Louisville, Kentucky. – Louisville City FC announced Tuesday the addition of forward Isaac Cano to the team as the USL Academy the club signs ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. The signing, which is pending league and federation approval, will allow Kano, 18, to train and play for Roux City’s first team while maintaining his college eligibility.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity and everyone who has helped me get here,” Kano said. “The hard work continues.”
“This is a great opportunity for one of our Academy players to continue our development process,” added LouCity head coach Danny Cruz. His success on and off the field last year is a testament to his hard work.
“I am very proud of our journey with this club. [Louisville City FC Academy’s] What Mario Sanchez, Luke Spencer and the entire Academy coaching staff are doing to prepare these young players is very important to how we want to operate.
Kano attended Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in Lexington and as a senior, he scored 34 of 89 goals with the Bulldogs and won the 2021 state championship. Since then, he has emerged as the top player in his system for LouCity’s youth, recording minutes in his games in the club’s 2023 pre-season.
Kano assisted forward Wilson Harris’ goal in the February 4 draw with Major League Soccer’s Sporting KC. Next time, he started on February 6, as Lou City beat fellow USL championship club Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in preseason action.
“Issac is thrilled to have this opportunity,” said LouCity Academy Director Mario Sanchez. “Over the past three years, Isaac has worked hard to improve his game on and off the field. [Academy director] Luke Spencer and I look forward to seeing Isaac continue his growth journey this season. ”