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Soccer in the City | Prominent Louisville soccer stars on their journey

Soccer has been growing in popularity in the River City and across the United States.

Hayley Minogue, Phillip Murrell (WHAS 11)

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Published: 5:51 PM EDT September 5, 2022
Updated: 1:50 PM EDT September 7, 2022

A famous quote by Brazilian former international soccer star, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, points to one of the most important qualities a soccer player must have: enthusiasm.

"Enthusiasm is everything," Nascimento said. "It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string."

In the past decade, Louisville stepped in to serve as the guitar string, sending the energy back to local teams.

There are soccer programs and clubs for children as young as two in Louisville. And with so many choices, managers we spoke to say they want kids to play, even if it isn't with their group. 

Here's how some of the biggest names in Louisville soccer got their start:

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