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Paco Craig

18 Defender
Date of Birth: 10/19/1992
Hometown: London, England
Previous club/team: Young Harris College
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 190 pounds

2017: Craig made his first start of the year April 22 at FC Cincinnati, going the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw...After tallying four shots, with one on target, he connected on his first goal of the season July 22 at Saint Louis FC, tapping in a cross from fellow defender Oscar Jimenez that gave LouCity the lead...Craig’s second goal came the next week, also from Jimenez, in the 39th minute of a win over the New York Red Bulls II. It led to a USL Team of the Week recognition for the defender. 

2016: In his first season with Louisville City FC, Craig made an immediate impact, playing two minutes but recording the game-winning assist away on April 22 against the Harrisburg City Islanders in a 3-2 victory. Craig, who made his first start June 18 against the Rochester Rhinos, scored his first goal Aug. 13 in the Rhinos’ return trip to Slugger Field. He also netted a crucial goal Oct. 16 against the New York Red Bulls II in the Eastern Conference Final. Craig logged the most minutes among all LouCity players in the postseason, mainly in central defense.

Before Louisville City: Craig played alongside Louisville City FC teammates Ilija Ilic and Niall McCabe at Young Harris College, totaling 17 goals and 14 assists in three seasons. He was named to the NSCAA All-America Team for the third consecutive year in 2015. Craig became only the second Young Harris College player to win the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year awards during his career. He was a leader on a defense that led the conference with seven shutouts and finished second in the league with 22 goals allowed and a 1.04 goals-against average. While in college, he played for the USL PDL side Ocala Stampede, helping his team win the Southeast Conference, and was named to 2015 All-Conference team. Before coming to the United States, Craig suited up for West Ham United’s youth academy in London, England. He is the son of English musician Mikey Craig, bassist for 1980s pop group Culture Club.

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