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Luke Phillips joins Lexington as club's first-ever USL Academy signing

By Staff, 03/29/23, 12:45PM EDT


16-year-old goalkeeper will develop behind Amal Knight, Austin Causey

16-year-old goalkeeper will develop behind Amal Knight, Austin Causey | Image Credit: Lexington SC

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington SC on Tuesday announced the signing of 16-year-old goalkeeper Luke Phillips to a USL Academy contract, pending league and federation approval. Phillips becomes Lexington's first-ever USL Academy signing.

Signing a USL Academy contract allows Phillips to train and play with Lexington SC’s first team while also maintaining college eligibility, something he would otherwise lose playing at the professional level. He will also be able to compete with Lexington SC’s USL Academy squad, which officially launched last fall and looks to embark on its first full season.

More information about USL Academy contracts can be found here.

"I am beyond thrilled to be Lexington’s first USL Academy signing," Phillips said. "I’m thankful for the faith and trust the coaches have put in me."

"Luke is a bright, energetic and explosive young goalkeeper," said LSC's Head of Goalkeeping Connor Talbot. "His maturity and understanding are far beyond his years. We are thrilled to have him this early in his career and very excited to see his progression throughout the season and beyond."

Phillips grew up in Liberty Hill, Texas, having previous youth experience with Lonestar SC of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).

"I look forward to representing Lexington and all it stands for," Phillips added. "I’m very grateful for all the coaches and players that are mentoring me and for the opportunity to be part of such a great team."

Lexington SC will be taking part in the upcoming 2023 USL Academy Cup from March 31 to April 2 in Tampa, Fla. The club will send squads representing U-13 Boys, U-13 Girls, U-15 Boys, U1-9 Boys and U-19 Girls.

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