Photo courtesy FC Cincinnati
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Defending USL champion Louisville City FC announced on Tuesday it had signed former USL Cup champion Pat McMahon as its first new signing of the offseason. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
McMahon claimed the 2015 USL Cup with the Rochester Rhinos before spending the past two seasons with Louisville’s River Cities Cup rival FC Cincinnati. McMahon made two appearances for FCC in the 2017 season, but has made 83 regular-season appearances in the USL over the past four seasons, having played at least 26 games in each of the 2014-16 seasons.
“I’m excited – obviously the fans compare to where I’ve been the last four years. There’s good support here. The club is run well and I’m excited about that,” said McMahon. “Coming off a league win and winning the playoffs – I’d love to do that again! I feel excited to get going and get down there and start work during preseason.”
Photo courtesy Brett Hansbauer / FC Cincinnati
The 31-year-old McMahon joins a Louisville defense that sported the second-best defensive record in the USL Eastern Conference in the 2017 regular season, and then recorded shutouts in three of four outings on its way to claiming the 2017 USL Cup. He is the second player to make the move south to Louisville after the arrival of Luke Spencer last offseason, and will be reunited with fellow defender Sean Totsch, with whom he claimed the USL Cup in Rochester three seasons ago.
“[Head coach] James [O’Connor] said it was like a family,” said McMahon. “You’re with a group of guys, you work hard together, and it’s very demanding but those are the situations that get the most out of people. It’s how everyone comes together as a team to pull in the same direction.”
“On the field and off the field, it’s about creating a winning mentality as a group. I think that’s why he’s been so successful with Louisville – now with us – but I’m looking forward to it once I get down there.”