Courtesy of Connor Cunningham
Louisville City FC and head coach John Hackworth have mutually agreed to terminate Hackworth’s contract with the club, it was announced Tuesday.
Top assistant Danny Cruz, has been appointed interim head coach as the 2021 season continues. The boys in purple — who opened with a 2-0 victory last Saturday over Atlanta United 2 — return May 8 to host Birmingham Legion FC at Lynn Family Stadium.
“We are excited for Danny to take the reins of LouCity — a well-earned opportunity,” said LouCity president Brad Estes. “The momentum of this organization is unwavering, and we will continue to support our players and staff in their mission to fill the trophy case.”
Cruz joined the club’s staff in September of 2018, seeing through the end of a campaign leading to LouCity’s second straight USL Championship title. Also as technical director for the boys in purple, his responsibilities have included retaining and signing players.
“I have a responsibility to that group in the locker room and to this club to continue the success that’s expected,” Cruz said. “I take a lot of pride in that, and I understand the importance of the opportunity.”
A U.S. Soccer Federation A license coaching candidate, Cruz spent nearly a decade as a professional player, too, totaling 137 Major League Soccer appearances with the Houston Dynamo, D.C. United and Philadelphia Union.
The Petersburg, Va., native Cruz and his wife, Brittney, live in Louisville with their son, Santiago.