Louisville NWSL

Discussion in 'NWSL Expansion' started by SiberianThunderT, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    With stuff apparently *very* close to becoming official, I figured this deserved its own thread.

    When Amanda Duffy joined NWSL, her past association with the USL side was noted, but in lines with the times (at the end of Orlando's first season and thus still somewhat in the expansion afterglow of the 2015 WWC) was mostly mentioned in passing, not really considered ahead of rumored expansion interest from "multiple MLS sides".

    Quietly, though, and notably after a rough patch that saw three franchises cease and/or move, the thought of Louisvile officially entering the NWSL expansion picture showed some legs back in March earlier this year, and apparently has grown, out of the spotlight, over the course of the 2019 WWC wave. Now, having previously entered the room through the back door, Louisville seems to be on track - not for 2022 or even 2021, but - to be the tenth team in NWSL's 2020 season, first strongly hinted at by The Equalizer and now more explicitly stated by The Athletic.

    So, what do people think of this? Both NWSL regulars (I know @cpthomas thinks NCAA attendance is highly predictive of NWSL success) and more local individuals (paging @LouCityFan and any fellow LouCity supporters). If it does happen, I'd certainly be interested in seeing what kind of identity the team tries to build... I don't know the college game well or player hometowns in general so I don't know who could easily be "linked" back to Louisville like how so many NWSL players could get lured back to California for LAFC or how Rose Lavelle would be the marquee catch for FC Cincy.
     
  2. WoSoFan

    WoSoFan Member

    Dec 23, 2017
  3. LouCityFan

    LouCityFan New Member

    Louisville City FC
    United States
    May 25, 2019
    Louisville, KY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Given that NWSL salaries aren't that great, Louisville could be attractive for having a relatively low cost of living.

    As far as local talent, there are a ton of college programs within a two hour radius of Louisville - Kentucky, Indiana, WKU, EKU, NKU, Cincinnati, Xavier, Dayton, Wright State, Miami (OH), Evansville, Louisville, and now Bellarmine just from NCAA Division I.
     
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  4. MRAD12

    MRAD12 Member+

    Jun 10, 2004
    Chicago
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    I actually like it. They get a solid attendance for their men's side, Louisville is fairly close to Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, Knoxville, Lexington and a one day driveable trip from Chicago and back.

    There could be a good mid-west rivalry created between Chicago and Louisville.
     
  5. WoSoFan

    WoSoFan Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    Assuming Louisville City FC will be the 10th team, I was curious what their uniform colors were. Would you believe they incorporate purple and gold. Do they try to design something for the women using those colors like Pride and the Dash did, or do something like Thorns did, something completely different. Of course, they will have to come up with a team name, too.

    A bit of history. I learned that the Supporter Group, called the Coopers, existed before the team. On the name the Coopers take their name from Louisville's bourbon distilling tradition, where coopers make barrels that are used to age bourbon and give it a distinct flavor.

    The Coopers inseparable from the story of Louisville City FC. The Coopers were founded in 2013 in an effort to attract professional soccer to Louisville, and four years later Louisville City was hoisting the USL Cup. Today they are 350 strong.
     
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  6. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    If they don't go with the "Louisville Fleurs", I think they're crazy. X-D

    I hope they keep the colors. At least with the Thorns, red was already a secondary color for the Timers - so whether the Louisville team goes with purple or gold, there's already an NWSL team wearing in (Pride for purple, Royals for gold)
     
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  7. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    While I doubt they have been *that* close to announcing, the St. Louisan in me will laugh if they announce tomorrow.
     

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