Former MLS MVP and ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman will be the keynote speaker at the first annual Men's Soccer Kickoff Banquet. The annual dinner will be held in the Grand Ballroom C at the Galt House on Friday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $35 for an adult and $15 for children, or $300 for a table of 10. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. Tickets may be purchased online. Please call David Horne at (502) 852-7619 with any questions.
About Taylor Twellman: Twellman was drafted second overall by the New England Revolution in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft. In his first MLS season, he established himself as one of the best players in the league. In the 2003 season, despite being beset by a number of injuries, he finished tied for first in the league in goals scored with 15, again with Ruiz. His production went down in 2004, as he ended up with just nine goals. But in 2005, Twellman was back to his old form, winning both the Major League Soccer MVP Award and MLS Golden Boot, finishing the regular season with 17 goals. He was also named to the MLS Best XI for the second time in his career.
In 2007, Twellman won his first title with the Revolution in the US Open Cup, a season in which he finished third in MLS in goals scored. The Revolution also won the Eastern Conference title, while he scored a spectacular bicycle kick against the Chicago Fire to secure the Revs' spot in the 2007 MLS Cup. Twellman scored the opening goal of the 2007 MLS Cup against Houston Dynamo. However, it would be New England's only goal and they went on to lose their third straight MLS Cup by a score of 2–1.
Twellman announced his retirement from the game at the end of the 2010 MLS season and now works as a commentator for ESPN.
About Men's Louisville Soccer: The Cardinals finished in the Elite Eight for the second straight season in 2012, falling at Maryland 3-1. The Cardinal finished the conference season as the BIG EAST Red Division Champions after finishing with a 7-1-0 record in league play. Louisville finished the season ranked seventh in the nation.
Andrew Farrell became the third Cardinal to earn BIG EAST Defender of the Year honors. Five Cardinals earned All-BIG EAST honors (Farrell, Paolo DelPiccolo, Will Vitalis, Greg Cochrane and Dylan Mares). Farrell went on to earn first team NSCAA All-American honors. Louisville had three players drafted in the 2013 MLS Super Draft and Farrell became the first top pick for the Cardinals.
Head coach Ken Lolla has reloaded the Cardinals once again with depth and talent for the 2013 season. He added an experienced class of transfers and the best recruiting class in school history to fill the void left by graduation. Once against the Cardinals are expected to have another exciting and successful season.
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