Louisville City hopes to carry recent momentum on the road
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A three-game win streak over the last 20 days has charged some momentum into Louisville City FC this summer.
But a week after a 1-0 home win against the second-place Charlotte Battery, City now heads to Pittsburgh for a date with the best offense in the USL Eastern Conference.
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds will enter Saturday's match with 35 goals in 17 games, the most in the East and just one behind Colorado Springs Switchback FC for most in the league.
But Louisville combats that with just 14 goals allowed in 16 games this season, second to only Rochester Rhinos, the top team in the league.
"I think we've been pleased with the group that we have," head coach James O'Connor said of his team's defense this season. "It's always nice to keep a clean sheet.
"Obviously against a team that is capable, we need to be very mindful of their attacking threats."
Louisville forward Matt Fondy, who scored three goals over the recent home win streak, said the team has found its form of late.
"I think it builds chemistry," Fondy said of the success at home. "We're going to look to implement the same kind of strategy (on the road), try to control the game with possession and keep the clean sheets that we've been getting."
It seems the team's mentality traveling to Pittsburgh is to continue momentum they've built. With three straight Saturday's on the road in front of them, City is hoping to continue the high level of play they've become accustomed to at Louisville Slugger Field.
"We're really just focused on ourselves," midfielder Bryan Burke said. "We know what we need to do, when we perform, to beat them. We have a long away stretch coming up ... We've got to keep it going on the road."
Louisville City FC at. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
7 p.m. at Highmark Stadium
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