As the inaugural USL PRO season grows nearer for Louisville City FC, Orlando City SC's affiliate, new player signings are starting to dominate the news with the first-year club. This week the club announced the signing of former D.C. United player Conor Shanosky, bringing the club it's first player who has had experience in the American top-flight.
Born on December 13, 1991, the Sterling, Virginia native played high school soccer at Potomac Falls High School, where he was a standout All-State, All-Region and All-District defensive midfielder. He joined the D.C. United academy in 2009, where he featured as captain for the U-18 squad. Upon leaving high school in 2010, Shanosky signed a letter of intent to play college soccer at George Mason University but forwent that opportunity to sign with United in August of that year as the club's third homegrown player.
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It was a short-lived career for Shanosky at DC, where he only featured in five matches for the Red and Black, including a CONCACAF Champions League match. He spent most of his time on loan in the lower leagues of American soccer, making appearances for the Harrisburg City Islanders and Richmond Kickers of USL PRO and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of NASL. Shanosky has spent the majority of his career with the Kickers, making 31 appearances there over last two seasons, where he was a part of a regular season championship squad in 2013.
On the International scene, Shanosky featured in eight matches for the U.S. U-20 squad that won the Milk Cup in Ireland back in 2010.
"Conor is a massive signing for us," Louisville City FC head coach James O'Connor said of Shanosky. "To have had MLS, U.S. National Team and CONCACAF Champions League experience, Conor is someone that we are extremely excited to join us, and his character and leadership will definitely make a difference this season."
Shanosky is Louisville City's sixth signing thus far, joining Kadeem Dacres, Juan Guzman, Guy Abend, Adam West, and Sean Reynolds. The 6-foot-4 defender is Louisville's fourth defensive minded signing, showing the emphasis that O'Connor will put on that side of play.
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