LEXINGTON, Ky. – Striker Will Baynham has been signed by Lexington Sporting Club for the inaugural United Soccer League (USL) League One roster, pending federation and league approval.
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Baynham heads to Lexington SC after two seasons with Queen’s Park FC in Glasgow, Scotland. He scored five goals and provided two assists during the 2020-21 season, helping “The Spiders” earn promotion to Scottish League One.
Baynham began his youth career with AFC Bournemouth academy in England, but decided to pursue his education in the United States, where he first enrolled at Yavapai College and ultimately transferred to NCAA Division I University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).
During the 2019 season with the Gauchos, the 6-3 Baynham recorded 10 goals and eight assists in 24 matches, leading the squad to the NCAA Tournament “Elite Eight.” He scored goals in three consecutive NCAA Tournament matches, including the golden goal against fifth-ranked Indiana in the third round.
“I am extremely proud to be one of the first ever signings for Lexington SC,” Baynham said. “I’m excited to meet everyone within the club and fans throughout Lexington, and am hopeful we can achieve great things together and make history.”
When asked about the team goals for the upcoming season, Baynham said, “Given how tight USL League One has been recently, there is no reason why any team can’t win the league. Lexington SC is no exception. I understand new teams and environments takes time, but I believe we are here to win.”
“Will is a tall, aggressive striker who can score all types of goals,” said Sam Stockley, LSC’s head coach. “He’s a good holdup player and can bring other into the game thanks to his skill and vision. His scoring helped Queens Park FC secure promotion in the Scottish Professional Football League, and we see him as a major asset to our football club.”
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All of Lexington’s signings can be tracked here.
Lexington begins the USL League One season March 18 at One Knox SC, and will welcome Forward Madison FC for the home opener April 8. The full schedule can be found here.
About Lexington Sporting Club
Lexington Sporting Club is a U.S. Soccer professional soccer club competing in USL League One (U.S. Soccer Third Division Men’s Professional Soccer League). Launching its inaugural professional season in 2023, the professional team is the pinnacle of the soccer eco-system in Lexington and features more than 1,400 players within its youth and academy systems, a pre-professional women’s team beginning in 2023 in the USL W League and is in the process of building the club’s formal stadium, performance center and training fields.