Louisville City FC has gotten Lucky, as in Lucky Mkosana.
The former Cosmos forward has signed with the United Soccer League Championship side after playing for Penn FC last season.
The Zimbabwean international became the 18th signing under City head coach John Hackworth in offseason. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not be released.
“I’m extremely excited to be part of an incredible organization and I’m looking forward to meeting the team, staff, fans, and to kick off the 2019 season,” Mkosana.
Hackworth noted Mkosana will add to his forward line, stating.
“I have known Lucky for quite some time,” he said. “In addition to being a quality goal scorer, he is an even better person. On the field, his movement off the ball fit the profile for what we were looking for. He is versatile enough to play several positions across our forward line, but most importantly, has the work ethic and attitude that will no doubt contribute to our group.”
Mkosana, 31, performed for Dartmouth College between 2008-2011, netting 44 goals in 73 appearances and was named Ivy League player of the year in 2011.
The 5-9, 169-lb. Mkosana was drafted 23rd overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire, but was not signed by the club. Instead, Mkosana’s professional career began with the Harrisburg City Islanders, where he scored 20 goals in 41 matches in two years. A loan stint with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2013 led to a permanent signing by the North American Soccer League club the next year.
After one whole and one partial season with the Rowdies, Mkosana’s NASL journey continued with the New York Cosmos where he netted nine times in 52 games and was a member of the 2016 NASL champions. After a brief spell with IFK Mariehamn in the Åland Islands, he returned to the Cosmos for the reminder of the 2017 season.
Mkosana made the switch to USL side Penn FC prior to the 2018 season and contributed 11 goals in 29 games, including two goals against LouCity in a 3-3 draw on June 16. He also received his first international call-up to the Zimbabwe national team for its African Cup of Nations qualifier Sept. 9.