Louisville City FC's Magnus Rasmussen scored 13 goals in the 2019 season to earn Championship All-League First Team honors. | Photo courtesy Memphis 901 FC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC announced on Friday it had come to agreement with Magnus Rasmussen to dissolve the midfielder’s contract for 2020, allowing him to remain overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
LouCity Head Coach and Sporting Director John Hackworth added, however, that the club was aiming to bring back the Danish standout for the 2021 season.
“While this was a mutually agreed decision, it was nonetheless a very difficult outcome for both Magnus and our club," said LouCity coach and sporting director John Hackworth. "Magnus wishes that he could be here playing, and we certainly miss him on and off the field.
"The reality of this COVID-19 pandemic is that it has changed so many things in all of our lives, and this is just another unfortunate example of that. However, our plan is to re-sign Magnus for our 2021 season, reuniting him and his family with LouCity once again.”
Rasmussen and his wife, Camilla, earlier this month welcomed new daughter Olivia to their family in Denmark. The 27-year-old from Copenhagen played in his home nation’s second division before joining LouCity for its inaugural campaign, when he scored the first goal in club history in a victory over Saint Louis FC.
Rasmussen tallied eight goals in 2015 and three more during an injury-riddled 2016 season. After a year playing in Denmark, including for its national futsal team, he returned to LouCity in 2018 for its second straight USL Championship title run.
The midfielder led LouCity’s attack in 2019, pairing 13 goals with three assists that saw him voted to the Championship’s All-League First Team. Rasmussen then scored four postseason goals as LouCity won the Eastern Conference title for a third consecutive season.