Carmel, Indiana native Eric Dick has joined Indy Eleven on loan from Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew SC, and brings experience from prior stints in the Championship including at Phoenix Rising FC in the 2020 season. | Photo courtesy Grace Stufkosky /
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven announced on Thursday the club had acquired Carmel, Indiana native Eric Dick on loan from Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC. Terms of the deal that brings the former Butler University standout goalkeeper back to Central Indiana will not be released, per club policy.
The transaction provides Indy with veteran cover between the posts while goalkeeper Jordan Farr recovers from a hand injury suffered during last week’s match against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. The 26-year-old goalkeeper will compete for playing time with Bobby Edwards, who made an impressive eight saves in his debut for the Boys in Blue on Sunday that helped the side to a crucial 2-1 road win against Sporting Kansas City II at Children’s Mercy Park – the venue that Dick called home for much of his budding professional career.
“Indy Eleven is delighted to bring in a familiar presence in Eric Dick, who knows our league and our club quite well,” said Indy Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers. “Being the professional he is, we expert Eric to get up to speed with the squad quickly and be able to step in seamlessly if called upon.”
Dick was signed by defending MLS Cup champion Crew SC this past offseason after being drafted by Sporting Kansas City in the first round (13th overall) of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Dick made one MLS start for SKC in 2019 and spent most of his first three seasons in the pros in the USL Championship, making 24 combined appearances with Sporting Kansas City II (2018-19), FC Tulsa (2019), and Phoenix Rising FC (2020).
While playing at Butler from 2013-17, Dick compiled an impressive 0.96 goals against average and 28 shutouts as a four-year starter (71 appearances), culminating with an All-BIG EAST First Team Selection following his senior season in 2017.
While at Butler, Dick suited up alongside new Eleven teammate Jared Timmer for his final three seasons, while another new Eleven defender, A.J. Cochran, will be familiar with the Carmel native after they both competed for Phoenix during the 2020 Championship campaign.