Louisville City FC head coach leaving for Orlando City SC of MLS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville City FC is losing its head coach.
According to a news release from the team, head coach James O'Connor and assistant coach Daniel Byrd, "have agreed to a deal in principle" to accept coaching positions with Major League Soccer's Orlando City SC.
Louisville City FC says the announcement will in no way impact the construction of the soccer stadium expected to open in 2020.
"While we are obviously disappointed to see Coach O'Connoer go, we are confident in the short and long-term success of Louisville City FC in our city," said Louisville City FC chairman John Neace, in a statement. "No one in the USL is doing what we're doing -- building a state-of-the-art dedicated soccer stadium, turning out hundreds of fans on the hottest day of the year for a groundbreaking, and winning against MLS opponents in the US Open Cup. We are looking forward to continuing the growth of this club."
"This has been a difficult decision for myself and my family and in such a short space of time," O'Connor said in a statement. "While I will be forever grateful for my time here with Louisville City FC, the opportunity to coach in Major League Soccer is simply one I cannot pass up. To be able to build a club from the ground up and to experience the successes we've had in just over three years is something I am very proud of. I would like to thank John Neace, the players, the supporters, the entire Louisville City ownership group, my agent Gary Mellor, and the incredible support I have received here."
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