wild, pending league and federation approval. Wild joins the Boys in Blue after most recently competing for the LA Galaxy during the 2020 Major League Soccer season.
“I am looking forward to joining Indy Eleven for the upcoming season and want to thank Head Coach Martin Rennie for this opportunity. After good conversations with him over the course of this offseason, this feels like the right step for me,” said Wild. “I really like what Martin is building here with Indy Eleven and I want to contribute to it with my talent and goal scoring ability. I hope the team and the fans will be able to share great moments together this season.”
Wild began his pro career in 2018 after being selected the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by Atlanta United FC, which loaned the rookie to USL Championship side Charleston Battery. As a teammate of current Eleven defender Neveal Hackshaw that season, Wild contributed seven goals and three assists for the Battery across 20 starts for the club.
After beginning 2019 back with Atlanta United, Wild signed midseason with another MLS squad in D.C. United. A loan to Loudoun United FC paid huge dividends for both the USL Championship expansion side and Wild, who scored 10 times in just 16 appearances across the final half of the season. Overall, Wild has 18 goals and six assists overall in the Championship, an average of a goal or assist every 150 minutes of play.
“We’ve had our eyes on Gordon the last few seasons and are glad to bring him into the squad for 2021,” stated Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “While he already has quite the track record as a goal scorer in our league, we think the potential is there for him to raise his level even higher. He’s a determined, hard-working player that we expect will contribute a lot in the attacking half of the field.”
Wild last year made the move to the LA Galaxy. His standout moment for the Southern California side came when he assisted Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s first MLS goal against Portland Timbers FC in their MLS is Back Tournament opener last July in Orlando.