Wilt didn’t get TFC job, but is buoyed by Indy’s NASL expansion ticket boom

Peter Wilt

Peter Wilt, the president of the new Indianapolis NASL franchise, can’t conceal his happiness. With a chuckle, he confirmed Saturday that the team has just sold its 1,000th season ticket for the 2014 season, just three days after the club was officially announced as an expansion franchise.

?“We have a 1,000 season tickets sold without a team name, without team colours,” said Wilt. “This is a great sports community.”

For four months, Wilt, the executive who brought the Chicago Fire into MLS, has been rallying the community and doing fact-finding meetings with potential supporters and sponsors. And all signs pointed to the fact that Indy would be a strong soccer market.

But, Wilt who, at the moment, is the franchise’s only employee, thought he might be leaving the job a couple of months ago. He was a candidate for the then-vacant Toronto FC general manager and president position, which eventually went to former D.C. United boss Kevin Payne.

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