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LouCity Hopes to Extend Unbeaten Streak at Atlanta

May 3, 2022 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Louisville City FC News Release


Louisville City FC forward Enoch Mushagalusa
Louisville City FC forward Enoch Mushagalusa
(Louisville City FC, Credit: EM Dash Photography)

On the road they go again.

After playing four of its five regular season matches away in April, Louisville City FC once again travels, this time to face Atlanta United 2 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.

The two sides opened their 2022 USL Championship campaign in City's home opener on March 12 at Lynn Family Stadium, with the boys in purple claiming a 1-0 victory. Wilson Harris netted a 70th-minute game-winner. Wednesday will also serve as the last regular-season meeting between Louisville and Atlanta before the Major League Soccer affiliate makes the move to MLS Next Pro in 2023.

City and Atlanta enter the contest on opposite ends of the spectrum. The boys in purple are now 11 games unbeaten across all competitions and sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 6-0-3 record and 21 points, four clear of second-place Detroit City FC. A dominant 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday night marked City's league-best sixth clean sheet of the regular season - and its eighth overall.

Atlanta, however, has lost its last three games and was outscored 10-1 in those contests, including a pair of 4-0 losses to Hartford Athletic FC and Pittsburgh. At 2-6-0 on the season, Jack Collison's side currently sits 11th on the Eastern Conference table and have yet to record a clean sheet.

Follow along...

Wednesday's game will air live locally on MyTV and ESPN Louisville's 680/105.7, with streaming via ESPN+ and the WDBR Now app.

For Starting XI and in-game updates, follow @loucityfc on Twitter and Louisville City FC on Facebook. Also find the club at louisvillecityfc on Instagram.

Story lines...

City's series: Since Atlanta United 2 joined the USL Championship ranks, LouCity has dominated their meetings, winning five, losing one and drawing two. The boys in purple have never lost to Atlanta at home, but the trips to Georgia have proven tougher. City is 1-1-2 at Atlanta United 2, with its last win coming in 2019, when former forward Abdou Thiam scored the game-winner in the 72nd minute.

Musha-goal-usa: Attacker Enoch Mushagalusa is in top form for City, with a goal in both of the past two matches and back-to-back Man of the Match performances. His 73rd-minute finish at Charleston Battery helped City salvage a draw and maintain its unbeaten run. The 22-year-old who signed this offseason from Sporting Kansas City II has started four league matches and appeared in eight, contributing an assist in addition his goals.

Kyle's clean start: Goalkeeper Kyle Morton has a comfortable league lead in clean sheets, with his six shutouts two better than any other goalkeeper in the USL Championship. Morton has 18 saves in 22 shots faced this season, plus four clearances. The 28-year-old Pennsylvanian has played every minute so far this campaign.

Weeknight winning: City has made a habit out of winning weeknight games, claiming nine wins in its last 14 weekday matches, with two more draws. The boys in purple topped another MLS affiliate 2 team in their only other weeknight game this year, a 2-0 win at New York Red Bulls II on Wednesday, March 23.

Wynder returns: Birthday boy Josh Wynder, who just turned 17, is back with Lou City after a nine-day stint in camp with the U.S. national U-19 team. The Louisville native and star City center back received the call-up after a strong to the 2022 campaign that saw him start seven matches across all competitions and help lead the boys in purple to five shutouts.

Harris's hot start: Young striker Wilson Harris is off to a fantastic start with his new team, scoring five goals and adding two assists in his first 11 matches with Lou City. He tallied one goal and one assist in City's comprehensive 2-0 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday, giving him two goals in the last three matches. Harris's four league goals rank second on the USL Championship leaderboard.





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Louisville City FC forward Enoch Mushagalusa
Louisville City FC forward Enoch Mushagalusa

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