Two Louisville City FC personalities and the team as a whole are up for local Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards (ESPYs) presented by ESPN Louisville, found at AM 680 and FM 105.7.
Voting started Wednesday for categories such as Best Team (LouCity), Best Coach (James O’Connor) and Best Male Athlete (Matt Fondy).
Along with LouCity, Western Kentucky football, Indiana basketball, Louisville baseball and New Albany High School basketball are up for Best Team. The second-year pro soccer club finished a runner-up in 2015’s United Soccer League standings. This year, LouCity will carry a 15-game USL unbeaten streak into Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. meeting with the Charleston Battery at Slugger Field.
Competition for O’Connor, who’s working his first head coaching job and oversees LouCity’s player signings, includes U of L baseball’s Dan McDonnell, WKU football’s Jeff Brohm, IU basketball’s Tom Crean, New Albany basketball’s Jim Shannon and Troy Williams, who coaches at Doss High School.
Fondy, who scored a USL-record 22 goals in 28 regular-season matches last year and was named league MVP, is in the running for an ESPY along with U of L football’s Sheldon Rankins, UK basketball’s Tyler Ulis, U of L baseball’s Drew Harrington, New Alban basketball’s Romeo Langford and WKU football’s Brandon Doughty.