by: Evan Floyd
Louisville City Football Club is 4-0-0, with a two point cushion and a game in hand on second place NYRBII. The men in purple haven’t lost since 2009 (that’s an exaggeration, but only just…). This team is really good and it seems as though they have untapped potential to be even better. It is WAY too early to start thinking about repeat championships, deep Open Cup runs, record winning streaks, or eventual world domination, but it is safe to say that this team is good and projects to continue being good.
They are very good, and it seems foolish to question that. But if you spend enough time lurking around shady corners of the internet, searching for information and spicy hot takes about USL soccer, you can find qualms. Reddit, twitter, and other various message boards, podcasts, and fan sites are digging deep, but they are finding ways to cast doubt about the sustainability of LCFC’s dominance. Most of those questions are being raised by LCFC fans themselves. “Can we score enough?” “Can our depth survive injuries/suspensions?” “Can our attendance sustain the organization?” “Why is our merchandise still pretty limited or lame?”
This is natural. Other teams and their fan bases are scared of playing this team, because as I noted above, they are really good. But our supporters aren’t scared of any other teams. We are mostly scared of ourselves. Nobody wants to get complacent. Nobody wants to be taken by a surprise problem. And the more we question this organization, the more vindicated we’ll feel as they succeed, and the less disappointed we’ll be if they should fail. It’s a normal fan-base mentality.
But it’s stupid, ‘cause this team is really freaking good. I am not worried about the product we are putting out on the field. We’ll probably lose games. We probably won’t win the US Open Cup. And I hate to say this, but the odds are against us repeating as USL Champs. But we will be a factor in all of those competitions because this team is damn good.
With all that being said, I think there is a hidden problem that could derail this team and lead to our downfall that no one is paying attention to. It’s insidious, and a little subtle. But all great soccer franchises have had a great common denominator that Lou City is currently lacking:
We don’t have any great player songs.
Oh, we have songs, and some of them are pretty great. I like our spin on Karma Chameleon. We do a serviceable When The Saints Go Marching In. We are particularly good at chanting and call and response. The Groove Machine is world class and the drumming they do is top notch. But none of our songs is player specific.
There have been efforts. Matthew Fondy Baby (and to a lesser extent, Chandler Hoffman Baby) to the tune of We’re Not Gonna Take It wasn’t bad. I vaguely remember a Kadeem Dacres song riff on the Battle Hymn of the Republic. But even these attempts were half-hearted at best.
Maybe this team is just too much of a collection. There is no dominant star to call our attention to. They are all good, and as a group they are phenomenal. But that’s just it: they are a team first. And I’m sure that Coach O’Connor loves that every player on the field might score a goal for us on any given day, but it makes it difficult to rally behind any individual. It’s a fine problem to have.
But it is a problem. The great European clubs have dozens of songs for their favorite players and you can hear them ring out every time they do something at home. I love singing songs about Lou City. But I’d like to have something awesome to sing when our guys do something individually brilliant. It is magnificent that we have such a great team first culture, but these are individual guys. The closes we come is the very generic “Greg’s our Keeper!” C’mon Purple people, our boys deserve more.
This is not my strong suit. Wouldn’t it be great if I had a badass song for Luke Spencer or Brian Ownby or Sean Totsch to debut right now? Well I don’t. So I am asking the fans at large to come up with a solution. Make it original. We don’t need another song to the tune of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”. But also, make it easy to sing and memorable. It’s not an easy needle to thread, but it’s important for our fan culture. Someone write the quintessential Oscar Jimenez song!
This is a crowd sourced request. Write the song. Commit to it even if it doesn’t catch on right away. Don’t give up on it just because it doesn’t immediately go Platinum. Get your group of four friends to sing it every time Richard Ballard scores. Let it spread like wildfire. We can make this happen.
Louisville City FC are going to keep being good. Let’s solve our only real problem. If you write it, we will sing it. If you happen to come up with a catchy one, I will sing it on the “In The House” podcast in an effort to spread it. Get to work, future John Lennon!