LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – With only weeks left before the pre-season begins, Louisville City FC announced the signing of DC United defender Conor Shanosky on Wednesday.

The DC-area native played in DC United's youth academy and -- before he could play his first season at George Mason University -- inked a deal with DC United to join the MLS side at just 18-years-old.

By that time, Shanosky had already been called into action for the United States' U-20 national team, starting a handful of games in international competition.

After five appearances for DC United in the 2010 season, Shanosky was loaned to USL-Pro side Harrisburg City Islanders in 2011.

Shanosky has experience in all the major domestic leagues, playing one season on loan with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League.

“Conor is a massive signing for us,” Louisville City FC head coach James O'Connor stated. “To have had MLS, U.S. National Team and CONCACAF Champions League experience, Conor is someone that we are extremely excited to join us, and his character and leadership will definitely make a difference this season.”

He spent his last loan spell with the Richmond Kickers for the 2013-2014 seasons.

The Kickers won the regular season in 2013 and in 2014 tied for third with LA Galaxy II, suffering only three losses -- the fewest in the league.

“Obviously I've seen a bit about the Coopers and uh I'm certainly excited to give them success and hopefully we have a good year together,” Shanosky said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Shanosky will likely join defenders Adam West and Sean Reynolds on the back line for City – that pair was announced last week.

Rounding out the ever-growing roster at the moment are forward Kadeem Dacres and midfielders Juan Guzman and Guy Abend.

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