Only three days after its season opener Louisville City FC and head coach John Hackworth have mutually agreed to terminate the latter’s contract, it was announced by the USL Championship club Tuesday.
Assistant coach Danny Cruz, has been appointed interim head coach.
No reason for Hackworth’s departure was announced by the club.
Louisville City FC recorded a 2-0 victory over Atlanta United 2 Saturday.
After taking over as head coach in 2018, Hackworth guided the team to a USL Championship title that season. He directed the club to a final in 2019 and to the Eastern Conference final last year.
“We are excited for Danny to take the reins of LouCity — a well-earned opportunity,” LouCity president Brad Estes said in a statement. “The momentum of this organization is unwavering, and we will continue to support our players and staff in their mission to fill the trophy case.”
Cruz joined the team in September 2018, seeing through the end of a campaign as LouCity secured its second successive championship. He also was technical director.
“I have a responsibility to that group in the locker room and to this club to continue the success that’s expected,” Cruz said in a statement. “I take a lot of pride in that, and I understand the importance of the opportunity.”
A U.S. Soccer Federation A license coaching candidate, Cruz spent nearly a decade as a professional player, too, totaling 137 Major League Soccer appearances with the Houston Dynamo, D.C. United and Philadelphia Union.
The Petersburg, Va., native Cruz and his wife, Brittney, live in Louisville with their son, Santiago.