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What to Watch for as LouCity Hosts North Carolina FC

First Half Penalty Leads to LouCity Loss at Tampa Bay

June 7, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Louisville City FC News Release

Louisville City FC defender Sean Totsch with possession
Louisville City FC defender Sean Totsch with possession
(Louisville City FC, Credit: Andrew Mascharka)

After winning on the road last weekend to move atop the Eastern Conference table, Louisville City FC returns to the friendly confines of Lynn Family Stadium to host North Carolina FC at 8 p.m. Saturday.

LouCity needed most of the 90 minutes to prevail last out at Miami FC, using a Sean Totsch penalty late on to secure its third result of a busy week packed with three games, two of them away.

A 2-1 win moved LouCity one point ahead of Charleston Battery on the table with a game in hand on the South Carolina outfit. City’s 29 points are best overall across the USL Championship and the third-highest number in league history through 12 games.

The width and freedom of Lynn Family Stadium’s pitch should be a welcome sight for the boys in purple, who are 6-0 at home this season and boast a +22 goal differential in those games. Whereas LouCity has scored 27 home goals, the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ 11 home goals rank second in the league.

North Carolina FC last met City in 2020, one weekend before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down sports across the country. Carolina moved to USL League One for the next three seasons before shifting back to the Championship this year off winning its first title in club history.

Coach John Bradford and eighth-place NCFC will be heading into this fixture following a weekend off, last competing May 25 when they cruised past Miami FC, 4-0, scoring all four goals in the second half.

LouCity will celebrate Pride Night in conjunction with Saturday’s game. The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a flag giveaway courtesy of U.S. Bank, and all proceeds from a new line of team-branded Pride merchandise benefits Louisville Youth Group, which creates a brave space for LGBTQIA+ Youth and Allies.

Follow along

– The game will air live locally on WBKI/The CW and ESPN Louisville’s AM 680/FM 105.7.

– If streaming, download the free WDRB+ app to watch the local feed in Louisville. ESPN+ or Golazo Network also streams the home feed of all USL Championship games not selected for national TV.

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

Player availability report

Kyle Adams (questionable)

Wilson Harris (questionable)

Brian Ownby (out)


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