The Twitter account for FC Cincy podcast “Cincinnati Soccer Talk,” which isn’t terrible if you can get past a) the Cincinnati-ness, and b) the British accent lady talking over bad music in the intro, says according to sources, forward Luke Spencer is coming to Louisville City in 2017. That was a very long, meandering sentence, and I’m sorry. I can’t hide my affinity for William Faulkner as well as I used to.
Anyway, despite my trepidation over the source of said rumor, this might have legs. Louisville City’s in the market for a striker. Spencer’s out of contract, as Cincy recently signed forwards Andy Craven and Daryl Fordyce, and Omar Cummings is still on their roster. He’s a guy that, as far as positions are concerned, fills a hole for City.
The problem is that, historically for Louisville City, you need a striker that can consistently bang in goals. Exhibit a) Matt Fondy; Exhibit b) 1st half of 2016 Chandler Hoffman. Spencer hasn’t yet checked that box in his professional career, having failed to score in a combined total of 64 minutes over eleven appearances for the Knifey Soccer Lion Kings last season.
What Spencer is, however, is a big body (6’2″, 198lbs) that can do some work between centerbacks, hold the ball up, and is a threat in the air. We haven’t had a traditional #9 on the squad before, so he has the potential to fill that role. And he’s not without some talent, having been drafted by the New England Revolution in the first round of the 2013 SUPERDRAFT!TM!.
Then again, this could all be just smoke and I wasted a half hour of my time and about three minutes of yours. Offseason soccer, everybody!