Racing Louisville FC

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Racing Louisville FC
Racing Louisville FC logo.svg
Full nameRacing Louisville Football Club
FoundedOctober 22, 2019;3 years ago (2019-10-22)
Stadium Lynn Family Stadium
Louisville, Kentucky
Capacity15,304
OwnerSoccer Holdings, LLC
ChairmanJohn Neace
Head coach Kim Björkegren
League National Women's Soccer League
2022 9th of 12
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Racing Louisville Football Club is a National Women's Soccer League team based in Louisville, Kentucky. It began playing in 2021 at Lynn Family Stadium. The team is owned by Soccer Holdings LLC, which also owns Louisville City FC of the USL Championship. [1] The expansion team was announced on October 22, 2019. [2]

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History

Louisville was mentioned as a potential candidate for an expansion team in National Women's Soccer League as early as 2018, shortly after construction began on their soccer-specific venue, Lynn Family Stadium. [3] The ownership group of USL Championship club Louisville City FC began preliminary discussions with the league the following year, with plans to enter in the 2020 season. [4] [5] Louisville's NWSL expansion team was officially announced on October 22, 2019, sharing its ownership group with Louisville City FC. It would begin play in 2021 at Lynn Family Stadium. [6]

In November 2019, NWSL filed a trademark application for "Proof Louisville FC", which was confirmed by Louisville City FC as their preliminary name for the team. The name references the local bourbon whiskey industry by using the term "proof", a measure of alcohol content. [7] The ownership group later announced in April 2020 that they would explore other names with community input after a mixed reception from fans. [1] [8] The club's new name, Racing Louisville FC, was officially unveiled on July 8, 2020. [9] PNC Bank was announced as the club's first kit sponsor on July 1, 2020, with the company's logo appearing on the back of the team's jerseys. [10] On December 17, 2020, Louisville City announced that GE Appliances, which had already been that club's primary shirt sponsor (i.e., on the front of the kit), would expand this sponsorship to include all clubs under the Louisville City umbrella, including Racing. [11]

Former Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly was named as Racing Louisville FC's first head coach on August 12, 2020. [12] The club made their NWSL debut in the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup, where they finished at the bottom of the East Division with two losses and two draws. [13] Racing Louisville FC made their home debut on May 15, 2021, playing to a scoreless draw against Kansas City NWSL. [14]

Holly was fired for cause on August 31, 2021, and the club named Mario Sanchez, head of the club's youth academy and former collegiate coach, as the interim head coach. [15] After the season, veteran Swedish manager Kim Björkegren was named as the permanent replacement. [16] In 2022, a report from US Soccer revealed that Holly had allegedly sexually abused players as coach of Racing. [17]

Club identity

Racing Louisville FC is named in reference to the city's horse racing venues, including the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, using the "Racing" moniker used by foreign clubs. [1] The club's circular crest uses a lavender background and a four-pointed fleur-de-lis at its center in violet. It was designed by Matthew Wolff, who had previously worked with Major League Soccer teams New York City FC and Los Angeles FC. [18]

Stadium and facilities

The club shares Lynn Family Stadium and its training facilities with Louisville City FC. The soccer-specific stadium, opened in 2020, has a seated capacity of 11,600, with standing-room capacity up to 15,304. [19] The 20-acre (8.1 ha) training facilities at Louisville Champions Park includes several practice fields and an indoor gymnasium and office complex. [20]

Players and staff

Current squad

As of November 15, 2022. [21]
No.Pos.PlayerNation
1 GK Katie Lund Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2 FW Lauren Milliet Flag of the United States.svg  United States
6 MF Jaelin Howell Flag of the United States.svg  United States
7 MF Savannah DeMelo Flag of the United States.svg  United States
8 MF Ary Borges Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
10 FW Nadia Nadim Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
11 DF Emily Fox Flag of the United States.svg  United States
12 DF Taylor Malham Flag of the United States.svg  United States
15 DF Julia Lester Flag of the United States.svg  United States
16 FW Thembi Kgatlana Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
21 FW Parker Goins Flag of the United States.svg  United States
22 FW Kirsten Davis Flag of the United States.svg  United States
25 DF Rebecca Holloway Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
30 DF Zaneta Wyne Flag of the United States.svg  United States
31 GK Kelsey Daugherty Flag of the United States.svg  United States
44 DF Satara Murray Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
77 MF Wang Shuang Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
MF Elli Pikkujämsä Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
FW Paige Monaghan Flag of the United States.svg  United States

Out on loan

As of November 15, 2022. [22]
No.Pos.PlayerNation
13 FW Emina Ekic (at Melbourne City until February 2023)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
14 FW Jessica McDonald (at Western United until January 2023)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
18 GK Hillary Beall (at Western United until April 2023)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
24 GK Jordyn Bloomer (at Western Sydney Wanderers until April 2023)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
27 MF Alex Chidiac (at Melbourne Victory until February 2023)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia

Staff

As of November 23, 2022 [23]
Technical
Head coachFlag of Sweden.svg Kim Björkegren
Assistant coachUlster Banner.svg Gary Curneen
Assistant coachFlag of the United States.svg Beverly Goebel Yanez
Goalkeepers coachFlag of the United States.svg Sergio Gonzalez
Assistant coachFlag of the United States.svg Kiley Polk
Support
Head athletic trainerMegan Fernandez
Head equipment managerAlyssa Delsanter

Head coaches

Record

Year-by-year

SeasonLeagueRegular seasonPlayoffs Challenge Cup Avg. Attendance
PWDLGFGAPtsPos
2022 NWSL 225892335239thDid not qualify6,048

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