LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Lexington is getting a professional soccer team.
At a Tuesday morning news conference, it was announced the city will be the new home for a United States League (USL) League One team beginning in 2023.
Members from the United Soccer League, Mayor Linda Gorton, and Bill Shively, the founder of Tower Hill Sports who majority owns the new franchise, announced the expansion team downtown.
The club’s first season will be played at a collegiate facility. Details on that are expected in the coming weeks.
“Since League One’s inception, Lexington is a place we’ve wanted to be because of its celebrated sports history and growing appetite for soccer. With tremendous leadership in Bill Shively, Vince Gabbert, and Tower Hill Sports, this club will create a new source of great pride for the people of Lexington and the Central Kentucky region,” said USL President Jake Edwards.
League One has also recently added expansion teams in Central Valley, California, northern Colorado, and Spokane, Washington.