USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC added an experienced piece to its defense on Tuesday as it announced the signing of veteran USL defender Ben Newnam for the upcoming USL season.
Newnam broke into the professional ranks in the USL with the Charlotte Eagles in 2013, and made more than 50 appearances over two seasons for the club as he helped it reach the 2013 USL Championship. Newnam was then signed by the Colorado Rapids ahead of the 2015 MLS season, and he made his top-flight debut on April 29 against the New York Red Bulls.
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Newnam returned on loan to the USL from the Rapids to the Charlotte Independence midway through last season, and he made 11 appearances for the Independence before being released by the Rapids. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds then signed Newnam, and he made six regular-season appearances for the club as it reached the 2015 USL Playoffs.
“I have been aware of Ben for a few years now as he played against me in that Championship final in 2013,” Louisville Coach James O’Connor said. “He can play a number of positions, has good receiving skills and is technically sound. We are excited to have him here and I look forward to working with him.”
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Prior to turning professional, Newnam played in the PDL for both the Carolina Dynamo and Reading United AC. He also had a strong college career at Wake Forest.“I am very excited to be joining Louisville City,” Newnam said. “It is an honor to work with a team that is led by Coach O’Connor and his outstanding staff. The club’s aspirations fit with mine and I am enthusiastic about the tremendous support the team gets from its fans.”