LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With a second place overall finish in the league, the most goals scored and an Eastern Conference Final appearance, Louisville City FC left little to be desired in on-field improvements going into year two. Yet, in efforts to make the club an even stronger threat for a league title, coach James O’Connor is taking his team to Bradenton, Fla., to participate in a two-week pro training program at the world-class IMG Academy beginning Feb. 14.
“I’d like to thank the ownership group for giving us the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks at IMG Academy,” O’Connor said. “This time will allow the new players to settle in with our group and, at this stage, we just can’t wait to get going again.”
IMG Academy offers innovative, comprehensive and customized training programs for athletes on its 500-acre campus with unparalleled facilities. The players are given a detailed schedule for meals, mobility, skills and strength training, and simulated matches on IMG’s 16-professional quality Bermuda-grass fields.
Louisville City FC will have access to IMG’s elite team of specialists in training, rehabilitation, vision training, weight training, and mental conditioning. The club will also have the opportunity to compete with other professional teams/players in the form of coordinated friendlies.
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IMG Academy has hosted notable alums that went on to make several caps with the U.S. Men’s National team such as Landon Donovan, Demarcus Beasley, Tim Howard, Eddie Johnson, and Michael Parkhurst. Other soccer stars such as Jon Busch, Jari Litmanen (Finland National Team from 1989-2010), Anthony Ampaipitakwong (Bangkok United), Kurt Morsink (D.C. united 2010-2012), and Louisville’s own Andrew Farell (New England Revolution).
The Club will return to Louisville on Feb. 28 to continue it’s preseason. The preseason schedule will be released in the coming weeks with the United Soccer League schedule to follow. Fans can stay up to date with all of Louisville City’s breaking news, roster updates and ticketing information by following the Club on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Season tickets are available for Louisville City’s historic second season via the Club’s official website.