Louisville City FC
|Full name||Louisville City Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Lou City, The Boys in Purple|
|Founded||June 4, 2014|
|Stadium||Louisville Slugger Field
|13,131 (full capacity)
|Head Coach||James O'Connor|
|League||United Soccer League|
|2017||1st, Eastern Conference
Louisville City FC is an American professional soccer club based in Louisville, Kentucky. The team plays in the Eastern Conference of the United Soccer League (USL), which is currently the second tier of the American soccer pyramid.
The club was founded in 2014 and began USL play in 2015. After reaching the Eastern Conference finals of the USL playoffs in both its initial two seasons, the club went on to win the 2017 United Soccer League (USL) Cup in only its third season of existence, in addition to being the regular season and postseason 2017 Eastern Conference Champions. They play in the Eastern Conference of the USL as well as play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and have rivalries with Saint Louis FC, FC Cincinnati, and Indy Eleven.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Supporters
- 4 Rivalries
- 5 Colors and badge
- 6 Players
- 7 Staff
- 8 Coaching staff
- 9 Team Records
- 10 Honors
- 11 League honors
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
In 2014 former Louisville City FC principal owner Wayne Estopinal acquired the USL license previously held by Orlando City when the latter began play in Major League Soccer (MLS) as an expansion side. Orlando City SC held a minority ownership stake in Louisville City FC during the latter's inaugural campaign in 2015.
Beginning with the 2016 season, Orlando City SC ended its affiliation with LCFC and began operating the Orlando City B USL team. LCFC announced that while it has no immediate plans to seek an affiliation, it most likely will partner with an international franchise over an MLS one. Despite this move, Orlando City SC plans to maintain ties with Louisville.
Louisville Slugger Field (2015–present)
Since the inaugural 2015 season, home games have been played at Louisville Slugger Field. It is a multi-use facility that serves as the primary home of the Louisville Bats, Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Though Slugger Field officially seats 13,131 for baseball games, an attendance of 8,000 is considered a soccer sellout due to limited viewing in the stadium's current baseball diamond configuration. The pitcher's mound at Slugger Field was retrofitted with a retractable jack to allow a level playing surface for soccer games prior to the start of the inaugural season.
Planned Butchertown Stadium
In April 2017, the ownership group announced that it had an option to purchase five adjacent parcels of land, totaling 40 acres (16 ha), in the Butchertown neighborhood just to the east of Slugger Field for a mixed-use project that would include a 10,000-seat soccer stadium. The plan initially called for the stadium to be expandable to 20,000 seats, and the overall complex would also include offices, retail space, and a hotel.
On September 22nd of 2017, Louisville Metro mayor Greg Fischer announced a stadium deal that calls for the merged city–county government to borrow $30 million in order to purchase the land, with Louisville City investors responsible for developing the site and repaying about half of the borrowed funds. While the initial capacity of the stadium did not change, the revised plan allowed for possible expansion to 25,000, and it was also revealed that the overall plan could include a second hotel.
On October 26th of 2017, Louisville Metro Council voted overwhelmingly to approve the stadium deal shortly after the ownership group secured $130 million in private financing for the overall project; the council voted at the same time to apply to the Kentucky General Assembly for a tax-increment financing district for the project. The stadium is currently projected to open in March 2020, satisfying a USL mandate that all franchises play in soccer-specific stadiums by the 2020 season.
In 2013, a group of soccer fans in Louisville formed a supporters group, The Coopers, to build support for professional soccer in Louisville. The Coopers take their name from Louisville's bourbon distilling tradition, where coopers make barrels that are used to age bourbon and give it a distinct flavor.
In January 2014, a potential local ownership group invited the owners of Orlando City Soccer Club to Louisville to meet with The Coopers. After the meeting, Orlando City owner Phil Rawlins noted that The Coopers were already a "great supporters group" and predicted that a professional team would be successful in Louisville.
The Coopers occupy a supporter zone in sections 121-123 of Slugger Field behind the Preston Street goal.
Louisville City FC played and won its first professional match 2-0 against Saint Louis FC on opening day of the 2015 USL season. Since then the two sides have fostered a friendly rivalry for the King's Cup.
River Cities Cup
The annual rivalry with FC Cincinnati for the River Cities Cup, also known as "The Dirty River Derby", is one of the most hotly contested matches in lower division US soccer. The two cities are located a mere 100 miles apart from each other along the Ohio River. Due to this proximity, the matches tend to draw well and often feature aggressive play for local bragging rights.
Colors and badge
The team maintained the original colors of the Orlando City franchise; purple, gold and white. The first proposed team crest featured a golden Fleur-de-lis atop of a purple bourbon barrel. However, due to fan outcry this design was abandoned and a design contest was held to select a new crest. The winning design consists of a purple Fleur-de-lis recessed into a golden bourbon barrel at the bottom with a partial skyline of the City of Louisville at the top.  The partial skyline includes Preston Pointe, Aegon Center, PNC Tower, and the Humana Building.
|Seasons||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
- John Neace - Chairman
- Davena Vowels - Controller
- David Walkovic - Director of Ticket Sales
- Campbell Brewer - Director of Corporate Sponsorships
- Scott Stewart - Director of Media Relations
- Brad Gordon - Director of Merchandising and Game Day Operations
- Brandon Morris - Director of Operations
- Zach Darst - Account Executive
- Eric Schenasi - Account Executive
- Kyle Collins - Graphic Designer
- Jared Stilger - Merchandise Manager
All information in this section as of November 13, 2017
|Season||United Soccer League||Play-offs||US Open Cup||Top Scorer|
|2015||28||14||8||6||55||34||48||2nd, Eastern Conference||Conference Finals||4R||Matthew Fondy||22 (USL Record)|
|2016||30||17||4||9||52||27||60||2nd, Eastern Conference||Conference Finals||3R||Chandler Hoffman||14|
|2017||32||18||6||8||58||31||62||1st, Eastern Conference||Champions||3R||Luke Spencer||10|
^ Includes USL regular season, USL Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
|Season||Regular Season||Playoffs||Total Average|
- As of November 15th, 2017 
- As of November 15th, 2017 
|4||George Davis IV||2016–||12||1||0||13|
- As of November 15th, 2017 
- USL Cup
- Winners: 2017
- USL Regular Season
- Eastern Conference
- Kings Cup
- Champions (3): 2015, 2016, 2017
- River Cities Cup
- Champions : 2017
- Most Valuable Player
- Defender of the Year
- Golden Boot
- Assists Champion
- USL Cup Final MVP
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- Lintner, Jonathan (June 3, 2014). "Louisville pro soccer club to be unveiled Wednesday". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
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- Green, Marcus (April 11, 2017). "Louisville City FC seeks to build new stadium in Butchertown". Louisville, KY: WDRB. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
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