Two-time USL Championship All-League First Team selection Sean Totsch is among four players to have their options exercised by Louisville City FC for the 2022 season. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC announced on Thursday its initial roster moves for the 2022 USL Championship season with 11 players currently under contract, keeping a core group in purple with offseason processes well underway.
Fresh off a seventh consecutive run to the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference Final, LouCity exercised options to retain defenders Oscar Jimenez and Sean Totsch along with midfielder Niall McCabe and forward Brian Ownby. Totsch returns to the side after earning his second consecutive USL Championship All-League First Team selection.
The quartet joins the following players with existing deals that continue into next season: defender Josh Wynder; midfielders Corben Bone, Jay Tee Kamara, Napo Matsoso, Carlos Moguel Jr. and Elijah Wynder; and forward Cameron Lancaster.
Departing the club are goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre; defenders Pat McMahon, Alexis Souahy and Akil Watts; and forwards Kyle Greig, Antoine Hoppenot and Abdou Thiam. As was previously announced, goalkeeper Chris Hubbard has retired, and defender Jonathan Gomez will move to first division Spanish club Real Sociedad when the transfer window opens in January.
“I am thankful for everything that these players gave to Louisville City this year,” said LouCity Head Coach Danny Cruz. “While we fell short of our ultimate goal, their commitment to our process, this club and the community is something that I will always be grateful for.
“As the offseason is underway, we are diligently working to make sure that we are bringing in the right players that will push us toward another USL Championship trophy. We have a clear view of how we want to build this team for the future and are looking forward to bringing in players that will fit both on and off the field.”
The club continues to negotiate toward contracts for other returning players, as well as new signings, with updates to be provided in due time.
“We wish all the players who are leaving us the very best for their future endeavors,” said LouCity Executive Vice President of Development, James O’Connor. “They will always be a part of the LouCity family, and I want to thank them all individually for their contributions not just on the field but also off it.
“As we move through the offseason, our supporters will start to see the ideas for next year. Danny and his staff have a clear identity in what they want to bring in, and we look forward to supporting them.”