A new season always means optimism for what’s ahead in the near future.For Louisville City FC, that includes the chance to play in front of more fans because of the increased sports venue capacity and a chance to get back to the USL Championship Final.Similar to the 2020 season, the season is starting later than usual — although much sooner than last year’s July start. Now, the club is getting ready to play its second season in the COVID-19 world.”It’s just been something that we continually have to deal with in a new normal over and over and over again,” LouCity head coach John Hackworth said. “That in and of itself has been a real test.”Because of the ongoing pandemic, the LouCity season is starting in late April when it usually starts in February or March.”Into preseason, it was quite long — maybe a four-month offseason,” LouCity midfielder Niall McCabe said. “When you’re sitting at home, just going to the gym, running not really doing what you’re used to doing, I think all the lads were kind of itching to get back to some kind of football structure that we’re used to.”With the new season comes new faces and Tyler Gibson is one of them. Before coming to Louisville, he led Indy Eleven in minutes and started all 16 games.With Lynn Family Stadium being able to increase its capacity for fans, he’s excited to see what it’s like being on the Louisville side of things.”I’m expecting it to be really loud in there,” he said. “Last year when we played here, I think it was only like 25 percent or something and it was incredibly loud in there.”LouCity will look to start the season with a win against Atlanta United 2 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

A new season always means optimism for what’s ahead in the near future.

For Louisville City FC, that includes the chance to play in front of more fans because of the increased sports venue capacity and a chance to get back to the USL Championship Final.

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Similar to the 2020 season, the season is starting later than usual — although much sooner than last year’s July start. Now, the club is getting ready to play its second season in the COVID-19 world.

“It’s just been something that we continually have to deal with in a new normal over and over and over again,” LouCity head coach John Hackworth said. “That in and of itself has been a real test.”

Because of the ongoing pandemic, the LouCity season is starting in late April when it usually starts in February or March.

“Into preseason, it was quite long — maybe a four-month offseason,” LouCity midfielder Niall McCabe said. “When you’re sitting at home, just going to the gym, running not really doing what you’re used to doing, I think all the lads were kind of itching to get back to some kind of football structure that we’re used to.”

With the new season comes new faces and Tyler Gibson is one of them. Before coming to Louisville, he led Indy Eleven in minutes and started all 16 games.

With Lynn Family Stadium being able to increase its capacity for fans, he’s excited to see what it’s like being on the Louisville side of things.

“I’m expecting it to be really loud in there,” he said. “Last year when we played here, I think it was only like 25 percent or something and it was incredibly loud in there.”

LouCity will look to start the season with a win against Atlanta United 2 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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