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LouCity Fires off Another Five-Goal Home Win, Routing Detroit

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May 29, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Louisville City FC News Release

Louisville City FC on game night
Louisville City FC on game night
(Louisville City FC, Credit: EM Dash Photography)

Louisville City FC trailed at home Wednesday for the first time all season, but it was a short-lived deficit for a squad that’s pouring in goals at Lynn Family Stadium.

LouCity answered Detroit City FC’s opener with five goals of its own, dazzling a weeknight crowd of 10,385 in the Butchertown neighborhood that included star rapper Jack Harlow.

The boys in purple improved to 6-0 in their USL Championship home games this season with a +22 goal differential at Lynn Family Stadium, which coach Danny Cruz has urged his team to make “a fortress.”

“I think the players have certainly taken that message on board,” Cruz said. “The performances at home, for the most part, have been excellent. And then on the road, as I’ve said multiple times, it’s a grind – different environments, different type fields.

“We need to continue to put on performances like that at home. It gives us the best chance to progress throughout the season and finish on the table where we want to be.”

With its win, LouCity (8-1-2, 26 points) pulled within one point of the Charleston Battery for the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference lead, and the boys in purple still hold a game in hand. This victory came against a team in Detroit (5-2-2, 17 points) that entered having conceded only seven goals in eight games – only one of them a loss.

The result looked in doubt early after Damian Las was forced to make an acrobatic free kick save in the 22nd minute but then mishandled a punched clearance leading to Matt Sheldon’s 34th-minute goal. Wes Charpie crossed to Arturo Ordóñez for an equalizer in the 42nd minute, and LouCity rolled out of the halftime break.

“It was a sloppy goal from us for sure,” said defender Jake Morris. “But I think this team is probably the most resilient in the USL. When we go down, there’s no doubt in our minds that we’re going to come back and get another one.”

Following Ordóñez’s goal – his first in purple – the game opened up for LouCity to the tune of four more in 26 minutes. Adrien Perez smashed one off the cross bar and in, Wilson Harris rifled in another from a hard angle in the box, and Morris carried a dribble from the midfield before skipping in a hard-driven shot from distance.

To cap the scoring, Sam Gleadle earned a penalty kick leading to another Harris goal, his 10th of the season already eclipsing…

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