James Sands will get an opportunity to play with Louisville City FC. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

When James Sands joins Louisville City FC, it certainly won’t be foreign territory for the New York City FC defender.

The 18-year-old midfielder will be reunited with Louisville City FC head coach John Hackworth, for whom he played on the U.S. Under-17 national team.

The Rye, N.Y. native Wednesday was loaned to the United Soccer League club until Sept. 1. City retains the right to recall Sands at any point during that period subject to Major League Soccer roster compliance guidelines.

“We’re really excited to have a player of James’ quality come in and help this group,” Hackworth said on the Louisville website. “He’s a bright, young talent and we’re glad he is coming with the mindset to contribute as much as he can in this time.

“I’ve known James for some time and have already had the pleasure of working with him, now it’s about hitting the ground running. He looked the part in training already so we will see what he can add during this stretch. We’re ready and I know he is, too.”

The first Homegrown Player in City history in 2017, the 5-11, 162-lb. Sands joined NYCFC’s youth academy in 2015.

Sands made his debut when he replaced Andrea Pirlo against the Colorado Rapids Sept. 16, 2017. He has performed once this season for NYCFC during a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match and also represented the at the MLS Homegrown Game in Atlanta earlier this month.