Paolo DelPiccolo has made 176 regular season appearances for Louisville City FC, the fourth-most by a player for a single club in the USL Championship's history. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photograph / Louisville City FC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC announced on Wednesday it had signed midfielder and team captain Paolo DelPiccolo to a new contract for the 2023 USL Championship season. Terms of the deal, which is pending league and federation approval, were not disclosed.
“I can’t overstate the importance of re-signing Paolo to a new contract,” said LouCity Head Coach Danny Cruz. “He is a big reason that going into last season we were able to integrate so many new faces into our locker room. He understands what it means to be a part of this culture here at Louisville City, and more importantly he is a tremendous leader.”
DelPiccolo’s re-signing continues a highly successful tenure for a team leader with roots in the city. Part of the University of Louisville’s 2010 NCAA College Cup squad, he returned as a professional in 2016, going on to help LouCity win two USL Championship titles (2017-2018) and four Eastern Conference crowns (2017-2019, 2022).
DelPiccolo made a team-high 37 appearances across the most-recent regular season and playoffs, numbering four goals.
“I’m thrilled to return to LouCity for another season,” said DelPiccolo. “This club and the people I work with mean so much to me. I am determined to help LouCity continue its success, and I can’t wait to be back on the pitch in 2023.”
From Wheat Ridge, Colo., DelPiccolo began his pro career in Germany, made stops at two Major League Soccer clubs and played previously in the USL Championship for Phoenix Rising FC (2014) and the Charlotte Independence (2015). He’s been with LouCity ever since, with DelPiccolo's 176 regular season appearances in purple the fourth-most for a single team in league history.