Louisville City FC players and fans mingled Friday night at a season kickoff event at Over The 9 brewery. | Photo by Boris Ladwig
Louisville City FC players and fans mingled Friday night at a season kickoff event at Over The 9 brewery. | Photo by Boris Ladwig

Louisville City Football Club has finished its preseason undefeated, edging Indy Eleven by 1-0 in Indianapolis Saturday afternoon.

It’s a nice win for Louisville’s United Soccer League team, as Indy 11 plays a league higher, in the second division North American Soccer League, where the team finished 9th out of 12 last fall. LouCity finished its inaugural season in second place in the USL’s Eastern Conference.

Before Saturday’s win, LouCity already had beaten Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, U of L and UK. The team scored a combined eight goals in those three matches and conceded none.

As Louisville City FC prepares to kick off its regular season, the club has begun selling individual match tickets here. Five-match packs, group tickets and premium seats, with access to an air-conditioned suite, are available.

The club finalized its roster last week, signing three new players to expand the squad to 23, three more than in the inaugural season. Fifteen players returned from last season. While the club lost league MVP Matt Fondy and Defender of the Year Bryan Burke to second-division Jacksonville Armada, fans and team officials have said an expanded roster gives the team more depth and makes the lineup and formation less predictable.

The club will play the first match of its second season Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.. Its home opener will be 3 p.m. April 2 at Slugger Field.

About 100 supporters showed up Friday night to a season kickoff event at Over the 9 brewpub. The team unveiled this season’s jerseys, including a special one with white and gold stripes, and players chatted with fans and autographed memorabilia.

LouCity FC averaged about 6,700 spectators last year, second in the league, but club officials also have said the lack of a soccer-specific stadium is hampering the team’s ability to generate revenues through concessions and advertising. Louisville Metro Government agreed in January to pay $75,000 to determine the feasibility of constructing a new 8,000- to 10,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in four potential areas, including downtown Louisville.

City leaders have said that the stadium could increase the city’s vibrancy and help business with talent attraction and retention, but both club and city officials are mum on the stadium’s potential cost and who would pay.

LouCity leaders hope to eventually have the club play in the first division, Major League Soccer.

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Boris Ladwig
Boris Ladwig is a reporter with more than 20 years of experience and has won awards from multiple journalism organizations in Indiana and Kentucky for feature series, news, First Amendment/community affairs, nondeadline news, criminal justice, business and investigative reporting. As part of The (Columbus, Indiana) Republic’s staff, he also won the Kent Cooper award, the top honor given by the Associated Press Managing Editors for the best overall news writing in the state. A graduate of Indiana State University, he is a soccer aficionado (Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln), singer and travel enthusiast who has visited countries on five continents. He speaks fluent German, rudimentary French and bits of Spanish, Italian, Khmer and Mandarin.