The last meeting between two of the United Soccer League’s biggest rivals – Louisville City FC and FC Cincinnati – at Louisville Slugger Field drew a LouCity record crowd of 10,062 fans.
A year later, fans will have their shot at defeating that record as FC Cincinnati makes a return trip to Louisville Slugger on July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The boys in purple will need their home crowd at its best when the blue and orange come to visit as the team is looking for their first win of the season against their biggest rival.
The previous two match-ups have been decided by one goal – a 1-1 draw in April and a 1-0 FC Cincinnati win in May’s U.S. Open Cup elimination game – but LouCity’s recent offensive production might prove too much for their opponent.
Barely knocking LouCity out of the U.S. Open up in May the blue and orange have since beaten two MLS teams – the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire – in their hunt for the trophy. While LouCity would rather be in the race for the Cup, the club realizes the benefit that FC Cincinnati defeating MLS teams has for the USL as a whole.
“It’s just cool to see a team from the USL play an MLS team and win, even though they’re our rival. It’s great for the league because it shows on any given day, 11 versus 11, whoever wants it the most will win the game, and that’s what happened last night,” said LouCity standout defender Oscar Jimenez.
Both teams showcase MLS level talent on their rosters. Current LouCity and former Cincinnati striker Luke Spencer – who left the May match early with a hamstring injury – was drafted as the 23rd overall pick of the 2013 MLS draft by the New England Revolution. However, Spencer was forced to take a step back from the game after suffering an ACL tear.
“It should also encourage other players in the USL, because they’ve shown they can cope. That’s the biggest thing. We believe we have MLS players, and when you see something like that, it just proves that what we’re saying is probably true,” said LouCity head coach James O’Connor after Cincinnati’s win against the Fire on Wednesday.
The biggest home game of the season calls for the ultimate level of support. With an atmosphere that rivals only college football, LouCity has a created a legacy in just three short years in Louisville and it’s never to late to jump on the bandwagon.
The crowd will be electric on July 15 so don’t miss your chance to catch the two rivals. Get discounted tickets for KSR readers using promo code “KSR” here.