New Signing – Tyler Gibson
Updated: Dec 16, 2020
After a number of re-signing, Louisville City has its first new acquisition of the offseason. Tyler Gibson will join the squad from rivals, Indy Eleven. The Knoxville-native was a four-year starter at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte earning Freshmen-of-the-Year in 2009 as well as All Atlantic 10 conference First Team selections. After college, he played in the NASL for the San Antonio Scorpions (2015), Rayo OKC (2016), and the short-lived San Francisco Deltas (which there is an Athletic piece on). After three years in the NASL, Gibson joined FC Cincinnati in 2018, their final USL season. For the past two years, Gibson has been a regular with Indy Eleven. Last season, he started all 16 games with an impressive 84% pass success rate.
The Lou City staff are excited about the recent addition to the squad. “Tyler is a tremendous addition to our roster for the upcoming 2021 season,” said LouCity’s head coach and sporting director, John Hackworth. “He is a technically gifted midfielder that fits well into our style of play. More importantly, we know that Tyler suits our competitive culture as a person of high character.” Danny Cruz, assistant coach and technical director added, “We have been looking at Tyler for a couple years now and admire the way he goes about his business every weekend. We are excited to be able to add another quality midfielder to this impressive group. He is a player of high character who will be an excellent fit to the culture here at Louisville City. We are happy to have him and look forward to getting him integrated with the group.”
Gibson, recognizing Morados’s success, is eager to join the growing club. “Playing against Louisville City was always difficult,” Gibson said. “That style of play and type of culture in place isn’t everywhere. I’m very excited to get started in Louisville, and I can’t wait to play in front of the fans and be part of their city." “The organization is doing a lot of things right in terms of building a professional club. Becoming part of the winning culture in Louisville is the No. 1 thing I want to be part of.”
Tyler Gibson is an exciting addition to the team and will increase the level of competition in the midfield. It never hurts to add another solid passer to the roster. It is also worth noting that Speedy Williams has yet to re-sign. He is notorious for being slow to re-sign so that does not necessarily indicate he will not be back. While that remains to be seen, Gibson’s signing bolsters the confirmed listing of midfielders. Taking such a notable role-player from Indy Eleven (described by USLTactics as the "heart of Indy's midfield") signals Lou City’s intention to remain a dominate force in the USL.