MATHEW WAGNER - Thursday, March 13, 2014
After one season struggling to see time with the first team at Norwegian club Molde, Ben Spencer is returning to the United States - at least for one year.
Spencer will join NASL franchise Indy Eleven in the club's inaugural season on a one-year loan, the team announced in a press release.
"I am excited for the opportunity to join Indy Eleven. I think it is the start of something really special," said Spencer in the team's press release. "I look forward to being a part of this team and the growth of soccer in Indianapolis."
Spencer joined Molde early last season after developing his game in the youth academies of both Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake.
The 18-year-old forward made two appearances for Molde in league action last season, including his debut in a 15-minute cameo during Molde's 4-0 win over Valerenga on September 1.
Spencer dressed two more times for the first team, but the 6-foot-5 New Mexico native only stepped on the field again in another substitute appearance in the team's last match of the Tippeligaen season.
Spencer, who was a member of the U.S. Under-18 team and appeared in an U.S. U-20 national team camps late in November 2013, became the 16th member of the Indy Eleven by signing on loan with the team after impressing during a 10-day preseason training stint in Orlando.
"He's a very big, athletic striker, yet he's still very mobile and has great feet," said coach/director of soccer operations Juergen Sommer in the press release. "Ben brings us a different type of attacking option and he's going to be a great addition to the team."
The Indy Eleven opens the season at home against the Carolina RailHawks on April 12.