BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Former Western Washington University men's soccer standout and assistant coach Oscar Jimenez has signed a professional contract with Louisville City FC in the United Soccer League.
Jimenez, a Skagit County native and product of Mount Vernon High School, played for the Vikings from 2008-2011 where he notched 22 career assists to tie for the all-time program record. Prior to arriving at WWU he was a three-time Skagit Valley Herald Player of the Year and with the Vikings was an All-West Region and All-GNAC player.
He has had two stints on the WWU coaching staff, most recently helping the Vikings to a 10-5-4 record in 2016 and the program's first trip to the NCAA Division II Championships.
“I am very pleased to see Oscar continuing his dream of playing professional soccer," said WWU head coach Greg Brisbon. "We will miss him as an assistant coach with the program, but I am very excited to see him play with Louisville City. Louisville City is a great organization with a great coaching staff. I think Oscar will fit in very well with the organization and continue to develop as a player.”
This is not the first professional step for Jimenez, as he spent the 2015 season with the USL Western Conference club Tulsa Roughnecks. He also was an attacking midfielder for the Seattle Sounders U-23s and played for Mississippi Brilla.
“I’ve only been here for a few days, and I’m already enjoying it,” said Jimenez in a LouCity news release. “I haven’t really played soccer with them yet, but they’re good guys outside of soccer. It’s really cool to be on a team where everyone cares for each other and it’s not like there’s cliques or groups of people. It’s a whole team together.”
Jimenez and LouCity are currently in preseason training the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The 2017 season opens March 25 vs. Saint Louis FC. WWU soccer fans can follow Jimenez and LouCity online at louisvillecityfc.com and on social media on Twitter and Instagram.
Here is a highlight video that LouCity shared on social media when Jimenez signed with the club:
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