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Louisville City FC announced

Louisville City logoDetails of a new professional soccer team for Louisville was announced at Bats’ Slugger Field today.

Louisville City Football Club will play in the United Soccer Leagues PRO, the third tier of the American soccer pyramid, starting in March 2015.

It is affiliated with Orlando City Soccer Club, now a Major League Soccer franchise. A five-year deal has been signed that will see four Louisville players shared with Orlando.

The link comes in the form of Jeffersonville architect Wayne Estopinal, who is a minority owner in Orlando. He has been pushing to relocate that franchise’s USL Pro operation to Louisville since it was announced that Orlando were to be part of MLS.

Estopinal will be known to local soccer fans as the owner of Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club and former co-owner of Louisville Lightning, an indoor outfit founded in 2009 that played for three seasons. Orlando’s owner and president is Phil Rawlins, who was a director of  English Premier League’s Stoke City for 14 years.

In fact, there is quite a significant Stoke City connection as the Potters are Orlando City’s sister club, while Louisville City’s new coach will be Irishman James O’Connor, who played for Stoke City from 1998-2003.

The Dubliner was a player-assistant coach with Orlando but will retire from playing duties to concentrate on his new role.

Could this be the first step in an MLS franchise for Louisville?

“We have no idea whether or not that will happen here, but the more noise we make, the more seats we fill, and the more championships we win, we have a great chance at  looking at that,” Estopinal said at the announcement.



Irishman James O’Connor will be the coach of Louisville City, which will kick off in the USL PRO in 2015.USL PRO began its inaugural season in 2011  and is sanctioned as a Division III Professional League by the United States Soccer Federation, placing it under Major League Soccer (Division I) and the North American Soccer League (Division II) in the hierarchy.

Louisville’s logo (seen above) comprises a purple bourbon barrel placed behind a gold Fleur-de-lis.

It features 14 teams this year, with expansion franchises in Colorado Springs, Colorado, St Louis, Missouri and Tulsa, Oklahoma already announced.

Games will be played at Slugger Field and Louisville City has set ticket prices at $10 to $25 per game, with season tickets costing $240 to $420, based on an expected 15-game home schedule. Tickets are now on sale to the general public at LouisvilleCityFC.com.

Louisville’s logo (seen above) comprises a purple bourbon barrel placed behind a gold Fleur-de-lis.