LOUISVILLE, KY (April 5, 2011)--The Louisville Lightning professional indoor soccer team is expanding its organization to include spring and summer opportunities for the top adult players in the region. A partnership between the Lightning and the premier Hispanic adult soccer team in the state of Kentucky will provide members of the Lightning professional and reserve teams opportunities to participate in indoor and outdoor soccer events throughout the year.
The team will be called “Juventus Lightning,” and partners the Lightning organization, players, and coaches with Juventus Louisville Soccer, a local and competitive team that has generated well-known talent and won numerous championships. Four professional players from the Lightning roster, including Jerry Chavez, Mariano Gonzalez, Safet Kovacevic, and Aziz Bogasevic have all previously represented the Juventus program within the past two years.
The Juventus Lightning team focuses on developing talent and passion for soccer within the diverse communities in Louisville, primarily the Spanish-speaking community. Nearly 18 of the 20 players on the roster lived in and originated from countries south of the United States, including Mexico, Haiti, and Ecuador. “This is an opportunity to bring the Hispanic and Louisville Lightning communities together to share one common factor in soccer,” said head coach Alex Molina. “It's a great responsibility, and it's a great opportunity to lead these fine group of players, as it is my goal to train them so they can go and play at the next level as professionals,” Molina stated.
Many of the players that play on the current Louisville Lightning Reserve team will participate on this team alongside the afore-mentioned professional players, as well as individuals hoping to earn professional contracts in the near future. The team will participate in the Louisville Latino Soccer League beginning with their first official game this Sunday, April 10. Future events include participation in the US Open Cup Arena Soccer League Tournament and the Kentucky State Amateur Soccer Championships. Players interested in participating on this team should e-mail or call the Lightning front office for more details.