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Louisville City draws 1-1 in physical away match at Richmond

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – In the team's first road game, Louisville City FC drew 1-1 with the veteran USL side Richmond Kickers. The teams played to a very physical draw that ended with seven bookings.

Louisville City got a big lift from Austen King, a loanee from the Carolina Railhawks who came on when Guy Abend had to be taken off due to an injury in the first half.

"We knew they would be much tougher in the second half but the tackle on Guy Abend that took him out of the game was disgraceful," coach James O'Connor said after the game. "He will head back home today to get X-rays."

King put City on the score sheet in the 35th minute, heading in a cross from a free kick. Last weekend's super sub, Charlie Adams, did not travel with the team due to an injury, but is expected back soon.

"I thought the first half was excellent," O'Connor said. "We dominated possession and could have scored more than one goal."

Kadeem Dacres, who put two shots on the stat sheet, was again brought off at halftime and replaced with Niall McCabe. Meanwhile, preseason star Matt Fondy, who managed two shots on goal (three total), was eventually replaced with Ilija Ilic.

Richmond equalized in the 52nd minute when Matthew Delicate collected a long cross and quickly turned it goalward.

When City's Juan Guzman was brought down from behind in the second half, King was apparently booked for having some words with the official as Fondy appeared to pull him away from the confrontation. 

City keeper Scott Goodwin was forced to come up with a handful of saves late as the Richmond pushed for the lead, but neither team was able to connect on several late attacks.

"Overall, I think we have to be very pleased to play an established team like Richmond and take a point on the road," O'Connor said.

The Louisville Coopers hosted a watch party for the away game at Against the Grain Brewery at Louisville Slugger Field. Against the Grain will show every away game on their TVs. 

At the team's next home game on April 16, the brewery will donate fifty cents from every pint sold of their soccer-specific beer 'Ball Control' to the Rovers Foundation.

Louisville City will next play on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. against the Rochester Rhinos. 

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