LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville City FC fans say this week has put them on an emotional roller coaster.

The team announced Friday that head coach James O'Connor is leaving the team less than 24 hours after ground was broken on the new soccer stadium.

“It’s definitely a gut punch. Yesterday, the high was so high,” Tom Farmer, president of Louisville City fan group, The Coopers, said in reference to the groundbreaking of the team's new stadium Thursday. 

But fans soon came crashing down from that high.

O'Connor and assistant coach Daniel Byrd are leaving to coach with Major League Soccer's Orlando City SC. Farmer said, deep down, all fans knew this day would eventually come, but they just didn’t expect it so soon.

“MLS and other leagues would be crazy to turn down his level of talent, but it's still such a big loss for us,” Farmer said.

Three players on the team, George Davis IV, Paolo DelPiccolo and Luke Spencer, have been named interim head coaches. Louisville City FC said the coaching change will in no way affect stadium construction.

“We are commiserating today and feeling sorry for one another, but we always say the club is the most important thing to us, and the club transcends any one individual,” Farmer said.

Now, fans say the only thing to do is look to the future and attracting some great coaching candidates.

“We have to keep our foot on the gas going into 2020," Farmer said. "We've got an Open Cup run. We're going up to Chicago next month to play the Chicago Fire. It's crucial we find someone who's ready to dive right in and go for it.".

Saturday's game at Slugger Field will be the last with the two coaches. Fans say they'll be there in full force to give the coaches a proper farewell.

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