Louisville, KY May 29, 2015 (Analyzed Sports) By: Charron Elliott
Louisville City’s Dacres Brings Excitement to Soccer
After decades of being a state whose center focus was the sport of basketball, the state of Kentucky has a professional soccer team in Louisville City Football Club. Louisville City Football Club is part of the United Soccer League, a league that consists of 24 teams, including twelve in each conference. Louisville City’s inaugural season started in March 2015, and has gained the interests of sports fans throughout the commonwealth. Louisville City shares Louisville Slugger Field with Louisville’s Minor League Baseball team, the River Bats. The city of Louisville is definitely a reasonable location for immigrants from around the world to live in and soccer just happens to be the most popular sport in the world. It was only a matter of time before a pro soccer team finally came to Louisville.
With that being said, Louisville City has had quite the first season. Lou City currently has a record of 4-1-4 and is sitting at the third spot in the Eastern Conference of the USL. After a win against Indy Eleven in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, Lou City now will play the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer on June 16. The game will be part of the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup and will be played in Chicago. Lou City has three more games including one this Saturday at home against Saint Louis FC for the Kings Cup. A player to keep an eye out on for Saturday’s match is midfielder Kadeem Dacres.
Kadeem Dacres is from Rosedale, New York and recently played for Arizona United. In the 2014 season Kadeem Dacres scored three goals and played in 24 games for Arizona United. Dacres played college soccer at UMBC and was the Most Valuable Athlete in his senior season. One thing that stands out about Dacres is his ability to get to the ball before opponents because of his excellent speed. Dacres has scored two goals on the season for Lou City and is one of the team’s most exciting players. So Analyzed Sports caught up with Dacres to ask him about his thoughts on the season and about the city of Louisville.
Analyzed Sports: How does it feel to be part of a new soccer franchise like Louisville?
Dacres: It feels great to be a part of this new franchise, we are doing some really good things at the moment!
Analyzed Sports: Have you had time to actually get out and enjoy the city of Louisville? If so, where have you been?
Dacres: I have been to a couple of nice places in Louisville so far. I like the Muhammad Ali Center and Fourth Street Live.
Analyzed Sports: Majority of Lou City’s wins have come at home so do you feel like the team is more comfortable playing at Slugger Field?
Dacres: We are comfortable playing anywhere, there have been some games on the road we’ve tied that should have been wins but that’s just the nature of the game sometimes. Having said that playing at home is awesome, the fan base really gives us a lift whenever we play there (Slugger Field).
Analyzed Sports: With a win against Indy Eleven the team is now in 3rd place of the USL Eastern Conference and is just a game behind Charleston Battery for 2nd place. What does Lou City need to do stay at the top of the conference and possibly get to 2nd or 1st place?
Dacres: We need to continue to work hard in training and improve.
Analyzed Sports: You will face an MLS team in the Chicago Fire on June 16, what does the team need to do to get a win in Chicago for the 4th round of the U.S. Open Cup?
Dacres: We just need to focus on our game plan.
Lou City will also have to focus on its next three games before the USOC in Chicago. Tomorrow Lou City will face Saint Louis FC for the third time this season. Lou City defeated Saint Louis FC in Slugger 2-0 to open the season in March, but the second game resulted in a tie at St. Louis. The two games to follow-up Saint Louis for Lou City include road games at FC Montreal and Rochester. It will be interesting to see how Dacres and Louisville City Football Club handle these next three games before the USOC.