Louisville City FC has signed 2022 USL Championship Young Player of the Year finalist Joshua Wynder to a new contract ahead of the 2023 season. | Photo courtesy Connor Cunningham / Louisville City FC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC announced on Friday the club had signed 2022 USL Championship Young Player of the Year finalist Josh Wynder to a new contract that includes updated terms and extends through the 2025 season.
Wynder, a rising star center back from Louisville, is coming up on a key campaign in purple. He turns 18 on May 2, a birthday that will make him eligible for a highly anticipated European move as early as this summer’s transfer window.
“This deal has been well-earned by Josh, who continues to impress us every day with his development over the last few years,” said LouCity Head Coach Danny Cruz. “Josh has a bright future ahead, and he's handling that attention professionally. We know his focus is first on helping us chase our goals this year.”
Wynder started 21 of his 24 USL Championship appearances last year, only missing some time due to injury during a breakout season. Internationally, he earned multiple call-ups to the United States’ U-19 national team, captained the squad in a victory over England and was named one of five finalists for U.S. Soccer’s 2022 Young Male Player of the Year award.
Wynder joined LouCity’s preseason training this week after his first call-up to the United States U-20 national team, which recently completed a training camp in preparation for this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup. The boys in purple are working toward a March 11 kickoff to their 34-game USL Championship season.
The widely known website Transfermarkt boosted Wynder’s value to a USL Championship-leading $1 million over the offseason, touting him as a “super talent.” It positions him to be the league’s first seven-figure outbound transfer.
“For me to make whatever my next step is, I think it will shine a light on Louisville and make people see the USL Championship is a great league and this is a great club,” Wynder said. “I had a special year last year. It was definitely memorable. I'm happy to be playing on this new contract and have a job to do this season to help the club get its third star.”
Wynder, who plays for LouCity alongside his 19-year-old brother, Elijah, is one of five first team members to date that signed professional deals out of the club’s nascent youth academy. Others are defender Owen Damm, midfielder Carlos Moguel Jr. and defender Sebastian Sanchez.