McCabe to Continue Unprecedented Run with LouCity
Niall McCabe, a member of Louisville City FC's roster since its inaugural season, will continue a decorated professional career in purple having agreed to a new contract, the club announced Tuesday.
Pending league and federation approval, the deal returns a versatile midfielder who leads LouCity all time with 143 USL Championship appearances, during which he has tallied 18 goals and 23 assists.
"Niall is so important to our club, and being able to re-sign him to another contract is fantastic," said John Hackworth, LouCity's head coach and sporting director. "While his contributions on the field since day one are amazing, it is Niall's strength of character that sets him apart."
McCabe's impact at LouCity counts as both immediate and withstanding. He played in all 28 games of the club's inaugural season, tallying four goals and two assists. The boys in purple advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, a feat they've replicated every year since while winning USL titles in 2017 and 2018.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, McCabe became the first LouCity player to reach 100 appearances for the club in 2019. Off the pitch, the 30-year-old has made Louisville an adopted home, marrying his wife, Ashleigh, that same year. The two are raising a pair of children, son Luca and daughter Charlotte.
"I'm obviously really happy to be back again next year," McCabe said. "It's a privilege to be able to play here at this club and something that should never be taken for granted. This team has so much to offer. I think with this squad and the players we have we will accomplish great things in the future."
McCabe appeared in five games during 2020's abbreviated season before shutting down to rehab a surgically repaired foot. At the time, he was a crucial part of LouCity's attack, completing 70% of his passes in the opponent's half of the pitch.
Able to return quickly from a 2016 operation to repair hip cartilage, the resilient McCabe likewise found himself back available quickly last season as a substitute during LouCity's recent playoff run.
"It was a crazy year for everyone but especially for me," McCabe said. "it left me hugely motivated with a chip on my shoulder coming into next season."
"I'm looking forward to seeing a healthy Niall in 2021 as we push toward another USL Championship," added Danny Cruz, LouCity's assistant coach and technical director. "His character and winning mentality are so important to what we do on a daily basis."
Before joining the boys in purple, McCabe attended NCAA Division II's Young Harris College and competed with National Premier Soccer League side Chattanooga FC, which he led to an NPSL final appearance in 2014.
McCabe has remained with LouCity throughout the balance of his professional career - the only player to feature on the roster in every season. His signing marks the latest big name in a lengthening list of returners for 2021. More player announcements are expected in the coming weeks as negotiations continue.
CURRENT LOUISVILLE CITY FC 2021 ROSTER
Goalkeeper - Chris Hubbard
Defender - Wes Charpie, Jonathan Gomez, Oscar Jimenez, Pat McMahon, Alexis Souahy, Sean Totsch
Midfielder - Corben Bone, Paolo DelPiccolo, Napo Matsoso, Niall McCabe
Forward - Antoine Hoppenot, Cameron Lancaster, Brian Ownby, Abdou Thiam
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