Louisville City FC is delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Niall McCabe to a new contract, who will become one of just two players to have been with LouCity since its inception with the new deal. The deal comes pending league and federation clearance and per club policy, details of the contract will not be released.
The Irishman returns after becoming LouCity’s lone centurion in USL play, reaching the profound 100 appearance mark in a 2-1 win over North Carolina FC on October 9. A fixture in the LouCity side for the last four seasons, McCabe has totaled 105 appearances and 79 starts and has scored 15 goals with 16 assists in that span.
Head coach John Hackworth was quick to complement McCabe’s work rate and range of skill as he comes back for a fifth season with the club:
“Niall was a big part of the team’s success last year and, like a lot of the group, is a leader in the locker room that we can’t value enough. He puts in more than what is required every day and you can see what being able to contribute on the field means to him. His passion to compete is outstanding, both in training and games. We’re obviously very excited to have Niall back in the fold for next year.”
Part of the back-to-back USL Cup championship teams, McCabe was called upon more than ever in the 2018 USL season, registering 33 appearances with 26 games started. The Young Harris College graduate also has a record year in both the goal and assist columns, posting six goals and six assists.
On putting pen to paper to return as a member of Los Morados, McCabe described his elation:
“First and foremost, I’m delighted to be back. I don’t think there is a better place to be in the USL than the back-to-back champions. The group wants to create a dynasty and we’re totally focused and driven to do that. Exciting times are ahead with the stadium and I’m looking forward to being a small part in that. To the fans, I look forward to seeing you guys packings the stands and willing us to another championship.”
McCabe will again wear the No.11 shirt for City and becomes the 15th member to remain with LouCity following the 2018 season.
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.
Name: Niall McCabe
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Weight: 167 lbs
Prev. Club: Young Harris College (NCAA)
Louisville City FC Permanent Roster as of Tuesday, November 27:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chris Hubbard, Greg Ranjitsingh
DEFENDERS (5): Pat McMahon, Alexis Souahy, Oscar Jimenez, Sean Totsch, Shaun Francis
MIDFIELDERS (5):Richard Ballard, Jose Carranza, Paolo DelPiccolo, Niall McCabe, Magnus Rasmussen
FORWARDS (3):George Davis IV, Brian Ownby, Luke Spencer