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.
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.
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.
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.
Colours and Badge
Louisville City's players wear a uniform completely purple in home matches. The away kit is yellow and white. The team's logo maintains Orlando City's colors but pays homage to its new town, with a purple bourbon barrel placed behind a gold Fleur-de-lis.
Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, Kentucky.
Louisville City FC supporter groups have created one of the most unique and enjoyable match environments in United Soccer League. Recognized Supporter Groups have certain privileges that are approved by the Club, such as the use of flags, tifos, instruments and controlled smoke, to assist in building a memorable home match atmosphere. There are two groups:
The Louisville coopers and The Purple Family
USL Regular season
Runners Up (2): 2015, 2016
Champions: 2015, 2016, 2017
Most Valuable Player
Matt Fondy : 2015
Defender of the Year
Bryan Burke : 2015
Matt Fondy : 2015 (22 Goals)
Bryan Burke : 2015 (10 Assists)
USL Midseason MVP
Chandler Hoffman : 2016
USL Midseason Rookie of the Year
Kyle Smith : 2016
Official website: http://www.louisvillecityfc.com/
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