Louisville City FC's Napo Matsoso has signed a new multi-year contract with the club after a breakout 2020 season that saw him record three goals and two assists in 11 games. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC announced on Monday it had signed midfielder Napo Matsoso to a new multi-year contract with the club, pending league and federation approval. Matsoso had previously had his contract options exercised for the 2021 season with LouCity, but the new deal ensures the club veteran with deep ties to Louisville will remain with the two-time USL Championship Final-winners beyond this campaign.
Matsoso had attended St. Francis School upon moving to Louisville from his native Lesotho, then starred at the University of Kentucky before his pro career took off with LouCity. A short but shifty player at 5-foot-6, Matsoso is coming off an impressive campaign that saw him switch mid-season from the central midfield to a winger’s role. His position change coincided with the start of LouCity’s 13-game unbeaten streak that led the Boys in Purple back to the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference Final.
“We are happy that Napo has agreed to this new deal that will keep him in purple for the foreseeable future,” said LouCity Head Coach and Sporting Director John Hackworth. “He is such a good professional and person. Napo’s character, mentality and energy epitomizes the type of player that thrives in our environment. We look forward to Napo’s continued growth for years to come.”
Matsoso, who started 11 games in 2020, ranked fourth on the team with three goals to go with his two assists. Each scoring contribution came once he moved to the wing.
The totals could have climbed further had Matsoso not suffered a high ankle sprain in a Sept. 16 win over rival Indy Eleven that kept him sidelined until the playoffs. Back healthy, Matsoso’s aiming to build upon his breakout season.
“It’s a privilege to continue with the best team in the league,” Matsoso said. “I’m thankful for the LouCity organization and coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to continue my career. I’m looking forward to another year with a great group of guys, and the 2021 season can’t come soon enough.”