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LACETT | Coopers create soccer fun at Slugger Field

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Timothy Clark is a super fan that has a plan.

“That's the exciting thing,” said Clark.  “This is something new that we get to build on.”

Clark, 32, is the president of the Coopers, a soccer fan group that you can't help but notice or hear at Louisville City FC games.

But the group does more than cheer. They have a mission.

It started even before the team played in Louisville when they were able to help an investor bring Orlando's minor league team to Louisville.  Now that the team is here, they're in phase two of their plans.

“Our task is to provide an atmosphere, whether it's singing, chanting, or the purple smoke,” said Clark. “It changes game to game.”

Right now there are 300 paid members of the club. Each pays a yearly $25 fee. The money is used to pay for props they use at the games.  After all, purple smoke doesn't come cheap. 

They want to create a following. Not just for the team but for the sport of soccer in Louisville.  

“Everyone talks about soccer being boring (but) they don't come to a game,” said member Joe Vala.  “I mean they don't realize how fun it is.”

Vala is one of the many characters you'll find in the Coopers. By day, he's a computer programmer.  By night, he's pounding a cooper barrel like a drum (Hence why the club name) after Louisville City FC goals. 

“The whole idea is it's a whole bunch of everyone.” said Vala. “The idea is to show up, have a great time and enjoy it. 

Adding new fans one goal and one game at a time. 
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