In their words: A preview of Lexington Sporting Club’s inaugural season

Hear from Coach Sam Stockley + defender Diallo Irakoze on their excitement for the upcoming season.

Lexington Sporting Club teammates standing in a huddle.

Lexington Sporting Club teammates huddle after a scrimmage against Georgetown College. | Photo courtesy of Lexington Sporting Club

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We are just nine days away from Lexington Sporting Club’s inaugural season-opener against One Knoxville SC in Knoxville, TN, and less than a month out from their first home match on Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Toyota Stadium.

We spoke with Coach Sam Stockley and the hometown players at a recent practice to hear their thoughts on the upcoming season.

⚽ Coach Sam Stockley

On his excitement for the season —
“Difficult to put it into words at the moment. The lads are working so hard ... they’re excited, they’re bubbling, they’re full of passion, and they’re ready to go.”

⚽ Diallo Irakoze

On how it feels to be a part of the inaugural team —
“It’s an amazing feeling, especially this being my first ever professional team, it’s a really exciting thing.”

Stay tuned, we’ll have more fun quotes from the team in a future newsletter. 👀