By Mark Ambrogi
Indy Eleven midfielder Daniel Keller is sharing his soccer skills and knowledge with youngsters.
Keller, 25, is serving as the lead coach for the team’s youth summer camps.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to give back to the game,” said Keller, in his third year with Indy Eleven. “Obviously, the game has given a lot to me. When I was younger, I spent my summer going to camps. For me, it was the former Indiana professional team, the Indiana Blast. I would go to Carmel United camps. I remember how much an impact those camps had on my career. To be able to give back and pay it forward to these kids is something I take pride in.”
The Carmel resident has a degree in finance and economics from the University of Louisville.
“At some point, I might venture in the business world,” Keller said. “Soccer is a game I’ll always follow closely and when I have my own kids someday, I’ll definitely be involved with their teams.”
Keller is running a Carmel Dads Club camp, which started June 19. Keller, a 2010 Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School graduate who grew up in Carmel, redshirted and then played at Louisville from 2011 to 2014. Keller went from a walk-on to starter at Louisville.
He was a Major League Soccer third-round draft selection of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
“I got to meet President (Barack) Obama because the team had won the MLS Cup the previous season and followed the tradition of going to the White House,” Keller said.
Keller suffered a severe hamstring tear during preseason action in Europe and was released. He rehabbed his injury for a few months and then Indy Eleven brought him in on a trial basis and he’s been there ever since.
The camps include instruction and appearances by Indy Eleven players and coaches, a ticket to a 2017 Indy Eleven game and an Indy Eleven Soccer Camp T-shirt.
The remaining camps include:
- June 26 to 29- Grand Park (Youth), Westfield, 9 a.m, to 12 p.m.
- July 10 to 13– United Soccer Alliance of Indiana, 7725 W. 56th St., Indianapolis.
- July 17 to 20– Eagle Rec and Enrichment, Jennings Field, Zionsville, 5 to 8 p.m.
- July 24 to 27– Indy Premier, Trinity Park, Noblesville, 9 a.m. to noon.
There are high school camps at Grand Park for girls June 26-27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and boys June 28-29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, visit indyeleven.com/indy-eleven-youth-soccer-camps.