Brian Ownby, who grew up in Glen Allen and played for the Richmond Strikers at the travel and academy levels, is now one game away from lifting the USL Cup for the professional soccer team Louisville City FC.
Ownby has been a part of championship teams at multiple stages in his soccer career. While playing for the Richmond Strikers, he helped Deep Run High School win their first ever State Championship. Ownby then played at University of Virginia, helping the Cavaliers win the National Championship in 2009.
After college, he was drafted by the Houston Dynamo, where he stayed for two seasons, making 29 appearances in the MLS. Ownby then returned to Richmond, playing two seasons for the Kickers, who also play in the USL, before signing for Louisville in January of 2017.
Ownby has been instrumental in the team's playoff run, scoring the winning goal in the Eastern Conference Semifinal and scoring in the 1-1 draw in the Eastern Final that saw Louisville advance in penalty kicks.
“Louisville City FC has given me that chance to show what I'm capable of doing on a soccer pitch. The relationships I have built with the coaching staff all the way to the front office is something special. The trust everyone has for each other is unheard of and is definitely a positive component to our success so far this year,” said Ownby when asked about his experience at Louisville.
“This season has been one of the most exciting seasons for me. It's awesome to still be alive in the competition fighting for a championship! I have been blessed to be able to help out my team, regardless if it is off the bench or starting. For us to have this opportunity to play for a championship is unbelievable. This is why you play the game! We know how big this game is to the league, but more importantly this is huge for the city of Louisville. This is the opportunity to put Louisville City FC even more on the map for American soccer. Our mentality is to show everyone the work we have put in this year to get to this moment.”
Brian is currently tied for the second most goals for Louisville City FC this season with 7, including one goal that was voted the USL Goal of the Week.
Louisville will play against Swope Park Rangers in the USL Cup Final on Monday, November 13th at 9 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.