Professional women’s soccer expanding to Louisville

NWSL announces Louisville expansion team

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - It's official! A professional women's soccer team is coming to Louisville, but you'll have to wait about 18 months before watching them play.

The president of the National Women's Soccer League joined officials from Louisville City FC at Lynn Family Stadium to formally announce that the Derby City will receives a NWSL expansion franchise.

Brad Estes, president of Soccer Holdings.
Brad Estes, president of Soccer Holdings. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)

The team, which currently does not have a name, will hit the pitch in 2021. Although they will share a field with LouCity FC, it will have its own logo, shield and colors.

"We can't wait to accept the challenge of building a team of world class athletes and running them onto that pitch in 2021," said Brad Estes, president of Soccer Holdings. "And I want to say one other thing ... we are not here to participate, we're not here to join the party because in this club and in this town we lift trophies."

Amanda Duffy, the NWSL president who was formerly president of Louisville City FC.
Amanda Duffy, the NWSL president who was formerly president of Louisville City FC. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)

“With the club’s growing, passionate fanbase, coupled with its strong ownership group, its significant investment in a soccer specific stadium in a central, downtown location, the organization has the key elements that will allow it to be successful,” said Amanda Duffy, the NWSL president who was formerly president of Louisville City FC.

LouCity FC has already won back to back USL Championships and is looking for number three. The USL playoffs begin this Saturday.

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