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Indianapolis is getting a men’s professional soccer team.

The new Indiana franchise, owned by Indianapolis developer Ersal Ozdemir, is the 12th team to join the North American Soccer League. Other teams include the Atlanta Silverbacks, defending champion Tampa Bay Rowdies, San Antonio Scorpions and New York Cosmos.

Bill Peterson, commissioner of the soccer league, made the announcement Wednesday.

For the 2014 season, Indy Pro Soccer is in discussions with Indiana University to play its home games at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI.

“We are working with our friends at Indiana University to ensure that Carroll Stadium is ready for the team and the fans and to provide an incredible soccer experience in downtown Indianapolis,” Ozdemir said in a news release. “To meet our goals, a new stadium will provide the best opportunity for success.”

The franchise is asking soccer fans to vote in an advisory poll on the team’s official name at IndyProSoccer.com.

The team’s coach will be selected later this year.

A $25 deposit will reserve a single season ticket for 2014. The deposit also will secure a priority seat selection number that will determine a fan’s position for seat selection later this year.

Season tickets range from $135 to $390 for 15 home games. Individual ticket prices range from $10 to $30. A limited number of suites and high-end club seats will be offered.

The league is a Division II professional league, as determined by U.S. Soccer Federation, placing it a step below Major League Soccer.

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