LOUISVILLE (January 11, 2018) – Louisville City FC has finalized its ranks in the goalkeeper position with the addition of former University of Notre Dame standout, goalkeeper Chris Hubbard, pending federation registration. Per club policy, terms of the contract will not be released.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Hubbard’s impressive career catapulted at Trinity High School, where he earned All-America honors as a senior and was named the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year. With roots running deep, Hubbard has trained under the direction of LouCity FC goalkeeper coach Thabane Sutu since first crossing paths nearly a decade ago.
“To sign for my hometown club is awesome, especially because I’ve trained with everyone there the past few summers,” said the goalkeeper.
“I never would have thought that – when Thabane [Sutu] was training me as a 12-year-old – that I’d be at this point and now it’s a dream come true. He’s like a second father to me. To be able to work with him again at this level is incredible. I get to essentially train with one of my best friends.”
In his final season for the Irish in South Bend, IN, Hubbard guided Notre Dame to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, racking up 52 saves in that span (0.97 GAA). Owning the net for his final three seasons for the Irish, Hubbard tallied up over 60 appearances – starting every competitive match – and 174 saves in total, keeping a clean sheet one-third of the time he was in net.
“I just want to try to raise the level. This will be different for me in a way. I’m just looking to up the intensity and, again, push the limit in training and I hope to earn my time on the field,” said Hubbard.
Preseason for the “Boys in Purple” will commence on February 5 with the squad returning to Louisville before their two-week stint at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Following the club’s 2017 USL Cup-winning campaign, season ticket packages for the 2018 season are currently available; for details, visit www.LouCityFC.com.
Name: Chris Hubbard
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Born: 11/23/1994 (23)
Weight: 203 lbs
Previous Club: Univ. of Notre Dame (NCAA)
Louisville City FC Roster as of Thursday, January 11:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Dobrolowski, Chris Hubbard, Greg Ranjitsingh
DEFENDERS (4): Paco Craig, Kyle Smith, Sean Totsch, Pat McMahon
MIDFIELDERS (9): Richard Ballard, George Davis IV, Paolo DelPiccolo, Oscar Jimenez, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Niall McCabe, Brian Ownby, Magnus Rasmussen, Devon “Speedy” Williams
FORWARDS (3): Ilija Ilic, Cameron Lancaster, Luke Spencer
About Louisville City FC
Since its launch in 2014, Louisville City FC has been committed to serving the community of Louisville as the city’s professional soccer team. The 2017 season marked the third year of play for LouCity in the United Soccer League (USL), a professional soccer league based in the United States and Canada. On October 26, the Louisville Metro Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new soccer-specific stadium in the Butchertown neighborhood with a projected opening slated for March 2020.
Finishing in the top five in average attendance in the USL at Slugger Field since 2015, LouCity’s remarkable 2017 campaign included winning the 2017 USL Cup in the club’s first appearance in the final. Get the latest news on LouCity at LouisvilleCityFC.com and via the club’s channels on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.