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Louisville City FC looks forward to bigger goals in 2015

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Owner Wayne Estopinal (center) poses with Mayor Greg Fischer, Coach James O'Connor (left), OCSC Owner Phil Rawlins (center right) and USL President Tim Holt (right) after Louisville City FC's official announcement. Owner Wayne Estopinal (center) poses with Mayor Greg Fischer, Coach James O'Connor (left), OCSC Owner Phil Rawlins (center right) and USL President Tim Holt (right) after Louisville City FC's official announcement.
Louisville City FC's logo was designed by Michael Manning of New Albany, Indiana. Louisville City FC's logo was designed by Michael Manning of New Albany, Indiana.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As 2014 comes to a close, Louisville City Football Club is looking forward to their first season.

The team was just a dream at this time last year, waiting for an investor group and a committed fan base to land the MLS-bound Orlando City franchise.

The minor league soccer team is set to kick off at Louisville Slugger Field in March, with pre-season slated to begin February 16.

Construction has begun on locker rooms in the main concourse of Louisville Slugger Field, where the team will play home games this year. The team's new home will house offices for the coaches, locker rooms and a training room.

The team has announced three official signings so far, but say they have a lot to do before pre-season begins in February.

"It's been a lot of fun the last couple months to see what's been put in place but also to see what needs to be done, and it's really exciting to know that those things are gonna start to happen really quickly for us,” said general manager Amanda Duffy.

Duffy was hired on as the vice president, but assumed her new role when former-president Djorn Buchholz stepped down in December.

She came to the team from the United Soccer Leagues' main office where she had been the commissioner of the Women's League.

Duffy says more player signings are on the horizon along with apparel announcements and the highly anticipated schedule.

She says 2014 has been a great year as the club has started to take shape, but their best days are still ahead.

“We have a lot of high expectations here,” she said. “To have a competitive team on the field but make sure we are really engaging our fans when we're getting them out here at the games, and make sure it's an interactive and fun experience for everyone that's here.”

Head Coach James O'Connor has been hard at work building his team, which includes his staff. Earlier this month Louisville City formally announced the addition of two members of the coaching staff.

Daniel Byrd comes to Louisville from the Orlando City youth academy and Thabane Sutu brings 13 years of experience with Louisville's youth club United 1996.

O'Connor says he is looking to play high intensity, high energy soccer and has begun building a foundation for that. Juan Guzman, Kadeem Dacres and Guy Abend were announced as the club's first three players, pending U.S. Soccer Federation approval.

Duffy says more player announcements may have to wait for that USSF approval due to a new rule, but the team is looking to sign 18 players so there's sure to be a frenzy of activity in the coming month.

The Louisville Coopers, the city's pro soccer fan group, has been an integral part of development of Louisville City and president-elect Timothy Clark is eager to usher in the season.

Duffy says fans have provided great support and their patience will soon pay off. She says the club is looking forward to 2015, but also to the years beyond.

“[We want to] Make sure that we are the best representation of this city as we lay the groundwork for what we plan on moving to—an MLS franchise in the years to come,” Duffy said.

Louisville City Football Club in 2014

January

Louisville could soon host pro soccer team

Louisville soccer fans rally around possible pro team

April

Potential ownership unveils plans for pro soccer in Louisville

June

Minor league soccer team coming to Louisville in 2015

October

Louisville City FC announces season ticket prices, benefits for 'Founding Members'

November

First day of tryouts gets the ball rolling for Louisville City FC

December

Louisville City FC signs its first 3 players

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