Q: This year, LouCity set club records for points, wins and shutouts, making them the fourth-most regular season points in league history. How did you and this team achieve that?
DC: Initially, I think it starts with the player acquisition process, but there are many different people involved, and you can give credit for that.Looking at relationships and ways [Louisville City FC President] james [O’Connor] I worked with each other. It’s been really positive for me and I think I’ve learned a lot. Looking at the depth of the team and the building of the roster, I think they played a big role in the standings this year.
And most importantly, as I said earlier this year, I think there’s a really good balance between the experience in the locker room and the young people in the locker room. It turns into something that you think is very unique and, more importantly, really special.
Q: The club’s academy has been highlighted this year with Joshua Winder’s call-up to the US U-19s and nomination for the Championship Young Player of the Year. play off. How do you feel about where that part of the club is headed next?
DC: I think we started to create something really special here. It starts with a few things. Number 1 is the age at which players enter our academy. No.2, integration of first team and academy staff.in constant dialogue with [Louisville City Academy Director] Luke [Spencer] When [Youth Academy Director] Mario [Sanchez] Players coming up, players who deserve training opportunities, strengths, weaknesses, and when they arrive in the first team – whether it’s an academy deal, a first team deal, or a player in training – I think you. We need a group of players willing to work with young players trying to lead.
I think that’s a big reason why our young players, especially those from our academy, have come forward. Then you have to look at their work rate and mentality, their understanding of what it means to be a professional. you need to adjust them. They are certainly all the way from our academy to the first team.