Despite win streak, Louisville City FC 'only interested in the the next game'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – As Louisville City FC returns home to Slugger Field on Wednesday, head coach James O’Connor is not thinking about extending a win streak.
“I keep saying it, and everyone gets very bored. I’m not interested in four, five, six, seven. I’m interested in the next game, which is three points,” O’Connor said at Slugger Field on Tuesday. “Montreal will be a tough test.”
FC Montreal, the Canadian MLS II team for the Montreal Impact, is sitting well below the playoff line in the USL Eastern Conference, with less than half the point total of Louisville City. But that doesn’t mean much to coach O’Connor.
“They’ve got some technical players; they’ve got some players that have good pace.” O’Connor said. “When you play the MLS teams, you need to be very respectful.”
Even with his team on a six-game win streak, including a sweep of three straight road games, O’Connor wants to make sure the only focus is the next challenge.
“They’ve got good players, but equally we’ve got good players, and we’re very proud of the group that we have,” said O’Connor. “It sets up a great game and hopefully we’ll be able to get lots of supporters down to Slugger and create that atmosphere that we’ve had previously at home.”
Louisville City’s average attendance ranks second in the league with 6,391 – below only defending champs Sacramento Republic.
“If you look at the fan base that we have and the atmosphere at the games, it creates an excitement and a buzz, and the guys really enjoy playing here. So it’s something we look forward to,” O’Connor said.
In the last two road games, City dropped a goal in the first half and had to rely on strong second half performances to pick up wins. A win is a win, but O’Connor sees it as bittersweet.
“Obviously it’s not something that we want to make a habit of doing. We prefer to score first, but the character of the lads has been excellent,” he said. “There’s a steelness there that we’re really pleased about.”
Louisville takes on FC Montreal at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Slugger Field. Midfielder Aodhan Quinn has picked up the team’s first one-game suspension for too many yellow cards. Only Charlie Adams has picked up a suspension for disciplinary reasons when he received a red card against the Tulsa Roughnecks.
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