Louisville City FC
|Full name||Louisville City Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Lou City, The Boys in Purple, Los Morados|
|Founded||June 4, 2014|
Louisville Slugger Field|
13,131 (full capacity)|
|League||United Soccer League|
1st, Eastern Conference|
Louisville City Football Club 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 first two seasons, the club went on to win the 2017 USL Cup in only its third season of existence.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Supporters
- 4 Rivalries
- 5 Colors and badge
- 6 Players
- 7 Staff
- 8 Coaching staff
- 9 Team records
- 10 Player records
- 11 Honors
- 12 League honors
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 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.
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 22, 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 26, 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.
By the time the official groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 28, 2018, the planned initial capacity had changed to 11,000.
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.
Dirty River Derby
The annual rivalry with FC Cincinnati for the Dirty River Derby, also known as "River Cities Cup", 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
- Brad Estes – Executive Vice President
- Davena Vowels – Controller
- Patrick Stewart – Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
- Pat Denbow – Vice President, Partnerships & Business Development
- Campbell Brewer – Director, Corporate Partnerships
- Brad Gordon – Director, Business Development
- Scott Stewart – Director, Public Relations & Broadcasting
- David Walkovic – Director, Ticket Sales
- Brandon Morris – Director, Operations
- George Davis IV , Paolo DelPiccolo, and Luke Spencer– Interim Head Coach 
- vacant – Assistant Coach
- Thabane Sutu – Assistant Coach
All information in this section as of July 7, 2018
|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|
|2018||16||8||3||5||24||17||29||3rd, Eastern Conference||TBD||QF||Cameron Lancaster||9|
|James O'Connor||Ireland||June 4, 2014||June 30, 2018||125||71||26||28||56.80|
|Player Coaches‡||United States||July 1, 2018||Present||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Season||Regular Season||Playoffs||Total Average|
- As of July 7th, 2018
- As of July 7th, 2018
|4||George Davis IV||2016–||14||1||0||15|
- As of July 7th, 2018
- USL Cup
- Winners: 2017
- USL Regular Season
- Eastern Conference
- Kings Cup
- Champions (4): 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- River Cities Cup
- Champions (2): 2017, 2018
- Most Valuable Player
- Defender of the Year
- Golden Boot
- Assists Champion
- USL Cup Final MVP
- USL All-League 1st Team
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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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- "Louisville City FC is prepared to proceed with players George Davis IV, Paolo DelPiccolo, and Luke Spencer carrying in place as joint interim head coaches". Louisville City FC.
- "Byrd & Sutu join coaching staff". Louisville City FC. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- Finley, Marty (June 29, 2018). "Louisville City FC head coach leaving for MLS job". www.bizjournals.com. Louisville, KY: Louisville Business First. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
Louisville City FC players George Davis IV, Paolo DelPiccolo and Luke Spencer have been named joint interim head coaches, and the club said O'Connor will coach Louisville City FC in its match against the New York Red Bulls II on Saturday night at Louisville Slugger Field.
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