LouCity FC start their first day of training
Louisville City FC coach John Hackworth wanted his team to start training on the right foot, despite the cold and snow on Monday morning.
Dominique Yates, Louisville Courier Journal
Louisville City FC have three more weeks to go until the start of the season, but the team continue to find ways to strengthen their roster, as evidenced by their last edition of Major League Soccer.
LouCity and the Portland Timbers have reached a loan deal that adds midfielder Jorge Gonzalez to Louisville’s roster for the entire season, the team announced on Friday. Gonzalez, 22, is already part of the squad and will be eligible for Saturday’s exhibition game against Chattanooga FC.
“It’s a win-win situation for us and Portland,” said John Hackworth, head coach and athletic director of LouCity. Hackworth says he sees Gonzalez as adding depth to LouCity’s offensive abilities.
“He fits the profile in terms of technical and tactical abilities, but he’s also a very good person who will increase the competitiveness for playing time on the court,” Hackworth said.
Gonzalez, a transplant from Valencia, Spain who moved to the United States in 2016, played for the Portland Timbers 2 of the USL Championship last season, where he totaled eight goals in 10 appearances.
“I’m really excited to be here after a long time without being on the pitch,” said Gonzalez. “I can’t wait to play my first game at Lynn Family Stadium. Louisville City FC have always been a great looking team. It’s great to join them for the season.”
Gonzalez is the sixth new member to join a veteran squad that includes 18 main players who returned from the Eastern Conference Finals last season. LouCity will start its season by hosting Atlanta United 2 at home on April 24. The team’s full regular season schedule is available on their website.