18-year-old academy product Sebastian Sanchez has signed pro terms with Louisville City FC, which includes a college scholarship to continue his education while pursuing his professional path. | Photo courtesy Connor Cunningham / Louisville City FC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC announced on Thursday the club had signed 18-year-old defender Sebastian Sanchez to his first professional contract, which will include a college scholarship, continuing to illustrate opportunities provided by the club’s youth academy and the league’s partnership with Bellevue University, the United Soccer League’s Official Education Partner.
Following his signing, Sanchez has joined USL League One club South Georgia Tormenta FC on a season-long loan that includes LouCity’s right to recall at any point.
A Ballard High School senior, Sanchez had previously been part of LouCity’s First Team roster as a USL Academy signing and frequently featured with the First Team this preseason, including a 90-minute outing in a win against fellow Championship club El Paso Locomotive FC.
“This is another proud moment for our club and the community,” said LouCity coach Danny Cruz. “Sebastian did an excellent job throughout preseason, while his growth over the last couple has have been a joy to watch.
“The opportunity that he has earned at Tormenta will play another important role in his development. We believe that being there will present new challenges and experiences that will ultimately only make him a better professional.”
Sanchez, the son of LouCity Academy Director Mario Sanchez, was a 2021 All-State Selection at Ballard. He appeared regularly last summer, too, for LouCity’s first USL Academy League squad that went 6-3-1 and boasted a +20-goal differential. Sanchez capped a big year by earning an invitation to the Elite Clubs National League Regional All-Star Game.
Sanchez’s signing makes him the fifth LouCity Academy player to complete the club’s path to pro. He follows brothers Elijah and Josh Wynder (from Oldham County), Carlos Moguel Jr. (from Shelby County) and Owen Damm (from Woodford County).
“I’m really thankful to be provided this opportunity at LouCity,” Sanchez said. “They’ve really developed us and given us the opportunity to enter the professional world and really prepared us we could be ready when it came time. I hope I can grow as a player on this team because the mentality is always to win here, and I hope to add to that.”