Louisville City FC is elated to announce the return of defender Paco Craig for the 2019 USL Season. The defender put pen to paper on Tuesday, with league and federation clearance approved. The Londoner becomes the 20th rostered player for LouCity and is the 17th returning member from the 2018 USL Cup-winning squad.
After inking his new deal, Craig told LouisvilleCityFC.com:
“Having the opportunity to represent the club again is extremely exciting for me as, along with my teammates, we have been able to make history and build a really successful team. Being able to build on top of that a chance to create even more history is a very tantalizing prospect.”
City boss John Hackworth had this to say on the Club’s ability to secure a player of Craig’s quality:
“It is great to have Paco back because he is so important to this team both on and off the field. While his performances on the field have earned him well-deserved league recognition, the intangibles he brings to our group cannot be overstated. Specifically, his willingness to learn, his competitiveness, and his leadership were—and will be—welcomed back in our locker room.”
“In my humble opinion, Paco’s return will help us tremendously as we look to defend the Cup again.”
Turning professional after a successful collegiate career with Young Harris College, the two-time USL All-League First Team honoree returns for his fourth season in a City shirt and comes back as a two-time USL Cup champion after winning back-to-back triumphs in 2017 and 2018.
The defender will re-join the team in January in Louisville before its 2019 camp at world renowned 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: Paco Craig
Hometown: London, England
Weight: 190 lbs
Prev. Club: Young Harris College (NCAA)
Louisville City FC Permanent Roster as of Thursday, January 3:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Tim Dobrowolski, Chris Hubbard
DEFENDERS (7): Paco Craig, Shaun Francis, Alexis Souahy, Oscar Jimenez, Pat McMahon, Taylor Peay, Sean Totsch
MIDFIELDERS (6): Richard Ballard, Jose Carranza, Paolo DelPiccolo, Napo Matsoso, Niall McCabe, Magnus Rasmussen
FORWARDS (5): George Davis IV, Sunny Jane, Lucky Mkosana, Brian Ownby, Luke Spencer