A former USL Championship Golden Boot winner is returning to Louisville City FC.
MLS side Nashville SC announced Thursday that it is loaning striker Cameron Lancaster to Louisville for the 2020 season. Lancaster, 27, played in Louisville for four seasons, helping the club win a pair of USL titles and claiming the league’s scoring title in 2018.
“Adding Cam to our roster for the 2020 season is instrumental to what we are trying to do in Louisville,” Louisville City sporting director John Hackworth said in a statement. “Cam was a big part of our club’s USL Championship titles, and we look forward to him helping us pursue our third star.”
Lancaster is a native of England and came up in the academy of Tottenham Hotspur. He made one appearance for the club in 2012. He played for two other clubs in England’s lower divisions before making the move to Louisville in 2015.
In 93 appearances for Louisville across four seasons, Lancaster netted 42 goals and dished out seven assists. In addition to claiming the Golden Boot and winning the USL title in 2018, he was also named to the All-League first team.
“I’m really happy to be back, Louisville is a club I owe a lot to. I am familiar with the setup, philosophy, players, and coaches. When the opportunity came to join on loan, I had to take it,” Lancaster said. “The team looks great and the coaching staff has a clear picture of how they want to play and what they want to achieve this season. I am grateful to be a part of that.”
After his record-setting 2018 campaign, where he scored 26 goals, Lancaster was one of the first few players that Nashville SC signed to an MLS contract. In the USL Championship with Nashville last year, Lancaster had five goals and an assist in 18 matches while battling injuries.
Nashville retains the right to recall Lancaster at any point during the season.
Louisville City begins its 2020 campaign on March 6 at North Carolina FC.