Louisville City FC

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Louisville City FC
LCFC ShieldLogo-3.png
Full name Louisville City Football Club
Nickname(s) Lou City
Founded 2014
Stadium Louisville Slugger Field, Kentucky[1]
Stadium
capacity
Soccer: 8,000 / 13,131 (maximum)
Stadium
coordinates
38°15′22.27″N 85°44′40.75″W / 38.2561861°N 85.7446528°W / 38.2561861; -85.7446528 (Slugger Field)
Owner Wayne Estopinal
Head Coach James O'Connor
League USL
2015 2nd, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: Conference Finals
Website Club home page
Current season

Louisville City FC is an American professional soccer club based in Louisville, Kentucky. The team plays in the United Soccer League, which is currently the third tier of the American soccer pyramid.

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.[2] Orlando City SC holds a minority ownership stake in Louisville City FC.

The team maintained the colors of the Orlando City franchise, and installed former Orlando City player-coach James O'Connor as its first manager.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

History[edit]

In 2013, a group of soccer fans in Louisville formed a supporters group, The Coopers, to build support for professional soccer in Louisville.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

The Coopers occupy a supporter zone in sections 121-123 of Slugger Field behind the Preston Street goal.[9]

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.[10]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of 12 February 2015[11][12]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Goodwin, ScottScott Goodwin      United States
2 Defender Newnam, BenBen Newnam      United States
3 Midfielder Son, JonghyunJonghyun Son      South Korea
4 Midfielder Quinn, AodhanAodhan Quinn      United States
5 Defender Shanosky, ConorConor Shanosky      United States
6 Midfielder Morad, TarekTarek Morad      United States
7 Midfielder Dacres, KadeemKadeem Dacres      United States
8 Midfielder Abend, GuyGuy Abend      Israel
10 Midfielder Rasmussen, MagnusMagnus Rasmussen      Denmark
11 Midfielder McCabe, NiallNiall McCabe      Ireland
12 Midfielder Kaye, Mark-AnthonyMark-Anthony Kaye      Canada
13 Goalkeeper Ranjitsingh, GregGreg Ranjitsingh      Canada
14 Forward Ilic, IlijaIlija Ilic      Serbia
15 Defender Reynolds, SeanSean Reynolds      United States
17 Forward Hoffman, ChandlerChandler Hoffman      United States
18 Forward Lancaster, CameronCameron Lancaster      England
19 Midfielder Lubahn, AndrewAndrew Lubahn      United States
20 Midfielder Montano, EnriqueEnrique Montano      United States
22 Forward Davis IV, GeorgeGeorge Davis IV      United States
Midfielder DelPiccolo, PaoloPaolo DelPiccolo      United States

Staff[edit]

  • United States Wayne Estopinal - Operating Manager
  • United States Amanda Duffy - President
  • United States Brandon Morris - Director of Operations
  • United States Jason Eiche - Director of Corporate Sponsorships
  • United States Steven Peake Jr. - Digital Media Manager
  • United States Tyler Kreft. - Graphic Design & Brand Manager
  • United States Suzy Taylor. - Ticket Manager

Coaching staff[edit]

Team records[edit]

All information in this section as of October 10, 2015

Year-by-year[edit]

Season United Soccer League Play-offs US Open Cup Top Scorer
P W L D GF GA Pts Pos Player Goals
2015 28 14 8 6 55 34 48 2nd, Eastern Conference Conference Finals 4R United States Matthew Fondy 22 (USL Record)

Head coaches[edit]

All Time Louisville City FC Coaching Statistics^
Coach Nationality Start End Games Played Win Loss Draw Winning %
James O'Connor  Ireland 2014 Present 33 17 10 6 51.5%

^ Includes USL regular season, USL Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.

Attendance average[edit]

Season Regular Season Playoffs Total Average
2015 6,765 8,517 6,882

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15]

Honors[edit]

  • Commissioner's Cup
    • Runners Up : 2015
  • Kings Cup
    • Champions : 2015

League honors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leonard, Connie (June 3, 2014). "Scheduling problems fixed for pro soccer at Slugger Field". WorldNow and WAVE TV. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Lintner, Jonathan (June 3, 2014). "Louisville pro soccer club to be unveiled Wednesday". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/soccer/blog/os-orlando-city-usl-franchise-transfer-louisville-20140603,0,476606.post
  4. ^ Lintner, Jonathan (March 27, 2015). "Supporters ready for first Louisville City game". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ Lintner, Jonathan (February 26, 2015). "Retractable mound saves Louisville City FC". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Main, Dalton (January 8, 2014). "Louisville could soon host pro soccer team". WDRB TV. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "About The Coopers". Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ Main, Dalton (January 14, 2014). "Louisville soccer fans rally around possible pro team". WDRB TV. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Louisville City FC - Season Tickets". Louisville City Football Club. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ Tenorio, Paul (June 30, 2015). "Orlando City to own, operate USL franchise in 2016". Orlando Sentinel. 
  11. ^ Lintner, Jonathan (December 5, 2014). "Louisville City FC signs first three players". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ Sorrels, Taylor (February 12, 2015). "LCFC signs Magnus Rasmussen and Niall McCabe". Louisville Coopers. 
  13. ^ a b "Byrd & Sutu join coaching staff". Louisville City FC. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Louisville City FC vs. Lansing United - 2015 U.S. Open Cup - Second Round". www.ussoccer.com. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  15. ^ "USL Squads Dominate U.S. Open Cup Third Round as Dream Runs End for Nearly All Amateur Clubs". U.S. Soccer. May 28, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 

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