LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC announced on Tuesday the club had signed Brian Ownby to a new contract ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. The terms of the contract, which is pending league and federation approval, were not disclosed.
Ownby is set to return for his seventh season with LouCity after arguably his best season for the club in 2020. The 32-year-old recorded a career-high 10 goals to go with four assists despite being limited down the final stretch of the season due to injury. On as a substitute in the USL Championship Final, Ownby scored Louisville’s only goal against San Antonio FC with an acrobatic, 78th-minute flick.
The speedster also led LouCity during its Eastern Conference title-winning season by creating 46 chances in his 31 appearances.
“I am excited to be back in purple next year,” said Ownby. “I feel there is unfinished business for myself and the club after falling short in the championship. Danny, the staff and my teammates have put me in a position to succeed, and I look forward to continuing that in 2023.”
Ownby originally signed with LouCity in 2017, when it won the first of its consecutive USL Championship titles. The University of Virginia product also played previously for his hometown Richmond Kickers as well as Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo.
Ownby is LouCity’s 17th returning player announced to date. LouCity Head Coach Danny Cruz and his staff continue to negotiate toward new contracts for other returners with updates to be provided in due time.