Louisville City Football Club's first-ever Academy Cup team flew to Florida Thursday to compete in the USL Academy Cup's Eastern Conference event set for Friday through Sunday at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Louisville City is one of 33 clubs competing in this year's Academy Cup. The USL Academy Cup has two age groups, the U17s and the U13s. Louisville City will be fielding a team of local All-Star soccer players in the U17 division.
“Our roster for the inaugural USL Academy Cup is a great representation of Kentucky Youth Soccer,” Louisville City Director of Youth Development Mario Sanchez said.
Louisville City will take on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Friday night at 7 p.m. on the PSC Field 1. LouCity will play South Georgia Tormenta FC Sunday at 10 a.m. on PSC Field 2, and close out their schedule with a Monday night showdown vs. FC Miami City at 8 p.m. on Field 1.
Other teams in the USL Academy Cup Eastern Conference event include North Carolina, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Charlotte Independence, Weston FC, Cedar Stars Rush, Colorado Pride Switchbacks, Boston Volts, and Chicago FC United.
The USL Academy program was founded in 2019 specifically for the 2020 USL Academy Cup. All of the young men on the Academy Cup roster train independently with their club and high school teams and have come together to train weekly as a team for Louisville City as well.
LouCity’s current Academy Cup roster, listed alphabetically by position:
Goalkeepers (2): Clayton Brooks, John Jeffus
Defenders (6): Anthony Cano, Owen Damm, Kuker Nodler, Sebastian Sanchez, Patrick Walz, Josh Wynder
Midfielders (5): Damir Beganovic, Carlos Moguel Jr, Brendan Schonwetter, Nate Traughber, Elijah Wynder
Forwards (4): Dino Hodzic, Eyob McFarland, Zach Schonwetter, Eldin Velic