Sunday, April 3, 2016

Player Profile: 'I'm going in and giving 100%"; Evan Louro signs for DCFC

Detroit City FC made the announcement that supporters have been waiting weeks for on Saturday, finally unveiling a goalkeeper to protect the Le Rouge net. 

Evan Louro comes into the City roster off of a very impressive 2015-2016 collegiate season as the starting goalkeeper for the University of Michigan. 

For the Wolverines, the net-minder started all 18 games of the season, and recorded a .89 goals-against-average, being a bright spot in a campaign that saw the Maize and Blue struggle down the stretch. 

Prior to playing in Ann Arbor, Louro used his skill in the United States Youth National program, manning the net for both the U17 and U20 youth national teams. 

While training with the New York Red Bulls Academy from 2010-2013, Louro featured in the Generation Adidas MLS Cup, winning the trophy in 2011. 

Luoro was a highly touted recruit leading up to his collegiate career, ranking as the No. 10 player in the nation by CollegeSoccerNews.com, and the No. 22 ranked player as well as No. 2 ranked goalkeeper in the United States by TopDrawSoccer.com.

The New Jersey native comes to Le Rouge off of a season that saw the 'keeper earn seven clean sheets. 

Currently being the only goalkeeper on DCFC's roster, it is understood that there should be at least one more goalkeeper announcement from the club, but Louro is ready to fight for the starting job. 

"I just want to go in and try my best to help the team," Louro told FTLOF. "Ultimately the choice isn't mine but the coach's on who he decides to play. 

"But I'm going in and giving 100%."

Being one of the more high profile signings that City has announced this season, it's easy to get excited about such a talented 'keeper donning the City shirt. But to Louro, it is he who is excited to step on the field for the club and to experience the atmosphere that fans bring to the stadium. 

"What brought me here was hearing some of my teammates at Michigan talking about the club," Louro said about joining Le Rouge. "When I was asked, I jumped at the opportunity. 

"What excites me the most is seeing the fan support first hand that I have heard so much about."

Seeing the fan support up-close-and-personal shouldn't be problem for Louro if he performs as well for DCFC as he does for the Wolverines.

The Northern Guard Supporters will be sure to sing his name throughout the 2016 NPSL season, if he can help the club to a successful run.

*Photo courtesy of Detroit City FC/University of Michigan soccer program

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