Where Are They Now: Louisville City’s 2016 Starting XI
On March 26th, 2016, Louisville City began their play in their second season in the USL against the Charlotte Independence. After finishing second in the Eastern Conference and making it to the Eastern Conference Finals, Lou City was eager to build off the success in their very first season. The start of the 2016 season saw a few fresh faces join the roster. Below are the members of the first starting eleven of the 2016 campaign and a look at where their careers have taken them.
Guy Abend (#19) – Guy was a member of the inaugural 2015 starting eleven and would stay with the club through the 2016 and 2017 season-ending his time with City as a champion. He totaled 63 appearances and 6 goals. Since leaving Louisville, the Israeli player has seen himself feature with Reno 1868 in 2018 and with St Louis FC from 2019 through the end of 2020 when St Louis FC folded. As of this writing, Guy has not signed with a new club. He was featured in a club-produced “get to know” video found here.
Aodhan Quinn (#4) – Aodhan Quinn is the son of former USMNT player Brian Quinn. Aodhan was a member of the 2015 and 2016 Lou City rosters totaling 49 appearances and five goals. After the 2016 season, he made the jump to the wrong side of the Dirty River Derby and joining FC Cincinnati for their 2017 campaign. After only 17 appearances in the orange and blue, Aodhan moved on to join Orange County SC in the Western Conference. He spent three seasons with Orange County tallying 80 appearances and 23 goals. In December 2020, Aodhan signed with Phoenix Rising FC for the 2021 season. Check out this video for his 2016 “returning player” announcement that featured an incredible free-kick goal.
Mark-Anthony Kaye (#12) – The Canadian Toronto FC Academy product joined Lou City in 2016 and made 24 appearances that season with one goal and three assists. MAK contributed four goals for Morados in 2017 on the way to the club’s first championship. Catching the eye of Los Angeles FC, he was then transferred to the MLS side for $35k. MAK is still a member of the black and gold and has made 79 total appearances, contributing nine goals and earning MLS All-Star honors in 2019. For a bit of a throwback, Lou City did a Q&A video with MAK during the 2016 season.
Sean Reynolds (#15) – Sean had 59 appearances and one goal during his three-year stay with Louisville City FC from 2015 to 2017. He then joined frenemies St Louis FC for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, making a total of 55 appearances. In 2020, Sean made one appearance for Chattanooga FC in the NISA. As of this writing, Sean has not signed with another club, although it’s possible that something is in the works (perhaps in coaching).
George Davis IV (#22) – “Cuatro” is the current leader in all-time USL Championship appearances with 233, fifth all-time in minutes (15,578), and sixth overall in total regular-season goals (56). He joined Lou City for the 2016 campaign and has remained with the team since. Of note, he was one of the three players to serve as Joint Interim Manager during the summer of 2018 between Coach O’Connor and Coach Hackworth’s tenor. He now sits second in games played for the club at 128 and fourth for goals with 24. Now at the age of 33, his playing career is winding down and he will serve in a dual player-admin role. Check out his signing announcement video to see him in action before his time with City.
Chandler Hoffman (#17) – In 2016, Chandler was the team’s leading goal scorer with 14 goals in USL play in 28 appearances. The Birmingham, AL native moved on from Lou City after the 2016 season heading to the Western Conference to join Real Monarchs. He made 65 appearances and 28 goals for the Monarch over two seasons before heading home and signing for the Birmingham Legion. He only had 17 appearances and 4 goals in 2019 and 2020 before being loaned out to Orange County SC for the rest of the 2020 season. You can hear from Chandler in this short WLKY player profile.
Kyle Smith (#24) – In 2016, the Cincinnati-native and Transylvania grad abandoned his career as an accountant to play professional soccer after signing with Louisville City after a successful trial. This proved to be a wise move as he would go on to win two USL Cups in 2017 and 2018 before following Coach O’Connor to the MLS ranks in Orlando. Despite Coach O’Connor’s time as an MLS coach coming to an end, Kyle has maintained a successful career in the US’s top-flight, accumulating over 2,500 minutes in 28 starts and 45 total appearances. Check out his 2016 highlights here.
Conor Shanosky (#5) – The DC United product was featured in City’s original starting eleven and would see himself total 41 appearances and 4 goals over the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Conor then joined the USL Championship side Richmond Kickers who he was loaned to earlier in his career. The Kickers would later drop to the 3rd tier USL League One in 2019. Since joining them in 2016, he has made 67 appearances and scored twice. He was with Richmond until August 2020. Conor has earned his USSF C Coaching License, so perhaps Lou City will play a side managed by him in the future. Check out his signing video here. You can also hear from Conor during his appearance on Rivercity93 shortly after he departed from the Kickers.
Scott Goodwin (#1) – Goodwin was Lou City’s first man between the sticks and subsequently earning the club's first clean sheet with the 2-0 win over St Louis. Scott would record 35 total appearances with the club during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Scott ended his professional soccer career early after having been accepted into Harvard Medical School. He did, however, make an encore appearance on the pitch late in the 2016 season. Jason Ence did a delightful piece on the end of Scott’s professional soccer career. Check out some of his best saves in purple here.
Andrew Lubahn (#77) – Andrew Lubahn joined Louisville City in 2016 after a year with the Harrisburg City Islanders. He made 26 appearances and scored three goals before moving in in 2017 to NASL side San Francisco Deltas who went on to win the 2017 NASL Championship. Andrew returned to the USL in 2018 with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. After 18 appearances in the steel city, he became the fourth player Loudoun United ever signed when he joined them in 2019. He once again left the USL when he joined the New York Cosmos for their 2020 NISA campaign. Preparing for life after his playing career, Andrew appears to be positioning himself to work within the sporting, technology, and bio-hacking spaces. You can learn more about that on his website.
Son Jong-hyun (#19) – Coming off two seasons in the collegiate ranks with Holy Cross College in Indiana, Son joined City in 2016 and only registered three appearances (one of which being this first match of the 2016 season). And that, apparently, is where his professional career ended. That explains why Kevin Kernen dubbed him the team’s worst signing.