New Indy Eleven signing Kevin Partida was voted to the USL Championship's All-League Second Team in 2020 before joining Major League Soccer's Minnesota United FC at the conclusion of the campaign. | Photo courtesy David Calvert / Reno 1868 FC
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven announced on Thursday the signing of midfielder Kevin Partida for the remainder of the 2021 season, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, terms of the deal that brings the 2020 All-USL Championship Second Team performer to Indiana’s Team will not be disclosed.
In an additional roster move, goalkeeper and Carmel, Ind. native Eric Dick has been recalled from his loan spell at the club by Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC. These moves keep the Indy Eleven roster at 27 players as the Boys in Blue enter the stretch drive of the Championship regular season through the end of October.
“In Kevin Partida, we add a central midfielder who provides a box-to-box presence and can influence the game on both sides of the ball,” said Indy Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers. “After getting a good look at Kevin on trial over the last week, we are confident his professionalism both on the field and in the locker room will fit in seamlessly with our group and help propel us towards the postseason.
“On behalf of the club, I also want to thank Eric Dick for his service to the Eleven and wish him the best of luck as he continues his season with Columbus.”
Partida most recently suited up for Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United FC at the end of their 2020 campaign, joining the Loons after the completion of last year’s abbreviated USL Championship season. The 26-year-old’s standout 2020 performance saw him named to the USL Championship All-League Second Team as he helped Reno 1868 FC record the Championship’s best regular season record and included 17 key passes, one assist, and four goals – two of which came in Reno’s pair of postseason contests.
In all, the native of Sparks, Nevada, collected five goals, three assists and 35 key passes in 41 appearances (38 starts) across three USL Championships seasons, all spent with his hometown Reno squad from 2018-20.