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May, 2019

OESA-KY named Affiliate of Louisville City FC!

This Spring, OESA-KY signed a deal with USL Champion Louisville City FC to be an affiliate club.  We are the first and only affiliate of Louisville City FC in the area.  This was both a recognition of our player development model and an opportunity for us to provide a true "Path to Pro" by partnering with Louisville City.

This Spring multiple OESA-KY players have had the opportunity to train with the LCFC first team.  This resulted in the signing of 2003 Elijah Wynder to an Academy Contract, the first such contract signed in the country for the USL.  Elijah has been rostered with the USL defending champions and we eagerly await for him to step on the pitch and contribute in a game.  

The affiliate designation offers us a unique chance to send players that are ready to Louisville City for advanced training opportunities.  In addition to that, USL recently announced the formation of the USL Academy Cup, a series of competitions for the best players in the area to participate in and train for with Louisville City staff.  We anticipate several of our 2003 and 2007 players to get the call and participate in this USL National Event!  The series will culminate with an event next May where all qualifying USL Academy teams will meet to showcase their skills!  Per the USL announcement these events in 2019/2020 will precede the 2020/2021 introduction of an Academy league.

All in all it is a very exciting time for the USL and local players that can make their youth roster.  We plan to continue our player development activities so many more OESA-KY players will get the chance to compete at a higher level.  Our relationship with Louisville City will allow us access to their coaching staff and technical directors so we can continue to improve our model and put more players on the pitch for our local USL side!

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