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NEW PLAYER ALERT: Chris Hubbard!

LouCity just announced its latest signing, goalkeeper Chris Hubbard! TO THE PRESS RELEASE, BATMAN!

LOUISVILLE (January 11, 2018) – Louisville City FC has finalized its ranks in the goalkeeper position with the addition of former University of Notre Dame standout, goalkeeper Chris Hubbard, pending federation registration. Per club policy, terms of the contract will not be released.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Hubbard’s impressive career catapulted at Trinity High School, where he earned All-America honors as a senior and was named the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year. With roots running deep, Hubbard has trained under the direction of LouCity FC goalkeeper coach Thabane Sutu since first crossing paths nearly a decade ago.

“To sign for my hometown club is awesome, especially because I’ve trained with everyone there the past few summers,” said the goalkeeper.

“I never would have thought that – when Thabane [Sutu] was training me as a 12-year-old – that I’d be at this point and now it’s a dream come true. He’s like a second father to me. To be able to work with him again at this level is incredible. I get to essentially train with one of my best friends.”

In his final season for the Irish in South Bend, IN, Hubbard guided Notre Dame to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, racking up 52 saves in that span (0.97 GAA). Owning the net for his final three seasons for the Irish, Hubbard tallied up over 60 appearances – starting every competitive match – and 174 saves in total, keeping a clean sheet one-third of the time he was in net.

“I just want to try to raise the level. This will be different for me in a way. I’m just looking to up the intensity and, again, push the limit in training and I hope to earn my time on the field,” said Hubbard.

Thinks I like about this signing:

  • Another Louisville native on the roster!
  • Easier to spell than Dobrowolski
  • Easier to say than Dobrowolski
  • Love or hate Notre Dame, they’ve got a very good soccer program, so this is good scouting by O’Connor and Thabane for sure.

As we’ve learned from past experience, just because you’re third on the keeper depth chart doesn’t mean you won’t get to play at Louisville City. We’ve had an embarrassment of riches in the net here in Louisville since the club’s inception. I’m excited for Chris, and hope he does get a chance for some playing time this season.

Training camp in Bradenton is just a few weeks away, and I think we can expect to hear about two or three more signings before then. Third keeper is now checked off my list, so now all we have to do is either sign another centerback or two, or lose our collective minds about Luke Spencer’s sudden position switch to the back line.