Monday night, Louisville City FC and Swope Park Rangers will have the spotlight all to themselves as they compete in the only pro soccer game on American television.
Fans are expected to pack Louisville Slugger Field and show off one of the lesser-known fan bases in American soccer.
You may not know much about the region, but Louisville is on the rise.
“The attendance [in Louisville] has been phenomenal,” shared United Soccer League President Jake Edwards. “They broke 100,000 this year in attendance. They’re one of the top three attended teams in the league. They’re one of the top attended soccer markets now outside of the MLS. That’s huge in a short space of time.”
While Louisville isn’t among the cities vying for an MLS expansion team, we can already see the puzzle pieces of a strong fan culture coming together.
The Louisville Metro Council just recently approved plans for a soccer-specific stadium in the region, ensuring the team and its fans have room to grow. On top of that, just down the road is Cincinnati, which is a frontrunner to become an MLS expansion team.
The ingredients are coming together:
- New stadium on the horizon, check.
- Natural rivalry, check.
- Growing fanbase, check.
- Strong on-the-field product, check.
Louisville, we see you. Keep it up!