Louisville City FC announces initial roster moves for 2019 season
Core of 14 players from 2018 USL Cup campaign to return under head coach John Hackworth and staff
Louisville City Football Club can today announce its initial roster moves ahead of the 2019 USL Season beginning in March. All signings are pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, terms of individual contracts will not be released.
After becoming the first back-to-back USL champions in history, LouCity welcomes back nine members from the 2017 and 2018 triumphs and 14 total members from the 2018 USL Cup-winning side. Club captain Paolo DelPiccolo returns, as do the other members of the former player-coach “Triumvirate” in midfielder George Davis IV and forward Luke Spencer. In addition, after setting the LouCity single-season record for clean sheets, goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh will also return as a member of Los Morados.
The full list of players currently under contract for head coach John Hackworth include:
Goalkeepers Greg Ranjitsingh, Chris Hubbard; Defenders Oscar Jimenez, Alexis Souahy, Sean Totsch, Shaun Francis, Pat McMahon; Midfielders Paolo DelPiccolo, Jose Carranza, Magnus Rasmussen, Richard Ballard, Brian Ownby, George Davis IV; Forward Luke Spencer.
After securing a high number of returning players, head coach John Hackworth described the impact that will have on his team’s success heading into 2019:
“I cannot overstate the importance of being able to bring back a significant part of our core group from last season. Character in the locker room is one of the few things you cannot measure but will absolutely be the primary driver of our success in the 2019 season. We have so many talented individuals and each member of this returning group will serve an important role as we look to accomplish our goal of repeating as USL champions again next year.”
Louisville City FC Roster as of Wednesday, November 21:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chris Hubbard, Greg Ranjitsingh
DEFENDERS (5): Shaun Francis, Oscar Jimenez, Pat McMahon, Alexis Souahy, Sean Totsch
MIDFIELDERS (6): Richard Ballard, Jose Carranza, George Davis IV, Paolo DelPiccolo, Brian Ownby, Magnus Rasmussen
FORWARDS (1): Luke Spencer
Continuity is a pride point for City with this season marking the fourth-straight in which at least ten members return from the year previous and the second-straight season in which City returns at least 14 members from the year previous.
Louisville City FC’s 2019 preseason is set to begin in early February with a trip to renowned training facility IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
As preparations continue, Season Ticket Membership packages for the 2019 USL season are still available for purchase. Through purchasing 2019 season ticket packages, you get priority access to season tickets in LouCity’s Butchertown stadium development, which is set to be completed in 2020. Visit LouCity.com/seasontickets or call (502) LOU-CITY to secure your seats for the team’s final season at Slugger Field.
About Louisville City FC
Louisville City FC is the defending back-to-back champion of the United Soccer League (USL), a professional league based in the United States and Canada. Since its inaugural season in 2014, LouCity has been committed to serving the community of Louisville and commonwealth of Kentucky as the lone professional soccer team in the state. Ground was broken this summer in Butchertown near downtown Louisville for a $65-million soccer-specific stadium, which will be complete in 2020 with a seating capacity of 11,300. Get the latest news on LouCity at LouisvilleCityFC.com and via the club’s channels on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.