Louisville City Heading North to Face Ottawa
Louisville City is hoping to keep the positive vibes rolling after dispatching Nashville SC last weekend. The Boys in Purple head north to Ottawa for a Sunday afternoon showdown with the Fury in a key Eastern Conference points race battle.
Ottawa (7-3-7, 28 points) is currently seventh in the East, one spot below Louisville City. Louisville City gained three points from a win over Nashville, moving up to 6th in the East with 29 points (8-5-5).
The Fury are a force to be reckoned with. Since losing to LouCity on April 20 (1-0), Ottawa has only lost once and has wins over Atlanta United 2, North Carolina, Bethlehem Steel, Charlotte Independence and Charleston Battery.
"They have been on a really good run since we have played them," Louisville City FC coach John Hackworth said. "We are expecting a really competitive game. It is on a much bigger field and I think they'll play tactically a little different because it is at their home. We just have to be prepared for that, and then try to build on what we did in the previous game and really the previous weeks because we felt like we played some really good soccer against Indy, particularly in the second half."
Louisville City is hoping to get a better start vs. Ottawa than it has in several recent matches. LouCity has given up an early goal in the last three matches. Hackworth said he hopes to correct that trend, but he also likes how his team responded to adversity.
"I think our reaction, in a game where we again went down a goal, was very good," Hackworth said. "I just felt like we responded well and really from the 55th minute on, I felt like we were going to win it, not just tie the game, but win it, and that's what we did. We got the goal off the set piece and then we kept that momentum going. Our second goal was thing of beauty."
Louisville City travels to Canada on Saturday, will train in Ottawa Saturday night before taking on the Fury Sunday afternoon. Ottawa is coming off a 3-2 Wednesday night win over the Wanderers in the Canadian Championship Tournament.
Kickoff is at 2:06 p.m. The game will be televised on WBKI locally and streamed online through ESPN+. The local radio broadcast is on 840 WHAS with Kevin Kernen and Jeff Greer.
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