Goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre has signed with Louisville City FC after competing for Loudoun United FC during the 2020 Championship season. | Photo courtesy TJ Sallah / Hartford Athletic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC announced on Tuesday it had signed goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre for the 2021 Championship season, pending league and federation approval. Selected 21st overall and second at his position in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, Lefebvre is expected to compete with Chris Hubbard for the starting position at LouCity in the new campaign.
Following his SuperDraft selection, Lefebvre trained with D.C. United through the 2020 preseason and then signed with its USL Championship affiliate Loudoun United FC. There he posted a 72.9 save percentage in six appearances, including a 13-save outing against the Philadelphia Union II that saw him tie the Championship’s single-game record for saves.
“Simon is a player that comes highly regarded from all the coaches that he has worked with in recent years," said LouCity Head Coach and Sporting Director John Hackworth. "When we watched his games from last season with Loudoun and his college career, it was easy to tell that he has excellent tools to be a top-level goalkeeper.
"Simon knows the expectations of this club and has heard the standards to which we hold our players accountable. From all indications, he is ready to take on that challenge.”
Lefebvre, who stands 6-foot-9, fills a void left by Ben Lundt, another former MLS SuperDraft selection who spent two seasons on loan to LouCity. Lundt was voted the USL Championship’s Goalkeeper of the Year for 2020 and recalled to FC Cincinnati for 2021.
Travel restrictions returning from his native France as the USL Championship resumed play last summer limited Lefebvre’s opportunities in his debut professional year. He’s looking forward to a full campaign next with LouCity.
“When my agent told me about Louisville, I called Ben,” Lefebvre said. “He told me only good things – that it’s an easy choice to sign there. I’m excited to join the team.”
Lefebvre came up as an academy player for Girondins de Bordeaux, a member of Ligue 1, France’s top tier of soccer. From 2010-2016, he rose in rank to total 18 appearances for the reserve team.
Lefebvre finished his amateur career at Temple University, where he saved 122 shots and registered a 1.21 goals-against average in 35 collegiate appearances. He then became the Owls’ highest-ranked MLS SuperDraft pick. While at Temple, Lefebvre also competed in USL League Two for Reading United AC, where he helped the side reach the 2019 League Two Final with 10 saves and one shutout in four postseason contests.