Louisville City FC
|Full name||Louisville City Football Club|
|Stadium||Louisville Slugger Field, Kentucky|
|Soccer: 8,000 / 13,131 (maximum)|
|Head Coach||James O'Connor|
|2015||2nd, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: Conference Finals
|Website||Club home page|
Louisville City FC principal owner Wayne Estopinal acquired the USL license previously held by Orlando City when the latter began play in the 2014–2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) as an expansion side. Orlando City SC holds a minority ownership stake in Louisville City FC.
Home games are played at Louisville Slugger Field, 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.
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.
Beginning with the 2016 season, Orlando City SC will end its affiliation with LCFC and operate an Orlando-based USL franchise. 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.
- Wayne Estopinal - Operating Manager
- Amanda Duffy - President
- Brandon Morris - Director of Operations
- Jason Eiche - Director of Corporate Sponsorships
- Steven Peake Jr. - Digital Media Manager
- Tyler Kreft. - Graphic Design & Brand Manager
- Suzy Taylor. - Ticket Manager
All information in this section as of October 10, 2015
|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)|
|Coach||Nationality||Start||End||Games Played||Win||Loss||Draw||Winning %|
^ Includes USL regular season, USL Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
|Season||Regular Season||Playoffs||Total Average|
U.S. Open Cup
On May 13, 2015, Louisville City FC competed in the second round of the 102nd Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup , versus Lansing United, a member of the fourth tier NPSL. Lou City beat Lansing United 1-0 on an own goal. On May 27, 2015, Louisville City defeated Indy Eleven of the second-tier NASL 2-0 in added time to advance to the fourth round, where they would lose 1-0 AET to MLS side Chicago Fire, its first ever match against an MLS side.
- Commissioner's Cup
- Runners Up : 2015
- Kings Cup
- Champions : 2015
- Most Valuable Player
- Matt Fondy : 2015
- Defender of the Year
- Bryan Burke : 2015
- Golden Boot
- Matt Fondy : 2015 (22 Goals)
- Assists Champion
- Bryan Burke : 2015 (10 Assists)
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- Louisville FC Official Website
- Pro soccer is coming: Louisville FC to begin play in 2015
- Orlando City's USL franchise to rebrand, relocate to Louisville